Two cups of latte
AND two daughters assembling their dad's Christmas gift!
I remember a time, seems like just yesterday, when Dear Husband and I would stay up late on Christmas Eve, after the children had gone to sleep, to put the gifts under the tree. Occasionally we had bought something that needed assembling and we would pull our hair out trying to get it together-- while being SO TIRED. Ultimately everything was finished, looking quite beautiful under the tree and about an hour or two later the little ones would be tapping on our arms whispering, "Mommy, Daddy, Santa came!" The look of wonder in their eyes made it all worth while.
They still believe in Santa because they know that if they don't, they'll get underwear for Christmas. But now they are old enough to put their own toys together -- and to put daddy's toys together as well! Youngest Daughter and Middle Daughter spent a couple hours assembling Dear Husband's Wii and then we all played it the rest of the day. What fun! And we worked off some of the ham and chocolate candies. Of course, this morning I can just barely type as my shoulder is sore from so much Wii Bowling! We also heard Youngest Daughter say that she was considering transferring to a college closer to home now so she'd have access to her dad's Christmas gift!
And now -- a song we used to sing at Christmas Eve mass. It's so beautiful!