Mine.  That’s how I started the day.  There were presents everywhere at our family Christmas party!  All. Mine.  They must be.  Lyla was certainly mistaken as she crawled over to one and began clawing at it with a mess of sticky fingers and drool.  It seemed perfectly natural to tackle her at this moment.  Perhaps it wasn’t the most thought out move in my life.  What followed was screaming, blinking, angry eyes, a boring story about being nice and sharing, and a few minutes to “think” and hit the “reset button”.   Reset button?  Seriously???   They think I fall for that. 

During my thoughtful minutes in exile, I started thinking about some life lessons and tricks I’ve learned.  So here’s my gift to you all:  a list.  (Momma would be so proud with the list thing!). 

Making lists...

Making lists…

  1.  Life is meant to be shared.  You should share all your stuff with me.
  2. The best way to get your point across is to suddenly act as though you have no bones.  Just fall to the ground.
  3. “Come here” means “Run the other way”…and most of the time “No” means “Yes- do it more”.
  4. If I didn’t think of it, it probably isn’t a good idea.
  5. People in the house smaller than you make the best toys.  And despite what I keep hearing…I’m pretty sure eyes do grow back.  
  6. All buttons on all things are meant to be pushed.  Repeatedly. 
  7. When you learn a new trick or new word, to avoid becoming a sideshow, promptly forget said knowledge when asked to perform.  Instead, blankly stare.  Better yet, drop to the floor and pretend to be a puppy. 
  8. The best time to talk is when Momma or Daddy begin talking.  Otherwise, wait.  When the angry eyes come out, put your pointer finger to your mouth and pretend to be thinking, as though saying, “hmmm…I wonder.”  
  9. There isn’t any worry that a love from Momma or Daddy can’t make better. 
  10. When you get caught doing something and are asked, “What are you doing???”… copy with the same question, “What are you doing???”  Throws them every time.  You’re mocking them, but they think you’re copying them, the highest form of flattery.  Follow with a devastatingly cute, toothy grin.  
  11. Watching the people you love smile because of something you do makes you feel like a superhero.  Wait.  It makes you a superhero. 

Merry Christmas everyone!   The next time I write it will be a new year, full of new adventures, new celebrations, new pictures and lots of love!   

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