More Magical Moments

Wow, last week was just chock full of wonderful things. Some of these items really don't belong in my 'Tis the Season posts, but rather in my love list section. Oh wait, I never really followed through on that, did I? Hmmm... do I hear a New Year's resolution bubbling? Maybe time to institute a new "Gratitudes" category? I've really enjoyed looking for these moments this season, and am so inspired by Janet's weekly posts, that I can't imagine letting it go now. Hmmm... I guess only time will tell. In the meantime, some moments of goodwill and merriment:

The big news here, that is completely unrelated to the holidays, is that we have finally found our groove with school. (Full post coming soon) YAY! Talk about a wonderful holiday gift!!!

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'Tis the Season for gifts, expected and unexpected. But there is nothing sweeter than finding a box of handmade, gourmet chocolates in my mailbox from our financial adviser. It was such an unexpected treat, that thinking about it alone can make me smile.

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I love all the sweet comments I've received, both online and in person, about the gift tags I designed. Each and every one has given me a dose of the warm fuzzies. If you don't follow my other blog, you can find them here. {Freebies! Fun!}

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Last week, Spencer and I went to cut down our Christmas tree (Doug wasn't able to join us unfortunately). After about twenty minutes of trying to juggle Spencer and the camera and choose a tree, a woman who worked there took pity on us. After asking us several questions to determine what we were looking for, she took us to the top five trees she thought we would like. It was a personal tour of her favorites, and it was perfect. Once we picked our tree, she had the guys cut it and bale it while I went to pay. (Paying requires driving up to the front house) I was both tickled and surprised when I came out and found them standing there with my tree next to my car. Normally, you have to return to the back to get it tied on. It wasn't about time, it was about the effort they saved me. And out tree is just right. I think about the kindness we were shown every time I look at it.

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This photo makes me smile. It's one of the few I got at the tree farm:

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Spencer's still talking about how Santa came to "his" zoo. I think we'll be talking about this for a while now... but the best part is the small, shy, sweet smile of joy that always precedes his "yessss" when asked "did you have fun?!"

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Our local mall has a series of those "ride-on" cars. You know the ones where you pay $.75 and they bounce around for a little bit? While Spencer doesn't always get to make them go, he always gets to sit and play on them. Today, I think his whole week was made when the maintenance man came in while we were playing on them. He told Spencer he needed an assistant, and then asked if he was up for the job. Not only did Spencer get to hold the tools, he got to test drive every . single . car . Pure joy radiated from Spencer for the rest of the trip.

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We had some business to take care of in the "large municipality" next to our town. [Technically, it is a city... but that makes me laugh cause it's not like we are talking about Boston here.] But, we were parked on a busy street, where the parking is on the left side, so Spencer's side was actually "facing" traffic (as opposed to the sidewalk). I was peeking out from the front of the car with Spencer in my arms, waiting for a break in the seemingly never-ending traffic, looking for an opening to get to Spencer's seat and strap him in. A man in a jeep slowed, then came to a complete stop next to my passenger doors. I indicated that I needed to get Spencer in and wasn't looking to cross with arm gestures. He smiled and nodded and indicated for me to go ahead. He was providing a barrier for me to safely strap my child in the car without having to worry. As I walked to the car door, I spied a car seat in his backseat. He gets it. And he patiently waited for me to get in my seat as well, before smiling and waving as he drove off. (Now the part of me that watches too many SVU episodes had that slight moment of hesitation, but Doug was with us, and he wasn't crowding us... there was plenty of room between the cars. I'm pretty sure he was blocking one and a half lanes of traffic.) I was so moved by that. In this day and age people always seem so rushed and distracted... especially at this time of year... that things like this stand out even more. Now, the woman behind him basically spent the whole time honking, and then gunned her engine as soon as she could... just to make her point. I hope she gets coal.

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Our normal bedtime routine calls for "Twinkle, Twinkle" to be sung before lights out. A few days ago, Spencer requested the "Santa Song" instead. So for the past several nights, we've had a couple of renditions of "Here Comes Santa Claus" before heading off to sleepyland. It's incredible sweet. I truly hope neither of us forget the magic that Santa has brought to our house this year.

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And speaking of Santa, we went to see him... again. Per Spencer's request, of course. But really, how could I say no to this?!

Just another visit with Santa...