December 31, 2008

Attack of the Multitudinous Toys

Hello. I do believe it's been a while since we've chatted. How are you? How's the family? Did you over-eat at Christmas dinner, too?

This last week has found me up to my elbows in train tracks, ABC magnets, puzzle pieces, and Mr. Potato Head parts. Which is to say Caleb had a very merry Christmas. =) Actually, we all did.

Here's what our livingroom looked like Christmas Eve:

A pup tent all ready for exotic adventures, a train set, and a little stuffed kitty hiding in the Christmas tree. Caleb adores kitties.

And that, friends, is the cleanest my house has been since December 25th. Because about twelve hours after these pictures were taken, the grandparents showed up. Our home has looked like a tornado-hit toy store ever since.

I really can't blame the grandparents. After all, they asked me what to get him for Christmas. They just followed my suggestions; sheesh, people really shouldn't listen to me half as much as they do. Haven't they figured out that I'm crazy?!? How else would you explain why I wanted puzzles and magnets for my son?
Small wooden pieces that get stuck under the fridge, in the laundry basket, and in the diaper pail. Should've stuck with Veggie Tales and Elmo dvds. Nice, safe, easily organized dvds.

What was I thinking?? Sheer madness, friends. I've got it bad.
Actually, I know what I was thinking. I was thinking ahead. You know, ahead to where Caleb starts learning to read and oh how fun those ABC magents will be when he starts sounding out words. Ahead. To those leisure mornings where Caleb and I do puzzles together and then, when we're finished, we sing the Clean Up song and put everything neatly away. Ahead. To where Mr. Potato Head provides not only quality toddler entertainment, but the chance to teach our son the parts of the body.
Ha ha.
I should've stopped while I was "ahead." And stuck with those DVDs.
But I'm mad, remember? Mad as Mad Martigen. As the Mad Hatter. Mad mad. Mommy mad.
That, and I'm an over-achiever. But you didn't hear that from me, ok? I like to pretend I don't have any problems or issues, and if you'll just pretend along with me, we'll all get along peachy. Ok?
Don't get me wrong. I'm thrilled Caleb has new toys. We were due for an infusion. The barn set and the pretend keyboard were getting pretty boring. Now I have plenty to rotate in and out and Caleb will be busy for a while as he discovers everything his new toys can do.
I do miss our livingroom floor, however. It's kinda become a good friend, and I get a little nervous when I can't see it.

So if you don't see me for a while, I'm probably hyperventilating in the bathroom. Or, you know, trying to make organizational order from the chaos. Ooo, my home-maker senses tingle even as I write this. A challenge! Mom v. The Toys. A battle of wits to the bitter end! Who will be the victor?


Ok, that's all for now. I don't want to scare you off for good. Also, I need to take a nap and start emotionally preparing myself for Saturday. Why, you ask?

Because Saturday, dear friends, is Caleb's birthday.


LeAnna said...

Whew, birthdays and Christmas back to back is a FUN one! My poor little brother was born on Christmas day, and while he thought it was pretty darn cool as a youngin', he's since learned it just isn't all that it's cracked up to be. I'm sure my Mom is thankful that he's finally old enough to understand that it's really an okay thing to have ones birthday "party" a week or two or three before their actual date of birth.

After seeing my nieces reaction to their Christmas "toys" (can you tell me what 8 year old needs a Dell laptop AND a digital camera???????) I have decided our son is only getting rocks, sticks, and cardboard boxes from us until he's 43.

Maybe not 43, but you know what I'm sayin'. I'm going to save the fun stuff for the Grandparents...

And yes, according to the scale at the Dr's office, I ate way too much this Christmas. Pooey.

Nicole said...

LOL! LeAnna, you make me laugh!

Yeah, we didn't really 'plan' having our first child so close to the holidays, but then, we weren't really the ones planning, now were we? ;) When Caleb gets a little older, we're going to celebrate his birthday in the summer, on his half birthday. That way, he can have a big party with all his friends and won't have any holidays to interfere. On his actual birthday, we'll prolly just do a small family thing.

Um, no I can't tell you what 8 needs a computer and a digi camera. Unless they are really into photography. . . but that does sound like overkill to me, too. Our son still likes rocks and sticks and dirt best. And boxes. Go figure. We shall enjoy these days while they last. =)