When A and I went to bed Sunday night, we checked on the girls as usual and found them all sleeping together. It was too sweet. I hope they love each other as adults, too. A looked at them and whispered, "Remind me why we're going to move and give them their own bedrooms?"
L asked for and received a computer typing program for Christmas. She's been watching me type and lamenting that she cannot type as fast. She will not accept reassurances that I didn't start taking typing classes until 5th grade and wasn't very good until high school. Because we don't count typing practice as screen time, she learned the entire home row in one day and has moved on to e and i. E showed a bit of interest and is learning as well.
A has taken the rest of his 2012 vacation time during these past weeks so that he could be home with the girls and I could go to work. He had to go to work yesterday, so I was alone with the kids for the first time in almost two weeks. It was kind of bizarre, but we figured it out. After the Y, we bought a few saucer sleds to complement our current collection and tested them on a nearby hill. We were alone on the hill for over an hour before a few more people came. The snow had been so packed down that it was like sledding on ice; the girls were whipping down the hill.
It was good packing snow, so E and L built a freaky snowman with a shrunken head when we got home. C and I had hot chocolate and started watching Enchanted. A and I are friendless losers, so we watched The Artist (interesting, but not best picture quality) after dinner and I fell asleep by 10:30. The high point was when I recreated the cheese plate from one of our favorite restaurants. And I don't mean that sarcastically at all - the cheese plate is AMAZING and I think about it a lot. I was nearly giddy at how well I did. (The trick was finding dried figs. They make all the difference.)
Our kids have never asked to stay up till midnight on NYE. I don't know if they even know that it's A Thing To Do. I might suggest it next year, but on the other hand, it's nice to have a lazy family holiday today with well-rested and cheerful children.