'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the Gephart house . . .
We were watching holiday-appropriate movies, like Inglourious Basterds and The Hangover. Mhmm.
We woke at a reasonable time on Christmas morning because for some reason, teenagers don't run shrieking into your room at 5 a.m.
It was a Christmas miracle that we were all up by 8 a.m., opening presents beside our Charlie Brown tree. The stand broke a couple nights ago, and we found our tree splayed across the living room. I came up with the idea of plopping the thing in a big planter and wedging it in there with towels. It's being held up by the wall at the moment, so we try not to sneeze too hard near it.
Our boys received some clothes, which they are actually old enough to appreciate. Our youngest son got an MP3 Player and a digital camera. He's a whiz with taking creative photos. Our oldest got what he'd hoped for -- DJ Hero.
Lady, our pooch, will not let her new lobster chew toy out of her sight.
And Jaz, our 17-year-old cat couldn't possibly care less about her new toy mouse, but the dog went after it once. (Poor mouse.)
I got hubby a CD, guitar books and a promise of a trip to Austin, TX to check out the music and literary scene this summer. (Thanks to those Austinites who helped me with planning!)
Hubby got me a PURPLE IPod Nano. It's so cool. Did I mention it's purple? And he gave me a bunch of books that only a writer could love . . . and I do.
1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up by Julia Eccleshare.
Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children's Book by Anita Silvey.
House of Cards (Love, Faith and Other Social Expressions) by David Ellis Dickerson, because as some of you might know, I used to work as an editor at a greeting card company and have since sold greeting cards to many companies.
We also opened cool gifts from faraway family. Wonderful, thoughtful gifts that made us all smile.
Then I took a stroll with a friend at a nearby park and had an amazing holiday gift -- I saw two manatees! They are the coolest, biggest, most gentle creatures. And we haven't seen any manatees for years. If you want to help save the manatees, this is a great organization to support.
Then, after all the planning and preparing, it was over . . .
Hoping your holidays were filled with joy and peace . . . and, um, manatees.