On Christmas morning this year, we had a teenager home from college and my 93-year-old mother staying with us. So besides my husband and me, the only creatures who were stirring were our two Aire-kids, Amber & Krissy. Amber knew from the moment we hung the empty stockings over the fireplace weeks before which sock was hers and she knew that soon it would be filled with all kinds of delectable treats.
She let us know frequently that her patience was wearing thin.
Krissy knew that before “Santa” arrived, Mom stashed the stuff in her closet and she paced outside of it, pressing her nose against the mirrored door, whining and complaining.
Once the stockings were filled, my husband I had to barricade the fireplace to keep the kids from tearing into the stockings too soon. This was met with a fair amount of indignant disbelief!
Just as the clock was inching toward noon, the still-groggy freshman and slow-moving senior finally emerged from their slumber, Amber and Krissy knew the festivities were about to begin. But then they sat down to have breakfast!
After an interminable amount of time, the moment arrived and the stockings were presented. Amber couldn’t wait to see what was inside…
Krissy wanted to see too!
But she finally settled down to blissfully enjoy her own bounty.
Then it was off to play with some of their new toys!
From watching our dogs, I am reminded that it is the simplest pleasures that often inspire the greatest joys. I wish for all of you in 2011, the simple pleasure of good health, good laughs, and good friends and family. Enjoy each moment and remember to live “Life to the MAX!” Happy New Year!