Sent: December 28, 2008 8:11 PM
Although we missed Grandpa Dick, we still have had a wonderful Christmas with friends and family. For the first time in more than ten years, we have the whole Nelson family in Dallas, and Grandma Ruth should be joining us sometime later this winter.
All our Christmas photos are below, or you can enjoy the lame and outdated printer-friendly version. Enjoy!
- We noticed one evening that Jack’s boxers were scrunched-up and were showing out the top of his pants on one side. I commented that it couldn’t be comfortable, but Jack answered, “Oh, it feels good.” Ewwww…
- Lisa has called Jack “Bubby” for the last couple of months, and now he’s taken to calling her “Bubby” too. It was cute for a while
- After a nine-day Thanksgiving break, Cate approached Lisa to explain that she needed to bring her entire class pencils the following day. Actually, she exclaimed teary-eyed: “I have to have those pencils tomorrow! TOMORROW!”
- Before school on December 1st, Cate wanted a chocolate from her Christmas calendar, but Lisa said she’d have to wait until after school. Fuming, Cate screamed: “How am I going to remember that after my brain has been fried for seven hours at school?!?”
- Jack suggested a few names for their tadpole (the discussion would be moot less than a week later): “Cheeseball Toilet Nose” was his first try but Cate objected. Without missing a beat, Jack suggested: “Cheeseball Waffle Bottom.” You’ve gotta admit, he’s creative
- Kelli, Linda, Lisa, and I saw the Spazmatics at the Glass Cactus. If you went clubbing at Disney World in the 1980s during a Revenge of the Nerds screening, you know how our night went
- On December 9th, someone rear-ended me on the drive home and then drove-off the wrong way down a one-way street. What looked like superficial damage cost State Farm more than $4,500 to fix. Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there. Oh those good people at State Farm, I could go on and on
- In December, the church kids donated money for poor families around the world. Cate: “I’m giving my piggy bank money so a poor person can buy an animal and feed themselves.” Jack: “I’m giving my piggy bank money so the poor can get something cool. Like technology.”
- In mid-December, we noticed that Jack was listening and being especially good. When I complimented him, he told me: “I’m trying to be good for Santa”
- Separately, I told Cate she’d been very good. She explained: “I want to get lots of presents from Santa. I’m working my way to Butterscotch.” Just when you think your parenting skills are improving
- If he didn’t hurry and get in the shower one evening, I told Jack I’d play the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer in the shower. In a classic double-back inverted psychological tactic, he insisted I play the NewsHour. I would have prevailed, if it weren’t for that meddling kid…
- Jack, watching A Charlie Brown Christmas: “This is kinda violent. I love physical violence.” Sigh
- In Jack’s native tongue, “put on your jammies” apparently means “take off your pants and consider yourself ready for bed”
That’s it for now!
Lisa and Greg