And it wasn’t so bad! Yeah, I missed Link, but we skyped him in the afternoon and watched him open his gifts. It was almost like he was here. Before hanging up, we made plans for next year. He’s already put in for vacation time, so hopefully it will be honored. And he may bring his friends home too. Extra bodies next year will certainly make up for the missing bodies this year.
With only the five of us, the holiday was pretty quiet and laid back. I stole Frankie’s brilliant idea of putting together a puzzle on Christmas Eve. You know, Frankie, the mistreated mom on The Middle. I totally get her. I chose a fun candy bar wrapper puzzle, and while they groaned a bit when I told the kids of my plan, we were soon addicted. Within 24 hours we had the puzzle put together.
I wish I had the camera stand we bought Link. It’s designed to take pics of things on a table top, like a card game… or a puzzle. Instead, I took a billion blind pictures, and this was the best one.
We also managed to watch a few more “classic” movies. Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Jerry McGuire. The kids seem to enjoy watching movies we thought were pretty good back in the day. (Some of our most favorites are What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Breakfast Club, and Fargo. And we’re always open for suggestions…)
After the presents were opened and our bellies were stuffed, we piled into the van to go
caroling bowling. Who knew people go bowling on Christmas?! Seems lots of us do.
The infamous googly eyes made the trip with us. Doesn’t take much to entertain the boys.
Christmas is once again in the past. The house is slowly getting back to normal and signs of Christmas coming to a close are everywhere. The most prominent clues – tons of Christmas clearance sales, and our neighbor’s lawn. Their Christmas tree has now joined the sagging pumpkins on their front lawn. Wonder what we’ll see after the New Year’s celebration.
Can’t wait to see if I’m right.