I always said my parents had me just so they could make me do chores. Not that they really made me do that much, but at the time it felt like a lot. I think I had to rake leaves once when I got in trouble and I know I had to clean my room. Oh, the insanity. It's one perk of having children, right? Making them do the stuff you don't want to do? I think one of the first things Matt said when we found out Banks was a boy was that he was excited about teaching him to rake the leaves. Banks is still a bit too young to clean the toilets for me, but his day is coming, don't you worry. He is good for a few things already:
-eating the hard and end pieces of bread (Matt and I used to fight over who had to eat the first two pieces of bread in the loaf, since they are harder than the rest. I'm telling you blog world, have a kid and all your problems will be solved.)
-eating the really over-ripe bananas
-throwing things in the trash
-walking the dog
-fetching things (might come in handy once the new babe gets here)
We'll be working on increasing his list of know-hows. Pretty soon he'll be serving me breakfast in bed. All joking aside, he is good for more than the list above. One favorite: he's good for a laugh. That guy says some of the craziest things. I know it happens with all children...they overhear something and then repeat the phrase at just the right moment. And he knows he's funny too. He cracks himself up and says "dat funny" or "I be silly."
He's also soaking up the Christmas spirit. He can already sing "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer", "Frosty the Snowman", and "Jingle Bells". He knows about baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the manger and the donkey. He knows all about Santa's "alfs" that help him in his shop. Banks doesn't know it yet but an "alf" is going to be coming to his house very soon. He also says he's going to ask Santa for a fire truck, some trucks and some tractors.
This year, since we're in the TTT (teeny-tiny townhouse), we're scaling WAY back on the Christmas decorations. Banks and I are making all the ornaments and decorations for the tree. I think it will be so sweet to look back on our last Christmas with just the three of us and remember making all the decorations together! I can't say that I'm not sad about not doing it up big this year, but we just don't have the space. Plus, our stuff is spread out all over the world and I'm not sure which storage unit has which decorations. Wish us luck!
Stringing the cranberries. We only knotted the string 257 times.
Glitter. I hate glitter. Toddlers and glitter do not mix well. See how neat it all looks in the picture? He was just getting started. But the snowflake sure turned out pretty!
Also on tap for this week: stringing popcorn, salt dough ornaments, and something involving sequins. I'll post pictures once we actually get a tree on which to hang all our ornaments!