To say nothing of the post Christmas clutter. Do you all have that too? Random toys and gifts that you've yet to assign a home; Christmas cards you hate to throw away; new clothes waiting to be washed that just sit in a pile on the table or in the corner and mock you?
What about Christmas detritus? Dried out pine needles, scraps of wrapping paper, candy wrappers, impossibly sticky pieces of tape that always manage allude the vacuum despite your best efforts?
But, our tree is gone and our decorations are put away. And this Christmas was amazing. The entire Oscarelli family was throughly spoiled. I got four new cookbooks (two bread baking books!!); a new digital food scale; a pair of beautiful new moonstone earrings (a total surprise); a set of gorgeous new dishes from Crate and Barrel from my mother-in-law; and a Kindle from my sister and brother-in-law (also a total surprise); and loads of other things.
Nelson got concert tickets, a video game, felt for his pool table, clothes. He was pretty happy.
Miles got trains as far as the eye can see. He got other things, too. Dinosaurs, puzzles, some new wooden food for his kitchen; books. He's enjoyed these things but the kid is really all about the trains. We now have a gigantic purple tub filled with trains and tracks and assorted accessories.
Oscar got new dinosaurs; puzzles; cars; ride on construction equipment; lots of superheros. I'm not sure what he likes best. He really loves the dinosaurs and superheros, but has been playing trains with Miles really well. He's a lot more dexterous than Miles, so he's better at building more complicated tracks and repairing broken tracks, which I love because it keeps me off the floor. I do have to build them a pretty complicated train village each morning, but it holds up relatively well and they add to it all day long.
Oh, and Nelson is finally back to work today, which I love/hate. I loved all the tag team parenting that was happening, but sometimes he gets just as underfoot as the kids, you know? I think he was relieved to return as well.
So, that's it. Christmas is (mostly) over. I took like two pictures, but do have a couple of videos. I haven't uploaded anything (of course!) and I still owe you dorky sweater photos and Miles's birthday photos so at this rate the Oscarelli Family Christmas will be photographically documented on this blog by, what? Easter?
Anyways, hope yours was merry. Tell me about your loot!