I was the only person in my department, so we had the run of the place. We stopped and bought donuts and chocolate milk. We decorated for Christmas. We worked on art projects. And when we ran out of things to do and still had an hour left before I was scheduled to leave, we decided to work on our Christmas lists.
The twins and I sat at the computer and searched the big toy store website so I could get some ideas for them (and pass them along to my sister). After each kid had a full page of ideas, they wanted to work on a list of what they could get for their mom. I love how 1st graders think! Their list consisted of:
- Christmas decorations
- Help with the babies
- Clean their rooms
- Help with the laundry
- Quiet in the house when the babies are sleeping
- Hugs and kisses
- Foot rubs
After their list for Christy, they wanted to know what I wanted for Christmas. I pulled up my Amazon Wish List and showed it to them. Lots of "boring" things on there... You know... The stuff that you need, but never buy for yourself. They looked at me like I was crazy when they saw that I really wanted oven mitts. ;-) When my online list didn't appeal to them, they asked me what I liked, and I mentioned that I love butterflies. I told them that butterflies make me happy and that I think of all of my kiddos (including them) as butterflies because they make me happy too. I vaguely remember saying that I'd love to have a butterfly necklace someday. Then we went on with doing other things, and then it was time to go.
Fast forward to yesterday (Christmas Day)...
My family takes turns opening our Christmas presents. You get to enjoy seeing each others' reactions to their gifts, it gives everyone a better opportunity to bond and visit with each other, and it makes the fun last longer than the crazy free-for-all method of gift opening. When it was my turn, I pulled a gift from Buddy and Ka-Diva. This was the first year that Christy took them shopping so they could pick out a gift for each of us, just from them.
Imagine me, totally surprised and a little teary-eyed, when I opened my gift to find a butterfly necklace (with earrings) because that was definitely my reaction. I couldn't believe that a couple of 6-year-olds actually remembered a conversation that we had a month before!
I said that very thing to the twins, and Buddy answered with "I remembered! I put it in my brain!" :-)
I really do think this will go down in the books as one of my favorite gifts ever.