Wednesday, December 26, 2018

A day of rest.......


This little boy had a wonderful day yesterday.  It started off waking up in Mom and Dad's room because a sleep over is a tradition on Christmas Eve at our house.  That way we won't bother Santa when he comes with presents.  He waited patiently til 9:00 for the older kids to wake up and then walked into the family room to find a kitchen, his stocking and a yellow blender with green on top and a red button.  Yes, it had to be that specific one.  The kitchen was almost a Christmas disaster as it was missing half the directions when Santa's Elves tried to put it together on Christmas Eve.  So a helper had to download new directions, which weren't quite the same or in the same order.  It took thee Elves, with multiple degrees in education, to get this baby together and advert a Christmas disaster.   There was quite a bit of swearing and laughing too as three adults had to contort themselves to hold pieces together to be screwed in place.  It is a lot smaller than I expected but it works and this little one has been very, very busy cooking and making smoothies.


He also got a camera from my friend Lynda in North Carolina.  A very, very simple one.  Yesterday he too 168 photos all of which were very interesting.  He has it figured out even though it is really for a right handed person and his right hand doesn't work all that well.  It is so great to see his perspective, all the photos are taken from interesting angles.


He got remote control cars, pots and pans, dishes, food, two different buses and so much more.  We had recently passed on toys that he had grown out of so there was plenty of room in his room to add all of his new things.  He has been very busy!


This was our first Christmas with Hank and Bear.  They had a wonderful time and got lots of things to chew on.  Yet they still seemed to get the little gnome out of my son's girlfriends stocking and rip it to shreds.  The poor little guy never stood a chance.  Luckily Santa had another one that quickly replaced this one.
  

Today is quieter, not quiet, but quieter.  I got my husband and Amazon Echo Show for Christmas so as I am cleaning up and organizing here and there I can listen to music, and of course I can hear Little Buddy asking Alexa all sorts of questions. "Show me a picture of a high speed elevator.  What sound does a broken elevator make?"  Poor Alexa, she has no idea what to say to these types of questions.   So we often resort to, "Alexa, tell me a knock knock joke!"


I am back to work tomorrow and I have to say I am not ready.  I feel a bit mad as I have been ill most of my six days off.   I feel cheated somehow, but that is life isn't it?  At least I am well enough to go back tomorrow.  My oldest is working today, Mr. 21 and his girlfriend have headed back to Orlando.  She will work a few days and fly off to see her family in Indiana for a week.  Mr. 21 comes back on Friday for a day or two before he heads out on a cruise to celebrate his best friend's 21st birthday with his family.  Oh, to be young again!


This lovely rocking sheep was a gift from Lynda in North Carolina.  She said she is doing everything I like to do, rock and knit with my reading glasses on, so true!

I hope you all had a wonderful day.  For those of you recovering from sudden surgery or who have had some issues and are in the hospital, I want you to know I am thinking of you.  You know who you are and I am sending you healing thoughts.  Have a peaceful day my friends.

27 comments:

TheAwakenedSoul said...

He looks adorable. I love the clogs. That little sheep knitting in a rocker is so sweet. What a thoughtful gift.

Teresa Kasner said...

Oh what a lucky boy! I can see he absolutely loves to play with his own kitchen.. those poor elves must have had quite a time getting it together.. who was the construction boss? :-) I knew immediately what those two legs and hat belonged to and what happened to it. You have two Irish-French Shredder-doodles! I'm sorry that you were ill during your vacation days.. that is just not fair. But I am glad for your 4 days off.. be sure to relax the whole time!

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Chy said...

We had that very kitchen for our preschool when we first opened and it lasted quite a few years with many, many children playing with it each day. Little buddy will love it! Your story of putting together the blender was great and reminded me of all the years we had to put toys together on Christmas Eve. Thanks for the laughs!

Wishing you and your beautiful family a Happy New Year and all the best for 2019!!

X Chy

Linda @ A La Carte said...

It looks like a wonderful Christmas. We had a good one here also. Lots of toys and so much fun. Hugs and Kisses and thank you's came my way. I am blessed. Hope you continue to feel better and maybe you will get some rest this coming weekend.

Mac n' Janet said...

Glad you all had a good Christmas, even with the surgery we did too. I'm still sore, but I'm healing.

Dee Kissinger said...

Little Buddy looks so BIG next to his shopping buggy. I guess he has grown quite a bit since we saw him.

Glad you had such a wonderful day. Isn't a camera a GREAT thing for him to have and no worries about having film developed. Technology .... it's a wonderful thing (most of the time). LOL

DelightedHands said...

You had a wonderful day, didn't you?!
I'm sorry you had to head back so soon!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

I think cameras are wonderful gifts for kids. They see the world so differently and it's a great way for them to express themselves!

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Lovely and thank you for sharing so much fun (a very happy boy!)
Joy

Anonymous said...

