Tidings of Comfort and Joy

by Stefani on 12-December-2007

So, about that whole jet lag business.

It’s not so much that I’m tired, as it is that I’m just clueless, walking around all dreamy like and unable to focus. It’s weird, like someone slipped me some funny brownies or something.

I keep bumping into things, and even people. At the grocery store today I actually knocked into someone and then excused myself… in Japanese. Picture it… clutzy hispanic looking woman, very white looking kids, and she’s speaking Japanese. Huh?

That said, I will now blather on about nothing at all. It’s all I’m currently capable of.

My mom brought us a light up Santa to go by our front door.

This might be the best possible Christmas present for a big ol sap like me, because we had one very like it growing up. In fact, it sits by her front door to this day (the ninth front porch it has graced over the years). On the left is the one I grew up gazing upon. On the right, Ryder is chatting up the new one.


In other news (aka shameless bragging on my spawn) my oldest is completely freaking me out with his bigness these days.

He now not only reads to himself, just for fun, (when did that happen?) he also reads to his brothers.

Reading By The Tree


He teaches himself to play Christmas music on the piano too.

Jolly Old St. Nicholas

“Jolly Old St. Nicholas,” while adorable in every way, goes on and on and on all day long, a la Janie, in “It’s a Wonderful Life” just before her Daddy loses it and runs out the door to jump off a bridge.

I’m just saying.

It isn’t only my children that are leaving me slack jawed in amazement though. I have received not one but TWO completely unexpected and entirely thoughtful gifts from fellow bloggers.

First, Sherrie of Frenchy Finds. Sent me this adorable Japanese Christmas mug to add to my collection, and a hysterical tribute to my fondness for whacking away at paper with my X-acto. Can you believe that? I couldn’t. A box of perfectly thoughtful, and absolutely me gifts, just because. Amazing.

Gifts From Sherrie

Then Molly, of A Foothill Home Companion sent along this bunch of goodness:

Gifs From Molly

That’s a little vintage owl plaque, (three owls, looking a lot like three little boys that I know), noodles that I ogled after reading about her amazing chicken noodle soup recipe, and hand embroidered napkins for each of my fellas. Those are going to be used for the first time tomorrow, as place mats under my guy’s new Bento boxes. Be sure to check out Molly’s unbelievably gorgeous wares at her new shop.

Speaking of food and jet lag, I’m subsisting at the moment on peppermint bark that we made together, and gobs of coffee.

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

And I’m thinking that eventually all that sugar and caffeine might drive me to actually DO something with the gorgeous fabric and craft books that I brought home from Japan.

It’s maybe going to be a little while though, before I trust my clumsy self with the scissors and heavy machinery.

molly December 12, 2007 at 8:28 pm

You had me cracking up with the bumping into someone and excusing yourself in Japanese. “Babel” would have been much better (and a teensy bit funny) with a scene like that. I haven’t been on a jet for years, but I definitely experience lag on a regular basis. I’m so glad you liked your goodies and thank you for the plug. Enjoy your peppermint bark and coffee – I’ve been having a craving for that exact same treat.

Sandollar aka Barb December 12, 2007 at 8:51 pm

Perhaps your young man is going over his Christmas list with Santa??

Sarah Jackson December 12, 2007 at 9:00 pm

What great packages!

I’m always astonished at what my children just start doing when I’m not looking. Your boy is becoming such an accomplished young man! You must be very proud while that Christmas music rings round and round in your head.

Amber December 13, 2007 at 12:25 am

So funny – when I lived in Costa Rica and would come home to visit I would do that too…start talking to people in Spanish! Hope the fog goes away soon…coffee and peppermint bark always do the trick!

Holly C December 13, 2007 at 3:42 am

I love the portrait of you and your little men. Beautiful!

Tracy December 13, 2007 at 5:32 am

That “It’s A Wonderful Life” comment almost made me fall over laughing… Just saying.

I know the feeling, of being all wonky and ditzy, from jet lag, or even just regular old everyday lack of sleep. I hate it.

Jade December 13, 2007 at 7:06 am

What sweet gifts!

Jet lag can be a bummer. I totally understand walking around in a daze. I do it on most days!

Some of my favorite pictures of the kids are ones with my oldest reading to my youngest. Very special moments.

sherrieg December 13, 2007 at 9:44 am

I’m so glad you liked the parcel and are using the mug!

kristin December 13, 2007 at 7:10 pm

Picture it… clutzy hispanic looking woman, very white looking kids, and she’s speaking Japanese. Huh?…..

that made me giggle.

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