Monday, December 22, 2008

Decking the Halls and Tra La La

I thought there may be time for one last post before the holidays are among us. Our own invasion starts this evening with the first arrivals as everyone decided it would be best to celebrate the holidays at our home this year. Everyone, that is, but me. I don't actually remember being consulted.

But in the spirit of things, we've been very busy getting the house ready. At the very least, it has motivated us to get a lot of work done that otherwise may have taken a few more months to get around to. Things such as finishing the painting of the sitting and dining rooms, painting the kitchen and all the windows and doors (and there are a lot and they are big!) in kitchen and dining room, making curtains for several rooms, organising the garage (okay, this may not have been necessary in the grand scheme of entertaining people, but it needed to be done).... the list continues and to be quite honest, I'm a bit tired. Ouf!

We did finally find time in all the dust and paint cloths to do some decorating and so our tree is up and lights that hubby bought last year for the tree are hanging outside on the veranda where they should be (funnily enough, he bought the wrong kind of garlands for the tree last year... not terribly surprising). Not overly decorated, but just enough for us I think. There are still a few last minutes touches I have to add, but most of the decorating is done. Or so I had thought.

Apparently though my thought process wasn't shared with my 2 year old who, I can only imagine, had decorating plans of his own. I had put him down for a nap and was quite happy that he seemed to be sleeping. Naptime isn't always successful with him and no noise coming from upstairs is generally a good sign that he's asleep.

I promise you all that I'm not a negligent parent and I do check in on and watch my children. But this one's very clever. And sneaky. And knows how to get around mummy's vigilent watch. Some how he had managed to get out of his room without making any noise and instead of coming downstairs and turning himself in as he usually would, he very slyly stayed upstairs. I remained in my ignorant mummy bliss until my middle child went upstairs and I suddenly heard cries of "Mummy! Léopold's out of bed and covered in white stuff!"

The kind of words that no mother wants to hear.

I ran upstairs and was greeted by a very flowery smelling and greasy toddler indeed covered in "white stuff." But what was it?

A quick search of the rooms revealed a slimy but empty pot of foot cream and Léopold's own addition of the holiday decorating. I have chosen to believe he was constributing to the holiday ambiance and attempting to create the snowy window look. At the very least, it helped me to smile while scrubbing through many layers of congealed moisturizer.

Joyeux Noël she said with a smile!

13 comments:

Star of the East said...

Your little ones sure keep you busy and running :)
Guests are ALWAYS the best excuse to fix your home lOL :)

ingermaaike said...

Hehehe smart little guy, playing tricks on you like that..But at least he goes through the day well moisturised.
I should be preparing for the invasion too, but prefer reading blogs and messing on etsy..

glasfaden said...

Kids can make us cry and laugh at the same time, don't they? Leopold is an adventurous & creative boy ;)

ArtMind said...

Maybe you just forgot to decorate the bathroom? He's just Santa's little helper! :)

Jennifer Rose said...

lol >.< he could have got it all over the curtains or ate it lol

Jamie said...

haha it definetly looks like he was helping in the decorating. I hope you have a wonderful holiday!!

Cupcake said...

I love your little decorating angels efforts. It is kind of hard to be mad when you know they were trying so hard to make you happy :-)

Merry Christmas!!!

Kreativlink said...

Ah.. no invasion here this year! Hehee.. Leopold is great, I really love his style of going around mummy :)

aliceinparis said...

lol, that reminded me of a time when my wee daughter got into a jar of vaseline and some lipstick! Luckily she was just in the bathroom.It took FOREVER to get the vaseline off her body. She was covered in glistening beads of water. I wish I had taken a picture.
Ah the joys of parenting.Hope the rest of your holidays go smoothly.
Cheers, Shelagh

Swirlyarts said...

Oh no!! At least it was something that could come off fairly easily!!

BellWookie said...

I snigger, snort in pure enjoyment at his antics. And knock on wood that my 4 year old doesn't get any harebrained ideas in his fiendish mind.

creationsbyeve said...

lol!Kids always find new uses of things!!!!Merry Christmas!

Tiff said...

LOL oh no!!! I have Crayon all over my office window. It's a festive Green! Merry Christmas!