Sunday, January 04, 2009

Year End Wrap Up

School starts again tomorrow!  We got through two weeks of Pumpkin not being in school, and I'm ready for her to go back.  We did our best to keep her busy during her time off, but I'm out of options for her, and am looking forward to a couple of hours of quiet each day.  During her time off, my mom took her to Casa Loma which was doing a Sleeping Beauty theme; I took her to Disney on Ice; my mom took her to attempt to see The Nutcracker (she lasted through the first half); and we had about 4 or 5 playdates.  Kind of tiring for the grown-ups with the exception of one playdate which was a drop-off.  I'm not one to worry, but it was pretty weird for me to be invited to bring my child over to someone's house and then drive away.  Pumpkin crapped her pants before we left so I didn't have to worry about anyone else having to contend with that, but I was kind of nervous about how she would behave.  Apparently she was fine, although I'm not sure that the nanny in charge would have actually told me that Pumpkin was a demon-child. 

Chichi has pretty much been perfect thus far, and I can only pray that her curious observation of Pumpkin's defiance will lead to nothing further than just observation.  She is a much easier baby than Pumpkin was, so hopefully the trend will continue.  Sometimes I feel a little bad about just how much I am enjoying Chichi when I was never able to feel the same way about Pumpkin, but it's sooooo much easier to like a well behaved baby.  Pumpkin basically didn't like her options and wasn't happy until she could crawl.  Chichi has always been all smiles and is just nice to spend time with.  Honestly, she makes my heart explode on a daily basis.  Too bad she's going to be three someday.  

As for the non-mommy stuff, I managed to have a reasonable social holiday season.  We pretty much saw all of our close friends, and I even hosted a couple of events.  I never have anyone over, but now that I have a decent room for entertaining, I'm feeling a little more motivated.  I had my high-school gang over one night in an attempt to recreate the Christmas potluck that we used to have every year back in the good ol' days.  Not everyone could make it but it was still good to see those who came.  I noticed that we all seem to eat and drink a lot less than we used to.  I made up for that the next night as I hosted the annual New Year's reject party.  Yup, that's what it's called.  Every year we make plans with another couple to do the fondue thing, and invite anyone else who has nothing better to do.  We even had a few takers this year!  I'm not actually big on celebrating New Year's, but it's cool to hang out with friends, break out the chocolate fountain and stay up late.  Small pleasures.  

So that's what's been happening over here.  No major fireworks but the year is still young.  Oh yeah, Happy New Year everyone!

8 comments:

Naomi (Urban Mummy) said...

And a Happy New Year to you too!

motherbumper said...

Happy New Year to you and your family. I was very happy to see the school yard again this morning.

Chantal said...

Happy New Year to you too! I felt the same way about my second child. My first was what they would call a "sensitive" child. So when #2 came along and he was so easy to get along with I loved it. And felt guilty about all the stressing I did with #1, guilted myself into thinking I was overreacting with #1. Then remembered what it was really like and thanked GOD that this time was better.

crazymumma said...

I was so surprised when my two turned out to be completely and utterly different from each other.

I had to learn a whole new approach to evertything. They say it is the baby learning to crawl, but i felt it was me learning to think....

Mamalooper said...

Happy New Year! Sorry about lack of response re playdate over the holidays - comment moderation "on" and my brain "off"!

Barrie said...

Like you, I was happy to have a little peace and quiet in the house when the kids went back to school. Of mine, one baby was much tougher than the others.

petite gourmand said...

mmm fondu...do you have any good recipes?

kittenpie said...

The Bun is easier than Pumpkinpie was, too. He's just easier-going.

and I was really happy to get to see some friends as well as family over the holidays. I like this two weeks off thing - but of curse, normally I don't get that.