15 November 2010

Tis the season ... ready or not.

Lil enjoys a holiday treat - Mommy begins tracking recently purchased holiday gift receipts in an envelope in her overstuffed bag (and... does partake of a iced soy chai for sustenance).

We purchase Pride and Prejudice for teen (school thing), a birthday club book for kindergartner (another school thing), a "Night Before Thanksgiving Book" for preschooler (he is learning to write his name and currently likes rhyming books and has been feeling left out of big bro's whirlwind lately, so ....), AND... a few little Christmas trinkets, strategically placed near cash register for Lil (thanks, Borders - sigh - at least the reindeer and the "goggy" can play together ;-).

We admire an artificial Christmas tree (yes, it really is sparkly and purple) and head to Whole Foods where we partake of their Monday special on rotisserie chicken and get some veggies (that included some loose sugar snap peas and limes thrown into Lil's basket) AND stock up on organic vanilla milk for packed lunches this week.

Mommy pauses by the clementines, making a mental note to buy some later and .... getting a little teary remembering Christmas with Mom and Dad in Luxembourg.

We head to school to pick up preschooler, and... pause by the golden leaves literally completely covering the front lawn of the school and remember that those same leaves - same bright gold - littered the ground when the 14 year old was only 5 (sniff and tears again remembering a photo taken by the cemetery gate - when the now big teenager wore an off-white sweater with pom poms and had curly, unruly hair to her waist).

Smile and move on as little Lil - the last of our wee ones - hands Mommy one of these beautiful leaves.

No insights today.... all vapid observations... because as you know... I am NOT truly "back" (wink wink).....


Facie said...

I actually bought a few gifts, some ornaments per sis-in-law's exchange suggestion. It feels good to be halfway done (with people anyway).

I would love that purple tree!

jennaseverythingblog said...

That is one crazy Christmas tree! Purple!!?? That's a first . . . =)