Sunday, December 28, 2008

Listening to the Quiet

It's after 10pm here and the house feels larger but emptier now. For the last couple of days we've had 5 adults, 2 dogs and a baby in the place and it's been noisy and chaotic and fun.

Wed. afternoon, J-Man woke me to tell me I was being put on call and didn't have to get up yet. Good thing, as my alarm had been buzzing for 20 minutes and I hadn't heard a thing. But then DD came in about 15 minutes later, and I was too excited to go back to sleep. Isabella had to model her new Christmas sweater:

After supper, J-Man went to bed and DD and I participated in a long-standing Christmas Eve tradition: wrapping presents. I had more to do than she, so I was up til 1am before collapsing into bed, still not finished.

The phone rang at 2am. Of course. I got called in.
As it turns out, 2 of the 3 admissions ER was promising us were cancelled, so they really could have made it without me, but who knew? So I finished wrapping when I got home and then we unwrapped them all again 5 hours later.

Tandi got yet another ball, and guarded it carefully, unwilling to share more with Isabella than she had to:

She didn't like sharing her moose either:

J-Man and I went a little overboard on DD this year, but when you only have one, and she's working her heart out--that's what you do.

We tried for a low-clutter Christmas this year, since she is in such a tiny apartment. Beside gift cards, and a few wearables, we bought her a Kindle from Amazon so she can read to her heart's content without trying to find more room to store books. She was totally surprised and thrilled.

DD and J-Man conspired and bought me a purple iPod with my name engraved on it! Now, I'm sure most of you are yawning over this one, but, unlike J-Man, I'm not constantly panting after the newest electronic toys. (Remember the 20-yr-old Bernina? And the 8-yr-old computer we finally replaced?) But it's been fun trying to figure it out, and in a week I'm sure I'll be wondering how I ever did without one!

That night and the next morning I busted my butt cleaning out the sewing room for brother and his wife--and their 8-month-old grandson. He was such a hoot! He loved Isabella--thought she might be good enough to eat:

Looks mighty pleased with himself, doesn't he?

Isabella had to howl about it, egged on by my SIL, of course:

This little man only took power naps--20-30 minute sleeps and that was after fighting it for at least 15 minutes. But he was so good-natured you couldn't be upset with him.

Do you think the grandparents doted on him just a bit?

Then again, so did DD; after all, they have practically the same color hair:

We ate, we laughed, we shopped a little, we ate some more, we played with the baby and pulled the dogs apart when jealousy got the best of them, and now it's all over til next year.

I pulled out the 11 quilting magazines I haven't had time to read yet, but didn't even thumb through them. It's awfully quiet here now. I think I can hear my thoughts echoing.

There'll be time enough to put the rooms back together later. For now, I want to remember these past few days.

Sleep tight tonight, baby boy.


Libby said...

All but that last minute call to work, sounds like a wonderful Christmas - I smiled all the way till the last words.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like some wonderful, wonderful family time! Merry Christmas late.

(Bummer you got called into work.)

Mandy said...

What a beautiful baby.

Anonymous said...

gosh, Stephanie. ..makes my heart warm and toasty. I can feel the love and the slight melancholy of goodbye.

I'm excited about your iPod. ;-)
Be sure to put some Weezer, Vampire Weekend, and Citizen Cope on there in honor of me. :-)

Lori in South Dakota said...

you had all the most important things for Christmas, family, babies, fun, and dogs! Love the family pictures, the baby is adorable. Makes me want to snuggle him!

MightyMom said...

what wonderful memories!!

glad everyone was able to come over!

they called me Christmas Eve and asked if I wanted to come in and work ER overflow.....HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

yeah, still thinking about it!

Anonymous said...

Your baby is just the cutest thing.

Happy New year to you and your family Stephanie,

Kate xxx

Alycia said...

Shew- if I were you I would still be sleeping! I am not sure I could have handled a 2am ER....

MouseChirpy said...

I'm glad to see that you had a really wonderful Christmas with your family. I loved the pictures. It looks as if everyone was having a blast being together.

gardenymph said...

It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas with your family. What a cute baby!