Oh, how I remember the years of putting together toys on Christmas Eve. I can honestly say I don’t miss that part very much. Ha! However, I do miss the expressions of joy when the little ones found Santa’s gifts the next morning. Your little guy looks thrilled with all of his new things. I’m so sorry you were sick most of your time off Meredith. It isn’t fair. You do so much for so many people and I wish you would’ve been able to enjoy your time off more.
What a sweet sheep. Rocking and knitting with reading glasses on. I think it fits many of us, don’t you? Wishing you lots of love from our home to yours. Blessings, Betsy

CJ said...

What a fantastic kitchen. I remember how mine all loved play kitchens when they were little. Sorry you've been unwell over your days off. I hope you're completely better now. CJ xx

Jo said...

It sounds like Little Buddy had a wonderful day and I'm sure his new toys will get plenty of use. It's a shame you have to go back to work so soon though, Mick's work closes down between Christmas and New Year so we always have a good long break at this time of year and it's something we're always very grateful for.

Nance said...

Christmas with dogs and littles is always busy, busy, busy! You'll need to go back to work to feel rested.

Love that knitting sheep ornament; it is perfect.

Find some peaceful time, friend.

Christina Naula said...

Wow, a kitchen. Santa was really really good this year :-)
Our four children played with a toy kitchen for years and years and years. Only recently did it end up in the charity shop, for a younger child to play with it. I am glad you had a lovely Christmas xx

kathy b said...

A camera! What a fantastic idea. Great for his thought process and artistic side!

All our furry pets come with a disclaimer: there will be messes and they are worth it. I think your pups are doing very very well.

Glad Mr 21 will be returning quickly.

we have the joy of Bear kitten for a bit more. I have no idea when zach is going back and I dont want to know!

Jeannie Gray Knits said...

Ahhh.... what fond memories I have of playing with my childhood kitchen. Looks like Little Buddy had a great Christmas! I'm sorry you were under the weather for it. Seems like there's a lot of icky illness going around. Hope you're feeling better soon!

Melanie said...

Sounds like everyone had a great Christmas! Sorry to hear you were sick on your break - go figure, right? Your body was probably like, "I've had enough!" Love that sheep gift that your friend sent to you.

tammy j said...

a treat as always. I usually smile or laugh throughout your posts.
and seeing Chef Little Buddy with his kitchen and hearing about the challenge it presented was funny! good practice for their own future Santa DIY's.
I frankly detest anything I have to put together. I don't care how SIMPLE it is. I'd almost rather build it from scratch! (well. not really.)
I wish you could only work part time. but since you don't ~ I mainly wish that you FEEL rested and WELL!!! can't wait to see some of the photos that Little Buddy shot with his camera! XOXO

Ryoma Sakamoto.Japan said...

Soon after Christmas, Japanese people start preparing for the year-end and New Year’s events.
Compared to Christmas, many of these events are based on Japanese tradition and are deeply related to religion.
The end-of-year party is called “bonenkai” in Japanese. “Bonen” means to forget (the worries of) the past year.
People are busy with events on New Year’s Eve.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Your retelling of events always crack me up. Glad those educated folks finally got that kitchen put together. :) Ha! Little B made out like a bandit. fun times! Always interesting to see photos from a kids perspective. Those naughty furboys are always up to something. Even though you were sick over the holiday, at least you were able to get enough quieter time in order to recover. Stay well! Lots of love, Tammy

Lowcarb team member said...

A lovely post, which had me laughing ...

That little sheep knitting in a rocker is very sweet.

All the best Jan

Anonymous said...

Your Christmas sounded lovely - even struggling with the instructions and construction work going on..... It reminded me of Christmases past when presents were found to be a hopeless box of construction parts and a couple of tools. Who writes those instructions? Someone with poor English skills! Please look after yourself as the mother is usually the one who drives the household, so please take care! Oh that naughty twosome! I suppose that it wasn't too much destruction that they got away with whilst everyone had their back turned and having Christmas. I am now home from the cardiac ward, but have totally missed Christmas. There's always next year when I can celebrate Christmas! Regards, Robyn

Caffeine Girl said...

Sounds like a wonderful holiday at your house. Good thing that you cleaned out some toys! And I can't believe you had to assemble a blender. I thought they came assembled!
I don't blame you for feeling cheated after being sick for much of your break. And you have my sympathies for only getting 6 days off. We are back up to two weeks for winter break and it is absolutely luxurious -- not to mention good for my physical and mental health.

Jodiebodie said...

Holiday greetings, Meredith! Merry Christmas - it is so magical for our little ones. Thank you for sharing the magic that happens at your place.
The family portrait in the background of one of your photos particularly touched me - family is precious and this is acutely felt at Christmas.
Your rocking sheep is also adorable (and meaningful). Such a thoughtful gift from Lynda.
The fact that LB is also adorable (and growing quickly) goes without saying!
Wishing you all fun at New Year and a happy 2019.

Babajeza said...

There are always to less days off around Christmas. Hopefully, life is treating you well. Hugs, Regula

Sandy said...

He looks like he was really enjoying himself. Sounds like you've all been very busy. Hope you are over the illness soon.

Helen said...

Happy New Year, I hope 2019 is full of happy times ahead. I bet Alexa is being kept on her toes with Little Buddy :) Sounds like a lovely Christmas! Helen xo