Friday, December 12, 2014

Swimming, wrapping, unwrapping

My high school mascot was the Monarchs (as in KINGS, not butterflies, thank you very much) and my little sister is on their swim team now. I took my Natsby to go watch her race last night and in the car on the way there I was teaching her how to cheer, etc. "Go Monarchs!" turned into "Go Monies!!" for some reason, but she was really good at saying "Go Annie!" with her arm raised in triumph. She also inserted a few "to infinity, and beyond!"s for good measure. My sister is an amazing swimmer and it is so fun to watch her race - Natalie liked all the splashing and said "so fast! so fast!" It was a fun little outing, especially since Mimi was there too!

she was very into the race and didn't want to take time to take a picture
Also about "monies," I'm not sure why I'm focused on spending money on my children for Christmas...a) you could give them a box of kleenex and they'd be thrilled and b) they don't have any other Christmases to look back on and pull a Dudley...
'Thirty-six,' he said, looking up at his mother and father. 'That's two less than last year.' 
'Darling, you haven't counted Auntie Marge's present, see, it's here under this big one from Mummy and Daddy.' 
Aunt Petunia obviously scented danger too, because she said quickly, 'And we'll buy you another two presents while we're out today. How's that popkin?' Two more presents. Is that all right?' 
Dudley thought for a moment. It looked like hard work. Finally he said slowly, 'So I'll have thirty... thirty...' 
'Thirty-nine, sweetums,' said Aunt Petunia. 
'Oh.' Dudley sat down heavily and grabbed the nearest parcel.
Aunt Petunia obviously scented danger too, because she said quickly, 'And we'll buy you another two presents while we're out today. How's that popkin?' Two more presents. Is that all right?' 
Dudley thought for a moment. It looked like hard work. Finally he said slowly, 'So I'll have thirty... thirty...' 
'Thirty-nine, sweetums,' said Aunt Petunia. 
'Oh.' Dudley sat down heavily and grabbed the nearest parcel.

Scented danger, hahaha. 

I think Natalie likes wrapping presents more than even opening them, and whenever I ask her what she wants for Christmas all she says is "presents." I ask her what is in the present under the tree and she says "presents." So I could basically get away with wrapping random boxes, telling her they are "presents," and saying Merry Christmas. And yet, I keep thinking of more things I want to buy for her and Stockty. Darn you, American commercialism! (And also Amazon for making me feel like I'm "saving money" by adding one more thing to my cart to qualify for "free" shipping...I'm pretty sure they make $44 million extra every day because of that option. Diabolical, yet genius, since I fall for it every time.)
wrapping practice...as you can tell,
she takes it very seriously
Austin and I have an awful track record of waiting til the actual holiday to exchange gifts, for any occasion. I'm pretty sure we've never actually given a gift ON the date because we just get too excited and can't wait for the reveal. Case in point: we've already opened each other's Christmas gifts, ha! I found this artist online who buys old thrift store paintings and adds in his own characters - naturally, Star Wars immediately came to my mind and I looked it up and sure enough, he had several Star Wars paintings to choose from. The one I chose is called "Friday Afternoon" and depicts Darth Vader calmly fishing in a pond with a storm trooper guiding the boat, Death Star waiting in the clouds. I knew instantly that we needed it. I bought the print and then got it framed, and it is HUGE! Ha, shows how committed I am to my husband's hobby : )

up close

for perspective...it may not look huge in this shot but it dominates that corner lol
Austin got me my favorite thing: office supplies!!, and a cool Star Wars shirt. I think the shirt is more his territory, but I am happy to show even MORE support for his obsession. I think I'll steer clear of this particular fandom for a while, however. Merry Christmas to us! : ) (I suppose when our children are older we'll have to wait it out...I think it might kill us. We routinely celebrate birthdays and anniversaries a week or two (or more!) early!)

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