Since we’re traveling to Mom’s tomorrow (after going to church in the morning, of course) we opened our Christmas gifts this morning. Naturally, the girls went first. Hannah was quiet, with an occasional “Whoa!” or “Oh my gosh!” but Mary was joyfully squealing at everything. They were both thrilled at what they got. Whew! I won’t go into detail about all the toys and clothes they got, but they were very, very happy. Carl got me a really nice George Foreman grill. It has removeable plates and digital temperature sets and all the neat little bells and whistles, and I’m looking forward to grilling pork steaks indoors without having all the fat you’d get if you baked or fried them. Carl got a new set of outdoor grilling tools (with a case) Clint Eastwood’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly on DVD, and a six-pack of Mike’s Hard Lemonade. He also went and got his new TV today: a Sony 40″ flat-panel LCD TV. He’s been waiting for a couple years for this TV, and it’s his Christmas/graduation/birthday gift to himself. He deserves it. After two and a half years of Masters Degree schoolwork on top of all his other work, he needs to kick back and relax a little. And since he received some money as a graduation gift, he plans to augment his TV purchase with a surround-sound stereo speaker purchase. Electronics and alcohol for Christmas. Carl’s in Guy Gift Heaven.
And I’m content. The girls are happy, Carl’s happy – even the dog is happy. Judah got a Jumbone and some toys for Christmas, and Carl built him two sunning platforms out in the back yard, so he has a dry place to go and chew on his toys. Carl and I managed to get the girls’ toys removed from the packaging without much trouble, and no one (so far) has lost their temper or gotten frustrated. Of course, Carl hasn’t unpacked the TV yet, but I think that should go well considering Carl’s a genius. So I’m content. It’s been a good morning. And like Mary just said, “You know, I’m feeling a little happy this morning.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself.