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First of all, it was a great Christmas. It was just that it was a bit of a gong show.

The kids had a fantastic time opening their presents, and they got some pretty good loot. As did I :)

I think the thing that happened that snapped me out of my grinch-like state (previously posted), was when we woke up and looked into our stockings. The kids were thrilled with everything they got. Jason was pleased to see stuff in his stocking, and happy with what he got. My stocking was empty. Santa had apparently forgotten my stocking. I was feeling sorry for myself when my daughter noticed that my stocking was empty.

My three-year-old daughter, Alex, asked, "Oh no, Santa forgot about mommy?" And then she shocked us all. She went behind the toy chest, took the orange out of her stocking, and put it in mine. Then she brought it over to me and said in this excited and dramatic voice, "Look mom! Look what Santa brought you!" I have never been so proud of that little girl. In one minute, she really reminded me what the spirit of Christmas was all about. I think I started crying right then and there.

The rest of the day was spent playing with toys, and trying to keep rested so we could go to my mom's house for dinner. Stephen single-handedly undecorated the tree, periodically finding one of us and handing us a Christmas ball, saying, "Here you go." I spent the afternoon showing Alex how to play with Lite-Bright, and generally spending a lot of one on one time with her. As we were getting ready to go to my mom's, I left the kids alone playing for maybe 10 minutes. That was long enough. "It's awfully quiet down there," Jason muttered, and he went to check on them.

Alex had taken her toddler chair, put it up against the fridge, balanced on the back of the chair, opened the freezer door, and used that as leverage to pull herself up to standing on top of the fridge. This allowed her access to the candy cupboard - the one it takes me a step-ladder to reach. There she had pulled down all kinds of goodies.

Now she's done this before, and she's had many warnings that she was not to do it again. If she did do it again, then we would take whatever candy she had found away from her, and we would throw it in the garbage. So it wasn't a complete surprise that she'd done this. What was a surprise, was that this time, in addition to her usual package of candy, she also took out our container of chocolate covered coffee beans. There had been about 15-20 left. They were gone.

We went to my mom's because we were already late, but when I got there, I called poison control, just in case. I usually start feeling the effects after about 6 beans - she had 15-20. I didn't think she was in a huge amount of danger, but better to be safe than sorry.

After monitoring her behaviour for several hours (after some advice and a call-back from poison control), we determined that in fact, she probably hadn't eaten ANY of the coffee beans - but that she'd probably just hidden them somewhere to be eaten for a snack at a later date.

Which means we had to find them. We couldn't. We can only assume she ate them and they did not affect her (or maybe that was one of the nights when she was acting all crazy and wouldn't fall asleep? Unfortunately that's just normal for us, so there's no easy way to tell).

So yeah, it was quite the Christmas. Good times were had by all!

How was yours?


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Dec. 27th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
I'm starting to suspect that Alex is just a little bit more than human, good job on birthing the next step in evolution. ;)
She's wonderful.<3
Dec. 27th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
She sure is full of surprises. I love her so much!
Dec. 28th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
Precocious climber! I can't believe she got up that high!
Dec. 30th, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)
Yeah, it was a bit of a shocker to us as well. That was pretty much the most difficult cupboard to get into, so considering that, there is now, no place in our house that is officially Alex-proof. She can open every childproofing mechanism, every door, and reach every hard-to-get-at cupboard.
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Dec. 30th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
Heh. It's like a parental instinct. I don't know why it is that they only get quiet when they get into things. Even at this young age, I know they're not trying to "sneak" stuff... they just get quiet from concentrating or something.
Dec. 29th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
Tsk Tsk on Santa forgetting your stocking...I hope Santa makes it up to you *wink*
Dec. 30th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
Kinda sorta. It's a bit of a sore point, but so far we've been having a great after-Christmas, so I won't complain!
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