Merry Christmas, everyone!
The kids were kind enough to wait until after 7 am before waking us up and then it was a frenzy of tearing paper and squeals of delight. I had the video camera set up on a tripod but didn't realize until halfway through that I had never turned it on. *sigh*
The kids got new Scooters from Santa. Karl's is electric, but Emma asked for a push one. She likes the big wheels, which apparently navigate the sidewalk cracks far better than her old scooter. Karl has already taken his for a spin several times, coming in only when he gets too cold and/or needs to re-charge the batteries.
ME: Why don't you guys do your very last clue?
KARL: The last one?! But December isn't over!
ME: It's a Countdown to Christmas, Karl. Today is Christmas.
KARL: Oh. Right.
I should interject to say that I wasn't sure if either of them remembered that the buttons that control the sound of the pump organ are called "stops", so I added in an additional clue in the form of actual organs. (heart, lungs, kidneys) It was a totally brilliant and completely unnecessary plan.
Oh, and I should also explain, if any of you are wondering, much like my sister was during our Face Time chat this morning, why Karl has the strings of his hoodie in his ears - they each received headphone-hoodies from their grandparents, with the headphones built-in.
KARL: . . .and in all other parts, Some clues were perfect, others were flops, For double your charity money, I pulled out all the stops! FINALLY, it's the ORGAN!
He went right over and opened it up. Not even the slightest hesitation.
EMMA: Wow! You solved that fast, Karl.
EMMA: Here you go! It's $50!
ME: Any amount will be appreciated by your charities. Well done.
And hey - at least Karl got the true spirit on his last day - he donated both dollars today to charity!
One last piece of business before I close the chapter on this fun 25-days of treasure-hunting.
Both kids helped make the dough, but when it came time to cut and bake them, Karl was too busy doing something else.
Emma rolled and cut most of them.
Now many have tried and failed to match the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of Mimi's peppernuts. I recall that she has tweaked the recipe when, say, she moves to a new elevation/climate or has to switch to a different brand of cream. Even the quality of the cookie sheet matters, as we discovered when our second batch, on the cheap sheet, was cooked unevenly and half were burnt.
In the end, though, other than one sheet of dog food (Lucy, following in the tradition of all family dogs before her, loves peppernuts) we absolutely SLAYED this experiment.
Our peppernuts are delicious, and if not quite as uniformly-shaped as Mimi's, have excellent flavor and texture!
Emma and I have shared fist bumps, chest bumps and a series of high 5's celebrating our accomplishment. We're thinking of having tee-shirts made! Heh.
And so the 25 Clues of Christmas 2011 comes to a close. It's been a joyous month of getting to know my kids even better and I can think of no better gift to myself! Bring on 2012!