Christmas Wrap Up

Well, the kids were able to hold out until 7:30 this morning.  The boy was the first to awake and after about 15 minutes, he begged his sister to wake up and open presents.

It took me a year to buy the gifts, a week to wrap them, several days of looking for a lost present and 18 minutes for my kids to open them in a flurry of wrapping paper, tissue paper and tape.

I couldn't find the Santa present for the boy.  I looked in every hiding place I have.  I decided to go with Plan B - the skateboard.  I ran out on the 23rd and bought a skateboard, a helmet and knee and elbow pads.  Once I had made up my mind I was willing to go with Plan B, I (of course) found the original present yesterday.

By this time, I had heard from several people warning me the original present (a K'Nex Rollercoaster) can take an average of 9 hours to build.  Two hours in the ER sounded like a treat compared to the Hubs and I killing one another at 4 am a midst a thousand tiny K'Nex pieces.

This morning when the boy saw the skateboard, he was stunned.  He never really thought I'd approve the skateboard.  He was sure Santa would be forced to leave the K'Nex - or books.  He was pretty excited, but in his usual fashion, he tried out the skateboard on the carpet and about fell off it.  He became concerned and asked in wavering voice, "Mommy, how do you think I can practice on this thing without falling down all the time?"

That, son, is the number one reason I didn't want to buy this thing for you.

It's like our own version of my favorite Christmas movie - "A Christmas Story."  The boy won't shoot his eye out, but he'll probably fall down a lot, just like I predicted.

Merry Christmas!!  Thank you for making this the best Christmas ever for me.    

13 comments:

Tiffany said...

Merry Christmas to you too. The boy won't get too badly hurt on the carpet. Just be sure to keep him away from hills! LOL

TracyLynn said...

Merry Christmas from Minnesota! Thanks for sharing your life with us and giving us a good laugh. I,personally, need the laughs! haha

Jessica said...

Merry Christmas Jen! Thank you for the intelligent entertainment!!!

B Mad said...

At least you got 7:30... Mine were up at 6am sharp. I don't have an elf on a shelf but I did find an elf ornament that looks like one. I'll have to show you the picture on FB...

Deb said...

5:45 am. beat ya!

BTW--you are the best. mom. ever.

I'm a new follower (as of elf-on-the-shelf) and love your blog!

Leigh said...

Suggestion for a future post--those flippin manufacturers who tape, nail, screw, glue, and zip tie items to their packaging. WHY?? Just to annoy me, that's why. My fingers are all cut up from trying to open my daughter's new toys for her.

Mommy's Meltdown said...

God forbid Santa leave him books! LOL. ;)

Patti in Texas said...

I was single Santa (H at work all night). I carried in 20 large cardboard boxes from the garage then spent an hour looking for the bag of duct tape to go with Santa's Use Your Imagination gift. Finally set up and got 3 hours asleep. boys up at 7:30 and kept trying to figure out why they got empty boxes and what was in them. Got into playing with them eventually but I felt crazy and like punching myself in the throat. Settled for chocolate....

Windsor Grace said...

You have to teach him to sit on it and roll down the driveway like my mom did to me.

Betsey said...

I found the present we tore the house apart searching for - it was wrapped inside another present my daughter opened! Made the boring present that much more exciting!

Nikki in Alabama said...

New follower..LOVE your blog..i dont feel alone in my sarcastic momminess now. Hate the Elf too, as well as the over medicated/over self confident moms who own them!! We gave our boy the KNex rollercoaster..i only took 2 hours..

primo said...

Jen, leave the skateboard behind the car, back over it and blame the poor little sucker. He'll deny it, of course, but who are you going to believe? Problem solved. Whip out the K'nex to cheer him up. Let your hubby help put it together. It'll make him feel important and he'll be so proud of himself when they get it going. Who are you to deny them that pleasure? JK.

Jen Berg said...

Curious to know where you finally found the Knex! I too have done this and wondered what I was on when I hid it in the first place.

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