Scoping out neighborhoods for Christmas lights. This event is best done after someone's normal bedtime, with everyone dressed in pajamas. Some nights, we have to go back twice.
Making Christmas cards for the entire Kindergarten class. Marker, glitter, Foamies, paint stampers -- 18 cards took Zack two weeks to plan and make. Then we put the cards in bags and filled them with candy. It was such an enjoyable project!
Watching "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" again and again. I must admit, when I first realized we'd TIVO'd the new version, I was bummed -- but I am now in love with the Tim Burton version of the movie. Steampunk, chocolate, the best Oompaloompas ever -- it was terrific. Zack did ask once, "Why is that man dressed like a lady?", but then we talked about artistic temperments and all was well.
There's a big difference between THIS Johnny Depp:
And THIS Johnny Depp (and for futher confusion, we watched Pirates right after watching Willy):
(Seems as if I've digressed!)
Christmas holidays also means many a board game gets played here in House Anderson. In past years, that's meant heavy games of Trivial Pursuit between Team Adult and Team Boys, and this year was no different. But this year we pulled down RISK (STRICTLY for the hubby and older guys), Sorry, and Trouble. We're a game-playing family.
And then there's indulging a little boy who comes to me with a box of brownie mix in his sweet little hands, huge puppy-dog eyes, asking, "Can we make these?"
None of that really cost a thing. I feel so very fortunate. I had a family that took care of me while I was sick all week, grown boys who are epicures to the core (you should see the apple/blueberry pie Colin made -- magazine-ready), messages from many friends from around the world -- and more laughter than it seems possible.
I love you all for reading this, too -- that's a huge present in and of itself.
Happy New Year's Eve!