- Megan and Ellie's 'Cooking Show' of how to make a bowl of cereal and a peanut butter sandwich (it was 10:00 at night, I refused to let them 'cook'). Complete with their new aprons, plenty of make-up and the camcorder recording them. I especially loved watching the recordings and hearing Ellie say at the end of each segment, "Let's go show Mom and" and Megan interrupting her sentence with, "ELLIE!" (The tone screams, 'Ellie, this is a professional cooking show. Don't say that when it is recording.')
- The disputes over
the stupidour dear Elf, Jingle, because he didn't disappear back to the North Pole on Christmas Eve like he was supposed to. Three days post Christmas, when Ellie was distressed that Jingle still lingered in the same spot, we surmised that his extended stay was to monitor the post-Christmas behavior of the children. He finally made his return to the North Pole. I can't wait until Casey and Cindy's children get older and they can be gifted a smiliar gift of, The Elf on The Shelf.
- The nine 'knife holders' Luke made the day after Christmas with his received gift of leather and a leather punch.
- The expression on Mike's parents faces, when they opened up our Christmas gift to them.
- Family time together the week between Christmas and New Years.
- Children's excitement and exploration of new things.
- Taking down the Christmas tree the day after Christmas. (Or two days after, because I didn't want to spend Sunday doing it.)
- Husband having a procedure done on Monday that reduced his constant 7-8 pain level (on a scale of 1-10) for the last seventeen years to a 3-4. Perfect timing for a week off from work.
- Dinner out with friends despite the 4,371 phones from home.
- Family party with a million cousins running rampant and a spirited game of 'Spoons.'
- Late nights, late breakfasts and a warm home.