year-old Alexia last night. We watched Mama Mia and she danced all through it. Afterwards I read her two stories - she collapsed into sleep at 9:30 and slept until the same this morning when our lab Sammie licked her in the face.
We made cookies after breakfast. These are Snickerdoodles with sprinkles. We waited until Mommy could come because Snickerdoodles require cream of tarter and someone's grandmother ran out.
It's so hard to wait until cookies cool. All that work to form the cookies into exact balls, roll the balls in sugar, smoosh into sprinkles - and then, sigh. Wait. They passed the test - phew. Grandmother skills were on the line.
Papa put up the tree and we began to get out the Christmas boxes. We have a small collection of Woof n'Poofs - Christmas stuffed characters, mostly Santas. They're handmade in Chico. Lex is straightening out Santa's mohair beard. She got them all out and then carefully wound all their music boxes.
We've given into Alexia's enthu-
siastic and artistic directions. Why not - isn't this about kids? And we have a little help from the first floor, though it's not clear where center is. We have an open house on Christmas Eve. I asked Ian if we should fix this but he likes the Lexie Shrine.
Checked and approved by the artistic director.