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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Snapshots and Tidbits

I am far too exhausted and wine-hazy for any kind of narrative, so please be content with these holiday snapshots and tidbits until I recover. I can't promise anything better anytime soon; we're off to the in-laws tomorrow for a few more days of decadence, so I will be even wine-hazier, plus I'll be dealing with dial-up. Oy.

Christmas was pretty special this year. Before Cakes, I hated the holiday and bemoaned the stress and commercialism. I was always happy when it was done and over with for another year. But this year she was so aware of everything going on; so happy to see almost everyone she loves in a five-day period; so thankful for this magical person called Santa who fills her giant stocking with Dora crap:



I think my most poignant moment this week was Christmas night, when during our final cuddle, she, unprompted, looked skyward and said, "thank-you Santa".

Oh, scratch that, maybe it was Christmas Eve, when I asked her to choose her bedtime story, and for the first time, out of a selection of probably 100 titles, she chose The Polar Express, the book McHotty gave her on Christmas Eve last year. Doesn't that give you a tingle? By the way, in case you don't know, I'm not the type of person who ever says things like, "doesn't that give you a tingle?"

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Cakes loves her cousin so much. She talked about his coming days before the actual event. And it was a real testament to him when she said not a word about the brand new red wagon they played with all day going to his house instead of staying in hers:



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I was in the holiday spirit so much, I didn't even mind when my father presented Cakes with a very realistic miniature dairy farm with 807 tiny plastic pieces:



And I didn't blink an eye when my mother presented her with a giant Dora blanket:



I was so gratified with Cakes' delight when her favourite neighbours, one of each side, came over to give her a Christmas hug and presented her with the perfect gifts for my little fashionista: a black faux fur vest from one, and a hot pink Dora jacket with a fur collar from the other. She immediately donned her new duds and did a little twirl in front of the full-length mirror. If she's like this at 2, what the hell are we in for? Where did this come from?

But ultimately, she takes after her mother--her favourite gift was her big girl underwear:



Though I don't run around topless so much these days. At least not when there are cameras present.

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This is your toddler on blueberry pie:



This is your toddler on a big plate o' whipped cream:



Hey, if there's any time to be indulgent, this is it.

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday!

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18 Comments:

Blogger Don Mills Diva said...

Sounds like a wonderful time - I love the pictures. Have a great time at the in-laws.

11:03 PM  
Blogger jen said...

it's amazing, isn't it..getting to do the whole thing with a whole new perspective.

i am happy you had such a terrific time.

11:06 PM  
Blogger kgirl said...

awww... those pics gave me a tingle ;)

11:28 PM  
Blogger nomotherearth said...

Sooo much more aware of Christmas, and it's so much more fun! Cakes is a beauty.

2:40 AM  
Anonymous Naomi (Urban Mummy) said...

Sounds like such fun! And those photos are fabulous!!

7:57 AM  
Blogger Amy U. said...

Christmas really is for kids, isn't it? Looks like you guys had a great time!

Enjoy your wine haze!

Assertagirl

9:53 AM  
Blogger Redneck Mommy said...

I'm glad Cakes enjoyed herself.

Love the pic of her running around in her big girl undies. LOL. Too cute.

Have a wonderful new year, friend. Smooches.

12:41 PM  
Anonymous winslow1204 said...

Love the photos!

1:43 PM  
Blogger b*babbler said...

Terrific photos and so so much fun.

Enjoy the spoiling and decadence at the in-laws!

2:09 PM  
Blogger Mommy off the Record said...

This was the first year that my son kinda new what was going on too and it did make it more fun.

Cakes is a cutie, btw!

2:20 AM  
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2:15 PM  
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2:15 PM  
Blogger Beck said...

There IS something so magical about Christmas with a small child, isn't there?

2:15 PM  
Blogger Beck said...

... the comment so nice, I said it thrice.

2:16 PM  
Blogger kittenpie said...

Isn't it amazing how their thrill at gifts like a Dora blanket take away half the ick factor?

And we've been singing christmas songs with books all month. I am ready to retire them.

4:00 PM  
Blogger Kyla said...

I'm glad you all have a splendid holiday!

11:15 AM  
Blogger Don Mills Diva said...

I tagged you over on my blog - come see!

4:18 PM  
Blogger something blue said...

A two year old can never seem to have enough Dora things surrounding them. Cakes looks incredibly happy!

10:46 AM  

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