Some of you have asked about the fire and whether anyone was hurt. Unfortunately, the family dog was killed. But, there was no one home at the time. The fire started as a result of a cigarette in the garage. With three adults and 4 kids living there, the community has come to the rescue providing clothes, food, shelter and Christmas gifts and even a new dog.
On to the things I've learned...
1) Never let a 2 year old lick the beaters of a Red Velvet cake two hours before bedtime. She refused to go to sleep for two hours and even then, it was a battle.
2) Christmas isn't Christmas without watching a Charlie Brown Christmas.
3) When a two year old comes running to you and says, "Look Momo!" and then sticks her hands down her pants and says, "Look poop!" and has it all over her hands, I'm learning to stay calm and breathe deeply.
4) I learned that not getting a job offer is very disappointing. I learned though, that finding something to make me smile makes the disappointment a bit easier to handle.
5) I have Wii avoidance issues. I'm so worried that when I step on the balance board my Mii is going to look like an oompa loompa.
6) Firemen and firewomen are truly heroes.
7) Kids wish lists when I was a kid were so much simpler. I remember wanting a jump rope, a pretend telephone, a Nancy Nurse doll and an etch a sketch. Oh, and pick up sticks! Kids toys now are so expensive. Baby Boo wants a kitchen...sung to the tune of $165.00.
8) It's only at Christmas time that I crave tamales.....not just any tamales but the ones that my neighbor who passed away used to make. I wish that I had gotten her recipe. There is no other tamale like hers.
9) I had no idea what a snowbird was until I moved here to the Coachella Valley. The town I live in is hustling with activity and there are license plates from people everywhere. I don't blame them...we're still in shorts and capris right now. And, we're bringing out the bbq grills.
10) Son in Boo is Christmas songs challenged. He honestly (bless his heart) thought that it was a "partridge in a cherry tree".
What have you learned?