...and all through the house,
not a creature was stirring,
not even a mouse.
The children were nestled
all snug in their beds....it's true.
They were. Normally at bedtime, there are serious negotiations that take place. First, there's always a big debate over who gets tucked in first. We have to be sure to take turns as it's always a treat to be tucked in last. Secondly, someone always needs a stuffed animal or three or four and that animal is usually tucked away in the last drawer or cabinet you check. Then someone usually needs to go to the bathroom one last time even though they've been 43 times before. Everybody always needs just one more sip of milk. You always think you're done but as soon as you begin walking back down the hallway, someone needs one last thing. Last night, however, everyone was excited about Santa coming and nobody needed anything. I kissed Lauren goodnight and covered her up...silence. I kissed Anna goodnight and covered her up...silence. I couldn't believe it and began to walk down the hall to our room when I heard Anna say, "Mommy???" I thought, okay, here we go. "What is it?" I asked. She said, "Mommy, I already have visions of sugarplums dancing in my head!" I started laughing and waited for the requests that were sure to follow but there weren't any. They were both asleep in like 10 minutes time...surely a record in our house. They knew Santa was on his way and I guess they didn't want to do anything to mess it up!! :)
Speaking of sugarplums, I actually found a recipe for some the other day. The only thing I knew about them before was that there was a "Sugarplum Fairy" and that children dreamt about them on Christmas Eve. Apparently they're just a small round or oval fruit and nut confection dipped in sugar. I made a tray of them just for kicks and they were okay. The girls preferred Doug's Christmas cookies that they all put together last night. I must admit the Christmas cookies probably have my vote as well. It could have something to do with the 800 pounds of butter and sugar in them...but man, are they good!
Anna, Lauren, and Tyler working on Christmas cookies