30 December, 2009

Lessons Learned

While Christmas Day has come and gone, the season continues on in our house for at least another week. I can't resist sharing this photo of our stockings.  We have no fireplace so The Monster decided that our hallway laundry basket was where Santa would visit us. I'm not going to argue with a three and a half year old on Christmas! Oh wait, I did.  That would be the first lesson we learned.

Lesson #1
Do not insist on the Christmas Pajamas you bought when she dresses herself, entirely by herself, for the first time.  Instead, cheer for her and let her go to bed with two Pull-Ups on and summer PJs that are too small.

Lesson #2
Do not trust a three and half year old to keep a present a secret.  I knew my present within a hour of her returning from the mall.  She was just so damn excited to share with me.

Lesson #3
Three and a half is not too young to learn how to vacuum properly. That's what she got for deliberately throwing rainbow sprinkles on the floor.

Lesson #4
Hubby is the best dad/cousin/uncle for letting a 17, 12, 8, and 3 year old girl do his make-up and hair.

Lesson #5
Santa is apparently supposed to eat ALL the cookies you leave out for him, even if it is a dozen or so.

Lesson #6
Beef Wellington is fantastically delicious.

Lesson #7
A child can indeed survive on nothing but pork in various forms, oranges, cookies, and chocolate.

Lesson #8
Christmas with a child is seriously the best thing ever.  Everything was an adventure and sheer excitement. She still wakes up in the morning, plugs in the lights on the tree and tells me, "Mama, it's amazing!"


Kris said...

How fun to experience Christmas through your 3 year old's eyes!

Lee said...

sounds like a wonderful time at your house. Cherish them, they go by too quickly. going to Sewing Sensation sale on Sat. 40% off?

Katy said...

Oh my goodness, how absolutely adorable! Glad you had an enjoyable Christmas!

Happy New Year!

Valerie said...

How precious! Happy New Year!

Betty Crocker Ass said...

ahhh so cute!

jacquie said...

now THAT's a christmas!

Trudi said...

Lesson #8 - So glad you found it! It's the best of all! Happy New Year!

Cristin said...

Really cool post :-) I look forward to having kids and all the joy it brings... in 3 months we'll meet our little boy! Our home will never be the same (aka BORING) again! Cheers!

Anonymous said...

LOL to lesson #3 :) Sounds like you had a fab Christmas!

Elizabeth said...

Love it. Last year we also learned: if you're spending Christmas in a house without a fireplace, it is best to explain to the three and a half year old that Santa will simply come through the chimney and down the heating ducts. Failure to do so may result in anxiety and vomiting on your brother's new girlfriend.

Sounds like you had a good one (and we have that black polka-dot dress too, so cute!)

Sew It UP! said...

Children are so precious! I love to hear all the stories. My kids are older and I miss those stories. Thanks for sharing.

May the next year bring you busy hands, more creations and lots of love and happiness.

CitricSugar said...

Fantastic lessons, all!! ( I used to vacuum for fun when I was three and a half. :-)

Diane said...

Thanks for sharing your lessons learned! Love your stockings!

The Quilt Buddy said...

Hi Cheryl!

I love this post! I also have a 3 1/2 year old and everything that you wrote is SOOOOO true!

Hope you had a Happy New Year. I'll be seeing more of you in 2010!

sulu-design said...

Yes! The skull and crossbones did make it on a stocking! And good for you on the vacuuming lesson - it's never too early, I say.

amandajean said...

Lesson # 1 made me laugh out loud. This is a great post.

dillpickle said...

I STILL have a memory of when I was 3 or 4 and telling Dad what we got him for a present and then being devastated when I realised what I'd done a split second later!!