She completely freaked out when she saw the box that contains our big, dancing Santa, and she wouldn't go near the Santa house at the tree farm. She even got a little clingy at Ryan's band concert because there was a man sitting close to us with a white beard who was wearing a red shirt and a Santa hat.
Ironically, her very favorite song to sing is "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town!"
Last weekend, we took a trip to the mountains to pick out our Christmas tree (post forthcoming). We had some hotel points at our disposal, so we decided to spend the night in Asheville and meet the rest of the group at the tree farm on Saturday. I asked Ryan and Emily to put their things on my bed before they left for school on Friday morning because I was going to pack everything so we could leave as soon as school was out. And this is what my teenager packed. For an overnight trip. To the mountains. Where it was supposed to snow.
1 pair long pants
1 long sleeved shirt
2 short sleeved shirts
4 pairs of underwear
no toothbrush, toothpaste, contact lens case, glasses
Today I had to take Emily, Jackson and Ainsley to the dentist. Our appointment was at 4:00pm and so I needed Ryan to hurry out to the carpool line so I could pick him up and still have enough time to make it to the appointment.
Me: So, please hurry as fast as you can to the car. I'm going early, so I'll already be waiting. Just come straight out to the car as quickly as you possibly can, okay?
Ryan: Okay. I mean, I'll try to go fast. But just so you know, I'm going to be very irritated if I go as fast as I can, possibly tripping over people, running and carrying my heavy bag and clarinet and then we drive to the dentist and are, like, 10 minutes early to the appointment or something.
Me: ... ... ...
Me: Okay, son. Tell you what. You do your best getting to the car, and I'll do my best making sure I don't inconvenience you in any way, like not picking you up at all and making you walk home. Deal?
Okay...I have to give him an A+ for imagination...
While it may look to you like he's wearing a pair of shorts on his head, pj's, and rain boots, this is how Jack dresses up to be The Sheriff! The shorts are his cowboy hat, the pj's are his "sheriff clothes," and the boots are his cowboy boots. You may also see his badge at the top of his shirt, which is a large coin he brought home from the treasure box at school and is secured to his shirt with a paper clip. And, of course, the Star Wars blaster completes the look. Well, actually, his facial expression is really what completes the look.
"Well, it doesn't right now because the power went out. We don't have any power right now."
"We have power!"
"We don't right now."
"But the candles are working."
"Yes, the candles are working, but that's different. That's not the power. See? The lights aren't working and the TV isn't working because we don't have power. But we will soon. And then the lights will work and the TV will work."