The kids are so excited today. They woke up this morning and said “Christmas is finally here. I can’t wait until tonight”. Fortunately Ranae called to see if her kids could come play while they “ran some errands”. Our home was filled with laughter and loud chatter all day.
This afternoon I had to run into the office to pick up Judie’s present that finally came. I was getting a little worried it was supposed to have arrived by Wednesday. I took Christian with me to give us some Dad/Son time. I treated him to a Wendy’s Frosty and fries. We enjoyed a good visit.
I took the everyone except for Judie and Devon to Jeremy’s this evening to celebrate Christmas Eve together. Devon is still recuperating from his tonsillectomy yesterday. Judie opted to stay home with him to keep him company and prepare some items for Christmas dinner tomorrow. At Jeremy’s we feasted upon Clam Chowder, Potato Soup and Chicken Noodle Soup in homemade soup bowls – Yummm! After dinner, we played Balderdash and Scattegories while the kids played upstairs.
The highlight of the evening came when Rudolph’s red nose was spotted in the corner of the back yard. The kids burst out in excitement especially when Rudolph’s nose disappeared for a second and then showed up right at the kitchen window. Uncle Derek fed the excitement by encouraging the kids to run upstairs to catch a top view. For twenty minutes the kids ran up and down the stairs trying to catch another glimpse of Rudoph’s nose and hopefully a glance at Santa’s Sleigh.
About 8:30 I loaded the kids to spend the rest of the evening with Judie and Devon. When we got home we opened our traditional Christmas Eve Present – New Pajamas for the kids. At first Ashton said, “I don’t need new pajamas”. I responded,, “Stand up and look at how short your pajamas are”. After standing he responded “Wow, you’re right I need new pajamas”.
New Christmas Pajamas!
Judie and I then exchanged our traditional ornaments that we give each other one Christmas Eve. We then did our Christmas Gifts to Jesus. Let me explain every year we take a moment to write a list of things that we are going to do in the coming year to become a better person as a gift to Christ. We then place each of our lists in a Christmas Gift Box to open next year. We will then evaluate how we did in becoming a better individuals as our gift to Christ. We concluded the night by watching “The Nativity” a movie that depicts the birth of Christ. After prayers I tucked the very tired and excited children to bed.
Nativity - Christ's Birth
Long time buds!
This morning Judie took Devon to have his tonsils and adenoids taken out. All week Judie has been searching Google and talking to friends who have had their tonsils out to better understand how to speed Devon’s recovery. He went into surgery about 9:00. They finally got home about 3:00 in the afternoon. Devon slept most of the remainder of the day.
While Judie accompanied Devon I took the rest of the kids to the dentist. They were surprised when the walked into the dental office to see Santa sitting in the waiting room handing out candy canes.
This evening Judie’s High School friend Lisa Craig and her husband Darren came over for dinner. They brought their nephew Tannon, his wife Cecily and their son Jacob who just moved to Caldwell. I cooked up some of my “Killer Teriyaki Chicken” and broccoli.
New Friends - Jacob and the Sedrick Clan
After dinner we gathered downstairs for a raucous game of Charades. The evening was FILLED with laughter. Lisa asked, “is your house always like this”. Judie and I responded, “Yep pretty much”.
This evening after I put the kids down I went over to Derek’s to work in his woodshop. This year I decided to try to make Judie’s ornament gift on Derek’s wood lathe. This was my first time turning a bigger project (usually I make pens). I was a little nervous to bring portions of the ornament to a thinner point fearing it might spin off on me. I finished about 2:00 in the morning. I think it turned out pretty nice for a first attempt. I want to try again next year. I hope Judie likes it.
Decorating the Gingerbread house
Tonight was GREAT fun with the kids! I cooked gingerbread and whipped up some frosting using my mom’s recipe so we could make a gingerbread house. The kids crowded around the house to add their directions. In addition the to house I made an a pond for ice skating, a few trees and snowmen to decorate. The kids decided to add their own frosting creations. Zayne made a dog, Aston a cat, Jessica a snowman, Christian a dog and Ke’ilani made a dead chicken. Yeah a dead chicken, since our dogs have killed a chicken or two when they’ escaped the chicken coop.
