Sunday, December 26, 2010

Holiday Report

It was another successful Christmas for us. We were able to spend it with family, give lots of good gifts, receive just as many, and most of all gorge ourselves on anything and everything that contained sugar. We opted for Avey to get her stocking Friday morning to whet her appetite, and then drove to spend the next couple of days with my family not too far away. Here is a little footage of Avey's experience:
Now that the festivities are over, I'm dreading the next four days back at work until another long weekend. I think Kira is terrified that Avey will now believe she is entitled to sugar cookies and candy canes after every meal, and Avey may actually suffer a little withdrawal from the steady supply of sweets and presents.

We are looking forward to 2011 and all that it will have to offer. I haven't even thought of any resolutions yet, but maybe around 11pm this next Saturday I'll start pondering those things. I'm pretty sure one of them will include something along the lines of more sleep.

Thank you all for another year of reading this blog. Here's to new laughs and tears in the coming year!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

B.M.W.

No, unfortunately the title does not refer to Bavarian Motor Works, but Bowel Movement Woes. Avey has been at the potty training age for quite a while now. The reader will recall a post from nearly a year ago in which we related a success story in Avey's attempt to defecate in the more culturally accepted manner. However, that appears to have been a fluke. She has, since this blessed event, taken a different approach to potty training. Her relationship to the water closet is difficult to grasp; she is at once fascinated and disinterested in the same moment. Her favorite bedtime book for a while was about a princess who learned to go to the potty; her Uncle Jesse mentioned there were deer feces in the backyard yesterday and she insisted we dig through the snow to find it (yes, it finally snowed a little bit!); in a pretend phone conversation with a muppet character who wanted to come to a party with her, she denied her admittance stating, "No you can't come - you would poop!"
She apparently thinks about it a lot, but when we gently suggest that she try to use the potty, she flatly refuses. I keep hoping that her thinking about it means that she is also processing through it, and that she will one day be ready and excited to dedicate herself to this new lifestyle, because we'd sure love it if she would make this step. But on the other hand, I also hope that she is this hesitant to drive and date. Hmmm... maybe if I pretend I do not want her to use the potty she would have it down in a day.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

All Bundled Up

Okay look. This has gone on long enough. I have to say something. I know it sounded like a good idea at the time, and, I admit, I smile a little bit every morning too, but the fact is that I think it's time for a change. When December 12th rolls around and there's still no sign of snow in the forecast, it gets a guy wondering about the future. I really don't want to jeopardize our wonderful relationship, but you have to realize, I have my limits too. There is just so much a human being can put up with, and I'm just about there. I have wants and desires just like anybody else. So let me make this perfectly clear; I want 2 inches of snow on the ground before the end of the week, or I'm moving on. I know this sounds selfish, but I have needs, and if you can't meet them, maybe I need to go someplace else. I've heard before that I just need to give it a chance, but you know what - it's been like, 9 months now with all the "sunshine," and "warmth," and "vitamin D." It's been a good run, too. Don't misunderstand me - there is so much to love about your warmth - I'm sure you'll be a really great fit for someone, but I'm just not sure it's me. Those 9 months ago you were really what I needed. I looked forward to being with you, and couldn't stop thinking about you when I was stuck in classes or my office. But I really think that the time has come to cool things down. I need to begin concentrating on other things, like sledding, snowmen, pulverizing the neighbors with tightly packed balls of crystallized water particles. Maybe you could come around every now and then and we could heat things up like old times. But I just need a few months to get my head straight. If this doesn't work out, please understand that there will always be a place for you in my life, I'm just not sure where that is yet.

Love,

Eli

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Preparation for Christmas

Yesterday we put up our Christmas lights! We are pretty pleased with how it turned out:
Many people do not realize how the tradition of putting lights on houses began. Well, actually I don't either. Our motivation was partly to get into the Christmas spirit, partly to get me some exercise, partly to keep up with the Jones's next door (who put up a huge inflatable scene of a snowman family yesterday - I'm just saying), and partly to make sure planes don't fly into our house (it seems to be working so far, anyway).

We also made a special trip downtown to see the Parade of Lights last night. It was quite impressive for such a small town. Avey's favorite part was all the dogs who came to see the parade too. She also spoke to the Santa impersonator, and seemed to be quite impressed that he could talk.
Now all we have left is the Christmas shopping [nervous laugh]. But Avey is easily pleased, as witnessed by her joy from a few random articles of clothing, a stick horse, and a pompom. We'll have a great holiday, I'm sure.