no, seriously, i'm glad we're going. it'll be fun to watch the kids celebrate a big, noisy, family holiday. it'll be closer to the christmases of my youth, when all the aunts and uncles and cousins got together and played games and were loud and crazy and laughed and ate for three days straight. this will be sort of like that. we just have to get there first.
i broke my cardinal rule: no new toys between halloween and christmas. i had to. i figure a new magnadoodle and board books about dogs for harper and a new leapster game for henry would go a long way toward a peaceful trip. at least for a little while. and we take what we can get on these treks. so i'll pull those out tomorrow when needed, the dvd player is ready to go, the movies will be pulled together tonight, and i'm off to pack as much as i can while harper naps. because after an hour, she's finally asleep. but not until after i went up to settle her down and found her completely naked, trying to climb out of her crib, saying "bye bye, doosh" over and over. cuz we'd been at mall of america today and saw some fish ("doosh") and now her little mind is stuck on that one fact. so she's been redressed in clothes she can't take off, given her plugs and blanket, and that seems to have thankfully worked. except now we'll have to go get henry in 90 minutes. nice nap.
i'm so worn out it's not even funny, and the christmas spirit is all but vacant right now. there is a glimmer, though. it's in the thought of watching these two beautiful kids enjoy the spirit of the season ...
in closing, have a very happy holiday season, enjoy your loved ones, eat all the cookies you want cuz the gym can wait until next year, and travel safely!!