Can I blame it on the turkey?

by Janice

The presents are opened, new toys are scattered all over the house, we are feasting on leftovers – and I am so sleepy I keep sneaking off to my bedroom for naps.

I suppose my exhaustion isn’t just because I keep stuffing my tummy full of turkey and pumpkin pie, but because of the craziness of the Christmas rush. (And I went to bed at 5am on Christmas Eve!) Now that the chaos has died down, I just can’t seem to get moving again.

I desperately need to tackle sorting toys and finding new homes for all the new ones. And I need to get to work dealing with the 2,000 flagged and unread emails waiting for me!

But before I go get to work, let me entertain you with a quick story about Jackson and Olivia:

It was time for Olivia’s nap, and I was settling her down with a gentle rock in the rocking chair in her room. Jackson came in and asked if he could rock her.

Just as I settled Olivia in his arms, the phone rang. Jackson is quite responsible with Olivia and so I figured I could trust him to hold her while I ran and grabbed the phone.

“Jackson – you sit very still with Olivia. I will be right back.” And I ran and grabbed the phone. While I went, I could hear him gently cooing at her, but I still hurried back. As I made my way up the stairs, I heard Olivia start to cry.

“That is ok Jackson,”
I said as I came back into Olivia’s room, “She is just tired. I will take her now.”

“She just started to fuss.” Jackson explained. But then, after a moment, he looked at me. “Actually,” he confessed, “It was because I licked her head.”

“Jackson,” I sighed, “Why would you do that?!? You know better than that. Why do you do something when you know it is wrong?”

“I was baptizing her,” he answered.

“Jackson,” I reprimanded him, “That is not how we baptize!”

“Well,” Jackson calmly replied, “I didn’t have any water, so I used my saliva.”

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1 Anne December 27, 2007 at 9:24 pm

Oh, goodness! Even with 7 children, I still got to bed earlier than you (well, 2:30 a.m., but still…). How adorable for Jackson to want to baptize his baby sister! So sweet.


2 Rose December 27, 2007 at 9:57 pm

Lol! Their creativity is so cute… even when it causes trouble. :) Last week Claire decided she wanted to “share” her sun glasses with the cat.


3 jen December 27, 2007 at 10:09 pm

awwwwwwwwwwww LOL how special Jackson is with her


4 Jenna December 27, 2007 at 10:11 pm

That’s hilarious! What kids won’t think of. I say take a break for a while, then sort toys. We should lounge around in PJ’s for at least 3 days.


5 Nana December 27, 2007 at 10:58 pm

Ohmigosh!! That was precious!


6 Heather December 27, 2007 at 11:50 pm

LOL! Now that’s a first, I have never heard of baptizing by licking of the head, too cute. :)


7 donetta December 28, 2007 at 12:01 am

Called baptism by spit.


8 Kristin December 28, 2007 at 3:54 am

That is too cute! What a good brother she has.


9 Mamacheryl December 28, 2007 at 8:25 am

So cute and funny. Almost spit out my coffee on to the top of my baby’s head as she lies in my arms. Baptism by coffee.


10 Beth December 28, 2007 at 8:48 am

That is so cute!!


11 liz December 28, 2007 at 9:21 am

I have to say it is quite the task to try and get me to even crack a smile at 8:30 a.m. but I actually laughed out loud.. that was absolutely adorable!


12 Stephanie December 28, 2007 at 9:24 am

Kids are just too cute. Why can’t we all be that witty & adorable?!


13 Hyperactive Lu December 28, 2007 at 10:18 am

So cute!


14 Karen December 28, 2007 at 12:34 pm

Funny stuff. Now, I’ve got to get back to my cleaning.


15 Bailey's Leaf December 28, 2007 at 2:40 pm

Pastor in the making? Oh my, that is so funny!


16 Angela December 28, 2007 at 5:16 pm

That is the cutest story! Made perfect sense to him.


17 Jennifer (Saving $$$ !) December 28, 2007 at 5:21 pm

TOO cute!


18 QuietMom December 28, 2007 at 10:37 pm

Oh how I wish I was a fly on the wall at both your houses! How wonderful!


19 Audra Marie December 29, 2007 at 11:32 am

That is priceless! :)


20 Shera - A Frog In My Soup December 29, 2007 at 8:17 pm

I had to comment to say how much I enjoyed reading this one! Anything that inspires a giggle is a good read!


21 Twisted Cinderella December 29, 2007 at 9:14 pm

bwahahaha! that is too cute!


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