Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Christmas again? Who knew?!

It was Christmas again at our house this afternoon. Christmas twice a year? The Christmas after Christmas? The Christmas Do-Over? Christmas Day, Groundhog Style?

Yet there was no Christmas tree, no Christmas decorations, no smell of gingerbread men baking in the oven, no Christmas music playing in the background. But I could hear laughter, shrieking and excitement...it sounded like Christmas morning. I heard one little voice scream, "Look what I got" and another tiny voice shriek, "wow, wow, wow"! Then one of those little voices yelled, "Hey Mommy, you have to come here and see all this cool stuff".

It made me wonder if I had hidden some Christmas presents somewhere and had completely forgotten about them. No...I was pretty sure I had hidden all the Christmas presents upstairs in our closet. For a minute, I actually allowed myself to fantasize that Tim had gotten me a few Valentine's Day presents a few weeks early and maybe the kids had stumbled upon them. That thought was quickly erased from my brain as I smacked myself back into reality....we all know Tim is a last-minute type person. He's the guy you see at Walmart at midnight on Christmas eve, trying desperately to salvage something off the ransacked shelves in hopes of passing it off as a well-thought out Christmas present.

So I come out of the laundry room and what do I see???


No, it wasn't Christmas, even though it sure sounded like it might have been. Apparently, Tim had been in the kitchen with the kids and Cole had figured out how to pull out the broiler tray from under the oven. Lo and behold....there were all the toys that had been lost over a course of 4 years. The rubix cube that had gone missing suddenly one day, the yellow car that Cole had gotten for his 2nd birthday that had magically disappeared, the cute little placemat that Tim's parents had bought for one of the boys, a few plastic balls, some Hot Wheels cars....it really was like Christmas! And it made my kids SO happy to find all these lost toys...these toys that had once been prized possessions.

And here I was feeling guilty that I don't do a better job of cleaning the house?? Who knew that finding lost toys under the oven would cause such excitement?

I think tomorrow we'll go digging under the sofas in the family room and see what we come up with! Then on Wednesday, we'll hit the living room and see what treasures we can find that have been hidden for years. Next week, we'll go searching under the beds upstairs and see what we come up with. Now that may be a little scary...I'm not quite sure what we'll find under the beds but if it can bring that much excitement and happiness to my kids, bring it on! Merry Christmas to us....again!

17 comments:

Teresa said...

Oh, I love this story! I enjoy reading your blog. I have twins myself (15 now). How wonderful your life is with the blessing of two sets!

Corrine said...

that is too funny and too cute. i love when kids get excited about the little things...maybe you should hide more toys daily :)

eight helping hands said...

You could cycle out their toys and have a treasure hunt every week, and wouldn't you be a cool mom!

heather@it'stwinsanity said...

Too funny! We have had that happen here before but the kids don't want to touch the toys because they are always so dusty. You must be a better housekeeper than me! LOL

Ambulance Mommy said...

Awesome!!! Old toys become new again after not seeing them forever. Sometimes, I try to be the organzied mom and rotate my toys, but then time gets away from me. But then months later, I go back and find that I did manage to put some toys away, so I pull them out, and its like Christmas here!!

:)

Cheryl Lage said...

Merry Christmas, Indeed! Maybe I should look behind some chairs.... ;)

That picture is priceless! :)

Nancy said...

LOL! It's a perpetual treasure hunt!

btw.. i left an award for you on my blog. I got tagged and am tagging you. :D

Jen said...

I would have never thought of that. I may have to check under a few things at home! (Of course at 9 & 13, I doubt my kids reactions will be as cute.)

mrsbear said...

Ha. I always get the same reaction when I try to purge the toys in their toy box. Suddenly I'll unearth something they haven't seen in months, and they won't be able to part with this "new" toy. Happy 2nd Christmas.

Jenni Jiggety said...

Wahooooo! What once was lost, now is found!

Hajar said...

Chuckle, chuckle, chuckle, that's a fabulous form of entertainment. :)

Carrie said...

Oh the treasures we find under couch pillows, under beds, under the dishwasher, and behind the fridge!! Just got to laugh :)

twinmama said...

That is wonderful! I bet they felt really proud of themselves discovering the "lost toys".

Great idea about having them look for other toys around the house. They get to pretend to be super sleuths and you can put them to work cleaning. (Hey, however we have to get the kids to help out - I am all for it!)

Lana said...

That's so cute. I'm scared to see what's under my oven. Although, I have to admit I'm darn curious!! Just not brave! Guess I'll ahve to send the kids in. Hee hee!

I love the new look to your blog btw!

barb said...

It's amazing what you can find when you move things around, isn't it? Happy Christmas in January!

Creative Junkie said...

LOL! Too cute!

I think we could furnish a second home with all the stuff we'd find under couches and beds, etc.

Therefore, I don't bother to even check. We can't afford a second home anyway.

Debbie said...

Any time we have cleaned some nook or cranny of our house, my kids have found treasures galore.

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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