Friday, December 12, 2008


Meg is now standing everywhere. It's been amazing how quickly she's picked it up. I turned around yesterday to find her standing in the kitchen holding on to the kid drawer with all the sippy cups in it. She then proceeded to stand there while she took each top out, licked it and threw it on the floor.

She has also figured out how to climb the landing step on our stairs and is already turning the corner gunning for the rest of them. Although I do have one baby gate that I keep at the top of the stairs, I had borrowed the others I used with Andy from a friend who has since relocated to Missouri. I am thinking I need to invest in a couple to put at the bottom of the stairs in the living room. Otherwise, I'm going to spend my time defending against the stairs.

The Christmas march is on and I am loving watching Andy really get into it. Some things he still finds a little hokey, like the 'Twas the Night Before Christmas special from 1974 narrated by Joel Grey. I can't say I blame him. It was pretty bad. We also watched the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer claymation show from 1964 (I know, 1964, and it still holds up). We liked that one a lot although Andy was really scared about the Abominable Snow monster to the point that he cried he was so scared. That prompted a nice talk afterwards about how monsters aren't real and it was just a TV show.

Meanwhile, I am a little confused how I'm going to pull off this Santa business. The theories just don't hold up -- I tell him the monster isn't real, but then he's to believe Santa and Rudolph are? That doesn't even touch on how to react when we see Santa in the mall. Is that the real Santa? What about the Santa that just drove through our neighborhood on a firetruck? Good thing he's not doing any logic theorems on this or I'd be busted in a heartbeat.


  1. Anonymous7:42 PM

    Since my children have long noticed that the various "Santas" look different, I had to come up with an explanation.
    You see, there is the main Santa who lives at the North Pole and delivers the presents. And then their are his "cousins" that go to malls and parades and country club Santa breakfasts and they gather the wishes to take back to the North Pole. Feel free to borrow my lie.

  2. Rudolph does have a small sexist flaw that I noticed in our 22nd viewing... Their friend Cornelious goes over the cliff w/ the bumble and "there is only one thing to do. get the women back to Christmas town." OK, I have watched it too many times... shoot me now.

  3. George and Henry (10 and 12) both still believe and their powers of applying logic are fairly well developed! They know that the Santas that they see around are not the "real" thing - but helpers that make Santa's job easier at this time of year (all that list checking takes time)! However, the older they get the harder I think the fall is going to be when they actually realize they've been lied to.