Devon unfortunately had to work tonight. Wanting him to participate we saved a section of the house for him to decorate. Decorating the house was fun for everyone and we enjoyed a great evening together.
"Frosted" Snowman by Ke'ilani
"Frosted" Snow Dog by Zayne
"Frosted" Snowman by Jessica
"Frosted" Cat by Ashton
Sedrick Gingerbread House 2010
The girls were in the Christmas decorating spirit as well today. They proudly escorted me into their room when it came time to go to bed to show me their festively decorated room. Good job ladies!
Christmas Decorated Room
Mirror decorated for Christmas!
This morning I went over to Derek’s to work in his wood shop. I’m making wood pens to send my new customers in 2010. I love working with wood. It’s a quiet, creative time which regenerates the soul.
This afternoon Judie and the kids came over as well to celebrate Sedrick’s 6th Birthday. Yes, it was another joyous, loud Sedrick/Call children celebration. 😉
Cedrick's 6th Birthday Celebration
This evening Judie and I went on a double date with Jeremy and Olivia. We dined at Chiang Mai – our favorite Thai restaurant. After dinner we went to the temple to do an endowment session. When we got out of the temple it was snowing heavily giving a Christmas air to the evening.
Well today took some juggling. Our children School Christmas plays within 30 minutes of each other. Zayne’s Orchestra Presentation started at 6:30 at East Middle School. Ashton and Jessica’s started at 7:00 at Liberty. Judie and I drew straws to determine where each of us would go. OK, Judie told me where to go. The decision was helped due Judie being able to attend an afternoon presentation of Jessica and Ashton’s play.
Gearing up for Christmas Plays
The kids were VERY excited to participate in the presentation tonight. After dinner they were quick to dress into their outfits. Ke’ilani wanted to dress up as well.
The Christmas play was phenomenal. Honestly one of the best shows I’ve seen. The music teacher at Liberty Mrs. Moore is an exceptional play write and composer. She created a very enjoyable presentation drawn from ideas from Toy Story 3 and the Nutcracker. She can really draw the musical talent out of children. The kids and parents especially enjoyed the portrayal Buzz Light Year by Ahston’s teacher Mr. Moore. Spanish Mode Buzz Light Year was a riot. Jessica and Ashton both robustly participated singing with exuberance and looking to make sure Dad was watching.
Judie attended Zayne’s Orchestra Concert. She reported that the kids did a great job at the concert. Since it was just the two of them Judie took Zayne out for a Mom/Son date night and grabbed some Dairy Queen. Zayne said he had a really good time with mom.
This afternoon after church Jessica, Ke’ilani and Ashton asked if they could use the video on my new iPhone. Here are a few “iCarly” video clips from their time together:
Sometimes the best escape, especially during trying times laughter really is the best medicine. We see great examples of this in other parents many who have adopted as well. Here is a sample of some recent humor among parents:
Parent 1: I have a special offer for you just in time for the holidays! FREE teenagers. Potty trained and ready to go. All whining, complaining and arguing are included at no extra charge. HURRY to take advantage of this amazing offer. Only 5 available! They will go fast!
Parent 2: I’ll take em all!!
Parent 3: hmmm, I might be interested, but only if the eye rolling, and door slamming is included….with the occasional “whatever” mutterings thrown in too! 🙂
Parent 1: they’re all yours. Unless theres so much demand I might have to look to having a lottery. I can PROMISE that I can deliver eye rolling and door slamming. The girls are the eye rollers, the boys the door slamming and the “whatev…ers’ are included with all available children. And I do have some preteed that are beng trained in the “whatevers”:) We can make arrangements for transport.
Spouse of Parent 1: All sales are final.
Parent 4: Hmmmm, not interested but I have a few bonus gifts I can add to your special offer:) LOL!!
Yes a little laughter and sharing between friends is often a great release and a way to put the challenges of life into a realistic perspective. Honestly, sometimes you just gotta laugh!
I’d love to hear some of your humorous moments or escapes.