Friday, December 23, 2011

7 Quick Takes: Twas The Night Before The Night Before Christmas

1. My in-laws are coming today and this place is straight up trashed. Basically, I didn't do anything to clean all week because I figured it would just get trashed again. So now I have a whole lot of cleaning to do on top of everything else. Prognosis is not good, because here I sit, dallying on the computer and my kids are running the vacuum. I just hope they don't accidentally suck all the needles off the tree.

2. Despite the fact that I have not even completed ONE Christmas stocking, I refuse to believe I won't finish at least two of them so the kids at least will have stockings. Brad thinks I am delusional, but this is the season of hope after all.....I will finish them.

3. I want to share one of my favorite children's books this time of year. It is a must.

The illustrations are wonderful, and so is the story. Ironically enough, I introduced this book to Brad (he is a Jewish convert). I think it's a great way to introduce the kids to the Jewish roots of our faith, and, as I said, it's just a really well-written children's book.

4. Also on my to-do list in the next 24ish hours.....make biscotti and cinnamon rolls from scratch (because I like to punish myself.) The biscotti will be Christmas gifts. The cinnamon rolls will be consumed by me us Christmas morning.

5. We are taking the kids to Midnight Mass. I have fantasies of Dominic sleeping peacefully through the whole thing without once screaming "MAWKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!" and Gianna sitting quietly immobilized in a combination of sleepy stupor and childlike wonderment. In reality....this could get crazy. Actually, it probably will get crazy.

6. I spent $32.98 on Snow crab claws for dinner tomorrow. I know that sounds insane, but I think I showed great restraint. When I mentioned I was from Alaska and bemoaned the difficulty of getting good seafood in the Nati, the manager of the fish market beckoned me to the freezer where he unveiled a box of  King crab legs flown in from Dutch Harbor. They glowed softly in the dim light of the freezer....they beckoned to me. But I resisted. Those babies were $38 a pound and you know I would have needed more than one pound. So you see. Will of steel.

7. We unabashedly wish you a blessed and Merry Christmas from our crazy house to yours!
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  1. Haha Merry Christmas! Love the family shot. :)Good luck at Midnight mass you're a lot braver than we are :)