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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Another Christmas Come and Gone...

I'm taking a trip down memory lane this evening.  As I sit in my living room (that has puked Disney princesses, mind you), I think back to Christmas last year, and the year before.  It's very true when they say having a baby will change your life, but even more so when you go from just the two of you on Christmas morning, to three of you.
Caris' Third Christmas 2011

This was the first time Caris actually ripped open presents and became excited when she saw what her present was.  It's a little bittersweet; she's growing up so very fast!  This year, we had to get out of her way!  After a brief misunderstanding that Santa was not coming to take her princesses away, but rather, to bring her some more, everything was as it should be.  How she came up with the notion that Santa was coming to take them away, I have no idea.  There's no photo with Santa this year...mostly because whenever she came within 10 feet of him, she became terrified and burst into tears.  Ah...the drama of being 2 1/2 and having to deal with Santa Claus!  

Caris' First Christmas 2009
Her very first Christmas was completely different.  She couldn't even crawl, let alone rip open any presents.  I think she knew something was up, however.  Her smile said it all.  That year, Santa was just someone whose lap she sat on and pulled fiercely on the long white beard.  The tree was just something bright and shiny to stare at for hours on end, and the presents were more interesting for the boxes that held them, rather than the object inside.

Caris' Second Christmas 2010
Last year, she was finally getting the meaning of Christmas (well, the meaning a 1 1/2 year old can understand, anyway) and understood that all that stuff sitting out on Christmas morning was hers.  She looks so tiny in this picture!  She still wasn't sure about opening presents, or why everyone was at her house on Christmas Eve, with even more presents.  

So I hope you've enjoyed my little trip down memory lane.  Princess Caris has just finished watching Sleeping Beauty for the millionth time and counting.  I wonder what the big thing will be next year?


Saturday, December 17, 2011

I'm back....sorta.

Okay, so yeah...it's been a while since I've posted. I know that.  Don't hold it against me.  :)

Caris has a new obsession.  That's right...it's Disney Princesses.  I just started Cinderella for the second time today, and since 9am, we've watched Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, and Tangled.   I didn't realize how easy it was to memorize songs from these movies, but I guess after watching them over and over, it's bound to sink in at some point.

While I watch Cinderella, the current favorite, for about the millionth time, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the last few months.  They've been hectic; full of happiness, sorrow, anger, anxiety, and mounds of stress.

Last month, I watched as many of my fellow co-workers lost their jobs in a lay off at my firm.  Over time, we've gotten somewhat back to normal, but I will always miss those I worked with who no longer have jobs.  I will continue to worry for them in this horrible economy.

This semester was perhaps my hardest yet, and the most rewarding.  I struggled to write a play, and to make it through a literature class with my sanity intact, and I believe I've made it...though some might say otherwise.  I pulled an A out of statistics with the help of my fellow classmates, and I managed to not tear my hair out.  I still have some revisions to do in my play, but for the most part, this semester is done.  All that's left now is my senior thesis, and a general education sociology class.  My thesis is on Jane Austen and her heroines, and their similarities to dear Jane.  There's a survey in progress to determine the most popular heroine, and the least popular...and I'm interested to see what the Jane Austen community has to say.

And now it's Christmas!  I'm still not finished shopping, and have resolved to do it all online this evening.  I've been looking forward to Christmas all year, because I can't wait to watch Caris rip open presents Christmas morning.  For Christmas, she's getting the My First Princess dolls, and the Carriage Play set.  There's some other little princess tidbits, but those are the main things.