#tbt Christmas morning

My quest to be a more diligent blogger (and capture all of life’s fleeting moments) is feeling more like a study of inertia – a tendency to do nothing or remain unchanged.  W finally fell asleep for nap #2 of the day (something he’s been fighting for weeks) and I couldn’t get to the couch fast enough to have some much anticipated “mommy time.”

And then you ruined it.

Ok, so not you, per say, but the fact that I’d committed (in writing, just two days ago) to writing a post a week.  To keeping my focus not on literary perfection, but capturing the hilarious imperfections of life with a toddler.  Ugh, sometimes I get really irritated with myself when I move forward on something with such public gusto only to look back and think, Ugh, why did I say I’d do that?  I’m so annoying!  But the little voice in my head that hates to fail was louder than the volume on the TV (which isn’t hard when it’s nap time and I pretty much have to have the subtitles on to understand ANYTHING that’s happening.  But I digress…)

So.  Here we are again.  Post #2 of the week.  That’s the rate at which I’m going to need to crank ’em out and catch up on what’s happened without missing out on posting about what’s happening now.  So, I thought, why not make Thursday’s weekly post a dedicated #tbt post to catch up on missed happenings during my 3 month hiatus.  I’ll pair it with an Instagram picture.  For some reason, that makes this seem easier.  I guess I’m just a sucker for a good filter.

Let’s try and start where I left off – Christmas!

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My husband and I were SO excited for W’s first Christmas…and slightly overwhelmed with the number of parties and dinners and gatherings that we were schleping him around to.  New parents know there is nothing as terrifying as interrupting a baby’s nap.  Welp.  We had to get over that fast because celebrations were in full swing.  There were presents to open.  Faces to be stuffed with food.  But, as with most things, W took the holiday season in stride and (yet again) proved that most of the time we’re silly to worry.  He adjusted perfectly and loved all of the Christmas lights and decorations…and food!

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What we were most excited for, though, was Christmas morning.  We wondered if W was too young to understand the concept of presents or new toys, and if the wonder of Christmas morning would be lost on him.  We’d resolved to only buy W a few new toys and had asked grandparents and relatives to do the same.  But, the presents that we did buy, were laid out underneath the tree and unwrapped in hopes that their flashy colors and new-ness would catch his eye.

As soon as we heard him wake up, my husband got the video camera set up in the living room.  We all snuggled in our bed while I nursed W (our morning tradition) and it was finally time for the big reveal.  I carried W down the stairs in his new pajama’s (with an adorable firetruck on the front).  The house was still dark, but the Christmas tree lights glowed and his new toys sat sparkly, shiny and new below it.  My husband and I exchanged quick and anticipatory glances…did W understand that these were new toys?  That this morning was special?

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Yes!  He looked under the tree and pointed.  Then he looked at my husband.  And back at me.  As if to ask, “Are these really for me?  Are these new toys I can play with?”  And without further ado he got right to work pushing his alphabet train around and chasing this little bug that vibrates around and rolls balls around.

It was priceless.  As is pretty much everything he does.

We played for about an hour before starting the long day that is Christmas.  First, breakfast with my husband’s family and then a 2hour drive to my grandparents house for dinner with my mom’s family.  W screamed the whole way home that night and we were ALL ready for bed by day’s end.  But, it was still an awesome day.  I’ll never forget coming around the corner and seeing the look on his face when he caught sight of his new toys…those are the moments.

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And speaking of moments.  My solo moments are up.  The little guy is awake.  Funny thing, though, about Christmas morning and all…it pretty much feels like Christmas morning EVERY morning (and afternoon) when I go into his nursery to find him squealing and giggling with excitement and outstretched arms.

Yours truly,

MomME

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Mistle toes and festive fingers

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Twenty five years later, my parents still have the cinnamon ornaments my sister and I made at school as kids.  They adorn the mantle every year at Christmas time, bringing the perfect waft of cinnamon-y deliciousness.  So, when I was thinking about some fun things my mommy friends and I could do at our weekly get together, it was the perfect time to make some for our mantle.

Crazy to think they’ll last 25 years…But, considering they contain three ingredients (all which you can buy at the grocery store) and only took a few hours to make, bake and decorate…it seemed incredibly cost-effective.  Oh, and fun!

According to Martha, here’s what you need per batch (I doubled the batch and made 6 1/2 ornaments the size of hamburgers):

  • 1 jar of applesauce (1/4 cup per batch…there will be PLENTY left over)
  • 2 big containers of cinnamon (1 cup per batch, just about used all of it)
  • 2 bottles of Elmer’s glue (1/2 cup per batch, used all of it)

Martha’s blog has more details, but in short, all you do is mix the cinnamon and applesauce together with a spatula, then add the glue.  Let it rest for one hour.  Roll out the dough on a cool surface with a rolling-pin, 1/4 at a time.  Make them anywhere from 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick.  Use cookie cutters or a circular shape to cut out your ornaments, then use a straw to poke a hole at the top for your string.  Cook at 200 degrees for 2 hours (or until dry).

Next, round up all of the fun craft items you have around the house.  I pulled out some paints, glitter, glitter glue, gold sharpies and paint pens.  I put a tiny dab of paint on a plastic plate, let baby W rub his hands around a bit, and then WHAM!  Right onto that cinnamon-y round of awesomeness.

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I highly recommend making these with friends or family.  Not just because the holidays are about spending time with those you love, but because trying to dip a toddler’s hand or foot in paint and successfully make contact with a small target (and ONLY that target) is challenging.  It helped to have a few moms playing with the babes while the others decorated, and then switch.

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We will definitely be making a few more batches and gifting to grandparents!  I know the hubby will be excited to decorate a few with his little guy 🙂

Yours truly,

MomME