(Author’s Note: I’m behind. I admit it. But I don’t want to publish Christmas posts in March, so I’m going to catch up by writing current posts while I fill in the gaps of old – I’ve taken notes and pictures and have some drafts, but I’ve not posted all things because, well, life.)
So we adopted an elf this year, and as you know, the elf (lovingly named Jingles by our daughter who, in your words ’embodies the spirit and wonder of Christmas’) kind of freaks me out on a number of levels.
Jingles seems to be very kind and sweet and undestructive. Let’s hope he stays that way!
Even if we had some sickness flowing through the house.
We have a rough track record with holidays, but it’ll turn. Oh yes. It will turn.
And even if we couldn’t feast, I still want you to know that I’m thankful for you. I’m thankful for the kids. I’m thankful for our home and our bathrooms that need fixing and our garage that needs cleaning and our backyard that needs fixing.
I’m thankful that we struggle with not eating junk sometimes. I’m thankful that our kids are sometimes inconsolable.
I’m thankful for all of it. The rough stuff is really not that rough. It’s life and I love doing life with you.
Jake climbed in bed with us some time during the deep sleep art of the morning.
He’s much bigger than I remember him being the last time he climbed into our bed. Plus he snored. Now I know a little how you feel although I’m sure his snoring is cute while mine is like a steam train.
It was sweet having him there. It was fun getting up and seeing the two of you sleeping peacefully and sweetly, soft breathing and snuggles.
I love you and know that you are an awesome mom. Just seeing you with them reminds me of that fact.
I suppose I should tell you thank you for dealing with this math with our daughter.
You are a much more patient person than I. This whole ‘math strategy’ thing is dumb. Why can’t they just do math.
The daily doing of homework is something that you do that I’m so thankful for.