We didn't make ornaments last night. From the advent calender was pulled a little piece of paper that said "GET ICECREAM". It is a hard command to ignore.
When I was a kid, my family and I spent many nights driving around looking for lights. We'd drive around neighborhoods, for hours. It was one of the things we'd miss the most when we spent Christmas overseas.
My children feel the same way about this tradition, especially since we've added ice cream. We know where the houses are that never fail to go all out, and love to see the "new thing" that is clearly selling out at Lowes. Simple and gaudy, hung with precision, or just thrown about randomly- there is so much personality to be found.
And speaking of personalities
this was Sunday, after a Christmas performance, where Clark had the perfect inflection to his HO HO HO. There is just the right amout of sweet and hysterical to children's performances. There was the kid who was so upset he was gagging, the child who just waved, the one who will clearly be a performer, and the one just lost in their own world. They were awesome! And I'm sure the teachers were thrilled to have a drink when it was over.
Happy to have these moments. The push to finish all the projects still needing my attention is starting to weigh on me. It's time to focus, but the distractions have been nice.
Happy mid week to you!