Anna June may not know what it's called, but when she gets a little bored or restless, I show her pictures in Pinterest on my phone. I've started a Christmas list for her there, and it's very helpful, since she's pre-literate, for her to look at the pictures and say, "Oooh, I've always wanted that!"
The trouble is, of course, that the list keeps growing each day.
I tried showing her a picture of kid stocking stuffers recommended by World Market last night during an "I'm-tired-and-won't-eat-dinner" moment. I didn't get past the first item. When I explained what a whoopie cushion was, AJ knew that she had to have one.
She immediately came home and cleaned the kitchen while I laid down to rest (this no nap thing has taken a real toll on me). I hope St. Nick was watching: she even swept! She was so sweet and the kitchen really did look much better when she was finished clearing away some of the daily stuff that gets dumped on our kitchen table and island.
It reminds me of one of my favorite childhood Yuletide poems. "Jest 'fore Christmas," where the little boy, William, recounts his usual antics but explains that immediately prior to Christmas, he is as good as he can be.
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