I have been debating removing all the greenery and replacing it. Take it down. Or let the dry stuff just be. I just can’t get into fake garland. First world problems!!!!
This week we went to the production of Wonderbounds, Winter. Oh me oh my. It was just wonderful. The kids loved it! That was there something to do from the Advent calendar. We had perfect seats. Hubby loved telling the kids where his car was once parked in that garage (it use to be a car dealer of luxury cars space. I use that term luxury loosely since that car of Hubbys is old now and is ready to be traded in. He keeps his cars til they blow up. Just ask him since his wife blew up his last one.)
Bubba surprised us by really liking the ballet. I asked him his favorite part. He said where Damien Patterson was crying. Okay. That’s nice. Wonderbound is modern dance company that is traditional with a twist of limitless reinvention. They use to be Ballet Nouveau which of course I supported. Now they have brought the company downtown to Denver. Sarah Tallman is probably one of my favorite dancers ever. Seriously, she walked out and I got teary. I just think she is an amazing dancer. If you have said that you just can’t sit through a ballet, then go to a production of Wonderbound. You’ll love it.
I love the space. The area of town can be a bit different than going to a suburb to watch a show. But, the energy of downtown and being in such an intimate setting are marvelous!
We survived (or is that I survived) class parties. With a hot chocolate bar where I gave all the kids as much whipped cream as they wanted and every fixing they could ask for, it was a sure sugar hit.
There was a reindeer food bar……and that cracked me up watching what a group of first graders put together for food. Some refused glitter. Others went heavy on the peppermint marshmallows (reindeer prefer peppermint to keep their breathes smelling fresh!)
Yesterday was half day of school. Mass in the morning to send the children off for two weeks. You know I have to say I am always surprised when Priss remembers a prayer all on her own. Having religion as part of the daily school experience is pretty great.
She handed out her cards to her teachers. One of her teachers told me that they had to go down to her main class to say hello in an effort for Priss to be able to give her card directly to him. She would not let anyone else give out her cards. Then he said her card was super cute what she wrote. I didn’t even know what she had written. So I thought it was sweet that she took time to really make a point and thank her teacher herself.
After dropping centerpieces yesterday for the teachers luncheon and trying to fit in a few errands before school was out, I decided drive through carpool was the way to go for me. I hated to miss out on chatting with all the other parents, but I just didn’t feel up to hearing “what are your plans for Christmas?” We are here. We are always here! We do not travel at Christmas. We may one day. But, I think it’s a good ten years off!
This year my parents are not here and it’s really been hard on us. My husband has a million cousins and they use to all see one another at Christmas. Now that his grandmother is no longer here, Christmas changed. And it was going to change because people get married, have their own kids, and sometimes move. Then there are three families (his, hers and theirs.) I only attended two or three Christmas gatherings at his grandmothers and I do miss them. I know he misses those holidays because it’s the only way he ever celebrated Christmas growing up. Change is hard. But, memories are so nice to have!
I was only a little surprised when Priss got in the car and the door had not even closed and the tears started and she said “I just want Nana and Pop pop to be here for Christmas. I miss Nana and Pop Pop. Why can’t they come? I just want them toooooooooooooo” It tore my heart out. I had been sitting in carpool watching the grandparents that are here to visit waiting with parents to pick up kids. It only hurts a tad bit more(I think) when Priss has friends that also refer to grandparents as Nana, Pop Pop, or Gdaddy which is kind of funny. Gdaddy is my husbands good friends father!!!! She was crying. I started crying. I pulled up in carpool and her teacher was crying (she is awesome and she is a crier which makes me look not as much of a crier. ) I told Priss to call Nana and Pop pop and tell them asap how upset she was. Guilt. It’s a powerful thing. At least then, someone else could cry! Either way it’s hard being away from my parents, brother and sister in law and the new baby this Christmas.
We decided dinner out was in order last night. Hapa Sushi since Hubby had been craving sushi lately. It was awesome!!! We ordered a lobster roll with this warm garlic sauce on top. Oh goodness. Delish!!!! Bubba ordered the pbj sushi roll. As he dipped it in his whipped cream with his chopsticks (he did great with those) he said “I could eat this forever.” Ha!
Today is an errand day with the Priss. I can’t believe Christmas will be here in 5 days. Can you?
This year has been so wonderful! It’s been a short Christmas season on the heels of Thanksgiving. But, it’s been so fun. I think four is the best year to watch a child react to Christmas. Like they finally get it, but are still so innocent. It’s magical.
Tomorrow is breakfast with a surprise visit from Santa. So excited because they are going to all out over the toys Santa brings. And I can’t wait to see Priss in the smocked dress that has hung in her closet for five years waiting for her to grow into it. Just in time for her not to like smocked things now. But, I don’t care. She’s wearing it!!!! Typical Southern mother abuse!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas season and feeling blessed. This week there have been a few scary health things happen to friends that were life threatening. Our friends are not even 45! We’ve said extra prayers this week.