Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas Eve!

Whew! I'm super tired. I still have a few presents to wrap but I've got The Christmas Story on 24 hour loop and I'm pretty sure I'm mostly ready.

This has been a really fun holiday season because the boys are at such great ages. Big Kid 100% believes in, and enjoys, the magic and little kid is all about socializing and singing and clapping and shiny things. I'm really excited about tomorrow and a little sad the season is coming to an end already.

Tonight we went to a candlelit church service on the beach. It was pretty awesome to be laying there during sunset, wearing capris and a t-shirt, listening to the church choir sing One Love by Bob Marley, watching the palm trees silhouetted against the orange sky. Big Kid was wowed by the candlelight portion of the service, as I always am, and it was neat to see his sweet happy face, lit by candlelight, swaying to Christmas carols being played with a steel drum, while little kid alternated between sitting and clapping or racing down the aisles of chairs in order to socialize with neighbors.

Then we pigged out at Buca DiBeppo and afterwards drove around a local neighborhood that is famous for their outlandish decorations. Wouldn't you know that we lucked out and saw Santa? We threw the car in reverse, rolled down the window, chatted him up for a minute, and are now officially able to cross him off our to do list. I'm not such a bad mom after all.

Now Mr. Ashley and I are setting the stage for tomorrow morning's magic. I'm so excited to see their faces! However, I'm also super tired and a little drunk and a little over wrapping. I'm also a little over the the raging party my neighbors are having. It sounds like a rave, only in Spanish. They're lucky I'm in a Feliz Navidad kind of mood, because I usually have a very low tolerance for music so loud it shakes my windows.

I'd better get back to it, or the kids will wake up to find me passed out amongst piles of wrapping paper and unwrapped gifts. If I don't "talk" to you tomorrow, have a very Merry Christmas!!

6 comments:

clemsongirlandthecoach said...

Merry Christmas! Hope you got a ton of happy!

:)

Cake said...

Your Eve almost exactly like mine except for:

"Tonight we went to a candlelit church service on the beach. It was pretty awesome to be laying there during sunset, wearing capris and a t-shirt, listening to the church choir sing One Love by Bob Marley, watching the palm trees silhouetted against the orange sky. "

As if I didn't seeth with jealousy before... BOB MARLEY AT CHURCH ON A BEACH????? Clearly, I live in the wrong state. *sigh* That sounds so great. If they play Buffett at Easter, I will have no choice but to relocate.

P.S. DH loved the Too Timid gifts, it's going to be a Merry Christmas indeed! ;) Thanks!

Sasha said...

Sounds like the Ashley family had a great holiday! Ours was so crazy and busy I'm beyond exhaused, and a little jealous of the whole drunk thing you're talking about. If I had time before I crashed tonight, I'd so get drunk, but I don't think I can stay awake long enough.

Deb said...

Yeah, that's totally what my Christmas Eve was like. Not.

Traci said...

Merry (late) Christmas to you! And a Happy New Year..

I definately think your resolution should be to POST MORE BLOGS..


gees..

I'm sitting here at work with nothing to do but work and do you care, NOOOOOO..
I read the same damn blog for the last 4 days..

CM said...

Hey Ashley! I love your blog and read it daily! I was wondering if you would post ideas for Bento lunches, how you put you Bentos together and if you have any tips that would make putting them together faster. Also, places you buy your Bento accessories! Thanks!