Hi there, 2010!

Let me step back and talk about Christmas break.

We celebrated the Festival of Lights with a friend from work. I forgot the camera so you will have to trust that Alden can make short work of latkes. I asked friend Sarah how I could tweak the boys’ look in order to fit in with the tribe and she suggested circumcising them and then hot rolling Alden’s hair into peyos. We decided to go Gentile style.

(Those are NOT short pants. They rode up when he crawled across the bed.)

This was the first year Alden had any understanding of Christmas, so we decided to dive into the whole story.

I was the model of sanity, tidily buying each boy two moderate gifts and then a big one to share — a superdeluxe Radio Flyer wagon. All by December first. Then on December 23rd I lost my mind and decided we needed stockings and a Wall-E robot and new pajamas. So there was much scrambling. My mom showed up looking like she robbed a toy store and this was the final result.

Alden was overwhelmed.

He had to sit on the stairs and gather himself for a few moments.

Then he decided maybe he could rally in order to try out that wagon.

Before the boys took naps, we toasted Santa.

Are Alden and I wearing matching pajamas? You know we are!

I want to talk about a new year, resolutions and changes, but for now just a sneak preview.

Three firsts in the last 24 hours:

— Elliot wore shoes for the first time in his life today.
— Alden used a pillow and blanket for the first time in his life last night.
— I fell asleep before the ball dropped and so missed the big transition.

One resolution is underway. Alden is learning how to use the video camera.

(Sorry about the diaper.)

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26 responses to this post.

  1. Not only does Alden look overwhelmed, he looks a little skeptical.
    Those are some handsome boys you’ve got there.

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  2. Not only does Alden look overwhelmed, he looks a little skeptical.
    Those are some handsome boys you’ve got there.

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    • They are lovely to me, thank you.
      He was more than skeptical. To my eternal regret, I missed getting a photo of him with his arms crossed high across his chest while he said, “I’m not going to do Any. Thing. Any. More.”

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      • his arms crossed high across his chest while he said, “I’m not going to do Any. Thing. Any. More.
        I guess you’ve been warned.

      • I’m going to come get that child. He fits right in with my two, and already has pajamas to match Anya’s. Pack his bags.

      • I must point out that if his pajamas match Anya’s then mine do too.
        Also, I love little houses, get along very well with , and think your parties look like a lot of fun.
        Just saying.

      • You know, if you’re giving away a kid, I think I get first dibs, on account of I’ve been wanting me a toddler, and she’s already got some kids. I’ll be wildly overindulgent, yet wrestle him into his jammies or the tub as necessary. And my yurt is comparably small.

  3. Your entire family is made of cute.

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  4. Your entire family is made of cute.

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  5. It was the matching pajamas, wasn’t it?

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  6. They are lovely to me, thank you.
    He was more than skeptical. To my eternal regret, I missed getting a photo of him with his arms crossed high across his chest while he said, “I’m not going to do Any. Thing. Any. More.”

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  7. Honestly, your family is just good look’n, pj’s or no. πŸ™‚

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  8. Thank ye kindly πŸ™‚

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  9. his arms crossed high across his chest while he said, “I’m not going to do Any. Thing. Any. More.
    I guess you’ve been warned.

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  10. The PJs slay me!

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  11. The PJs slay me!

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  12. I’m going to come get that child. He fits right in with my two, and already has pajamas to match Anya’s. Pack his bags.

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  13. I must point out that if his pajamas match Anya’s then mine do too.
    Also, I love little houses, get along very well with , and think your parties look like a lot of fun.
    Just saying.

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  14. I have a weakness for matching pajamas. Stay tuned for my small herd of giraffes.

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  15. I buy matching PJs for my kids every year. πŸ™‚

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  16. You know, if you’re giving away a kid, I think I get first dibs, on account of I’ve been wanting me a toddler, and she’s already got some kids. I’ll be wildly overindulgent, yet wrestle him into his jammies or the tub as necessary. And my yurt is comparably small.

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