We Survived

December 27, 2009

Christmas 2009 is over. It’s the Sunday afterward, sunny-nap time, and the boys are quietly snoozing the afternoon away. Christian’s eyes and attention are fully locked on the Chiefs game, and I’m taking a few minutes to decompress and evaluate my vital signs.

Let’s see…do I still have a pulse? Check. All appendages still attached? Check. No missing teeth, major wounds or severe burns? Check, check, check.

I’m pleased to report that the Nord family has officially survived the holidays. Aside from the obvious signs of life, there are a few major indicators of our triumphant trek through the stressful yet wonderful Christmas season. Here they are, in no particular order:

Graham did not topple our Christmas tree. At least not yet. And I am frankly shocked by his lack of interest in ol’ Douglas given his obsession with scaling every vertical surface and putting everything in his mouth. But somehow, Graham has been content to stare at the tree, touch it gingerly, and otherwise ignore it.

The cats did not eat our bird ornaments and regurgitate them as “gifts” on our pillows. Need I say more on this subject?

Neither Christian nor I wound up in the ER with serious injuries from extracting our children’s new toys from their elaborate twist-tie traps. However, Christian did sustain a minor flesh wound, and we both uttered way too many swear words at the bozos who design toy packaging.

Wyatt’s teeth did not rot out of his mouth from mass consumption of Christmas sweets. Looking back over the last several days, I really couldn’t say whether a single vegetable has crossed his lips. But he has had way too many brownies, cookies, chocolates, etc. That is coming to a stop TODAY. (And yes, I am prepared for the unpleasantness of sugar withdrawal.)

All said and done, we had a great Christmas, though the six inches of snow put a major hitch in our plans. No Christmas dinner with the family. No church service on Christmas morning. No getting out of the house to burn off our eggnog and gingerbread. But Christian and I did enjoy some very precious time with our boys—time that was completely unencumbered by schedules and commitments.

Yes, we survived, and we have wonderful memories of our first Christmas with Grammy-Bear, and the first holiday season when Wyatt’s eyes twinkled with excitement for the tree, the treats, the gifts and the birth of Our Savior.

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  1. Kudos to all of you! We decided that next year we’re going to ask Santa to please take the toys out of the packaging before he brings them. If every toy manufacturer would use one less plastic-wire twisty tie in each package, we’d save 1 billion pounds of non-renewable resources every year! (Ok, I made that up, but it’s probably true.)


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