Christmas miracles

17 Jan

Yes, I know it’s already MLK Jr. Day, but I have a few things I was planning to report, and if I don’t report the things I was planning to, who knows the next time I’ll have anything report-worthy to report, planned or not.

1.  I received in my Christmas stocking a receipt for a photography class—one of those one-night workshoppy things through the parks & rec, but still.  Pretty awesome.

2.  Chuck cleaned the bathroom.  On Christmas Day, people.  Counters, sinks, toilet, shower, floors—everything.  I should make more wishes on the blog.

3.  I only had one pre-Christmas meltdown/tantrum.  Just one.  I’ve conveniently forgotten what it was about.

4.  We did not exceed the limits of our trash/recycle bins with our Christmas-induced consumerism/frivolity.  I believe that is a first.  At least in many years.

5.  I only gained 5 lbs with my Christmas induced gluttony.  Now that’s a miracle.


Some less than miraculous events to keep it real on Christmas.

1.  My attempts to preserve our Christmas memories resulted in this:


and this:


and this:

and this:


(a strong candidate for next year’s Christmas cards)

2.  In my excitement over yuletide bathing in complete cleanliness, I managed to twist the hose of our detachable shower head thingy to such a degree that when I placed in back in its holder it immediately spun 135 degrees, dousing the newly cleaned mirror, counter and floor and blowing out three vanity bulbs.  Woops.

3.  It was a pretty impressive pre-Christmas meltdown/tantrum.  Still don’t remember what it was about, but I’m sure it was completely, ahem,  justified.

4.  Although our trashcans did not overfloweth, we still have gifts that remained untouched.  I’m hoping someday I’ll find just the right balance.

5.  Three weeks later, I still have that 5 lbs, so I’m thinking this is less of the gain 5 lbs in a day-lose in one or two days variety, and more of the gain 5 lbs in a day-keep for weeks, months or forever variety.  Ah well. 

Do you have anything report-worthy to report on Christmas and/or MLK Jr. Day?


11 Responses to “Christmas miracles”

  1. Jenna Nelson January 17, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    Maybe it’s just me, but I love the Christmas photos. I’m less and less about posed shots these days. When is your class?

    • bythelbs January 17, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

      Jenna, I’m with you on the posed shots thing, and I actually do love capturing my kids’ goofy personalities, but it would be nice if they’d occasionally cooperate long enough for one non-psychotic shot! haha. My class is in March, I think, so I need to get busy practicing so I have a decent fram of reference and know what questions to ask, etc.

  2. Mother of the Wild Boys January 17, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    Clean bathroom=best gift ever!

    And I chose to have my meltdown today, for MLK Jr. day.

  3. shazbraz January 17, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    I want to have a meltdown today but I’m too tired and beat to even bother.

  4. Amanda D January 17, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    I’m going to take a photo class too. Mine is in February. Here’s hoping we both learn lots!

    Yay for clean bathrooms. I wish mine would get clean.

  5. madhousewife January 18, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    I have no report-worthy reports.

    Love the pictures.

  6. Kamilli Vanilli January 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    My noteworthy Christmas report is that this is the first Christmas in forever, that I was actually GLAD when it was over. I usually get a little sad when Christmas comes and goes…but this year…I was just so relieved I even survived it!

    I am seriously impressed that your trash cups did not overfloweth. That is magic, right there. A true Christmas miracle.

  7. Boquinha January 18, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    I laughed out loud at your #2 “less than miraculous” event. In my head, there was banging and spraying and popping and then your voice saying (quietly and calmly and sheepishly), “Whoops.”

  8. Boquinha January 18, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    BTW, great pictures. 🙂

  9. bythelbs January 18, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

    Mother—I think MLK day is as good a time as any. I usually don’t even need a special occasion.

    Shaz—Sorry. Hope today was better than yesterday.

    Amanda—You are already miles ahead of me in that department. I wish some of my photography friends were local so I could mooch off your knowledge!

    (I’m talking to you, too, Jenna! And Susan!)

    Madhousewife—I have a hard time believing you have no report-worthy reports, but I’ll let it go this time.

    Kamilli—I sort of felt that way this year, too. I never got in full Christmas mode. It kind of just came and went. That’s so sad.

    Boquinha—Yeah, that’s pretty much how it went down.

  10. Patience January 19, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    I think it is hilarious that your shower nozzle went out of control like that.

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