Wednesday, December 10, 2008

My lazy version of the annual Christmas card.

So I haven't yet reached that place in my life where I'm so organized and cutsie that I send out a yearly Christmas card--not even one with just the family picture and a "Happy Holidays!" tacked on. I do enjoy the cards and letters my mother gets from old friends and extended family, often with creative updates on each family member. So today I started thinking about what my family Christmas card might say as of this very morning. And so I begin my haphazard off-the-top-of-my-head Broughton family update.

Charming: Very neat and tidy. He not only can't study without his "office" being clean, but he threatens a coronary every time he sees that the neighbor kids have walked through "our nice fresh snow" and left tracks right through the center of the yard! An amazing fix-it-guy, he took apart our entire electric wheat grinder, carefully dusted the caked on flour from it's bowels, fixed whatever had stopped it from turning on, and put it all back together like it was new--all within about a 20 minute period. Does the dishes every night. Continually promises to read Twilight but won't give a deadline. Brings Megs roses just because he loves her.

Megs: Needs something to read. Just finished The Hunger Games at the recommendation of Stephenie Meyer and is still seriously confused by her love/hate relationship with it. Why did the author have to drop that bomb in the last chapter? Why did nobody mention that it was the first book in a trilogy, the next book of which will not be out for a year? Started a local book club just to find more books to read--their still aren't enough. Lives in complete terror of, and still fluttering with excitement thinking of the moment when she discovers she's pregnant.

Buttercup: Drama, drama, drama. Is three too soon for a girl to get her period? Because Buttercup is very PMSy. Weeps in gushes like her heart will break when told that she cannot watch The Berenstein Bear's Christmas Tree for a fourth time this morning. Sobs if her little sister looks at her like she might be thinking mean thoughts. Constantly planning her wedding to "Cornelius" from Thumbelina, from her dress all the way down to what will be served at the reception (Princess gummy snacks anyone?). Has recently been scarred for life when her mother told her she could no longer ask "But WHY?" every thirty seconds about every detail on our blessed green earth.

Lou Lou: Has built a summer home in her time-out corner. Might as well be comfortable when you spend half your life there... Completely knocked over the sacred Broughton family Christmas tree this morning, squishing it's fake branches into odd shapes and leaving half the ornaments on the floor. Thinks she's a "kitty-cat" and meows when being rescued from her crib after naptime. Can speak very clearly, but often uses a high-pitched "eeeeeeeeee" to ask for pretzels and the like. Prefers a dolphin to a teddybear at bedtime.

This was just a glimpse--not an overview of our lives and personalities. I love them all so much. And apparently, despite it all, they love me too!

7 comments:

Katie said...

So glad to hear someone else is in the time-out corner constantly. Oh and I just got Adam to read Twilight, he hated it. He can't stand Bella, but at least we can talk about it now!

Belle said...

Possibly your best post yet. I feel the same way charming does about the yard though. Remember when we had little kids living in our basement? It would drive me NUTS when they played in the backyard. EVERYTHING was ruined! I had to play in the snow in someone else's yard....

jaction said...

Hilarious. I love reading updates on your life.

Jayni said...

By the way, I don't like leaving comments as "Belle", so I am back...

Heidi and Matt said...

Ha! I love it! You are such a great mom, meg. Can't wait to hear you are pg again, even though it is so hard, who knows, maybe a boy would be a breeze????? Can dream anyway! Your girls are precious too. I love them!

Kiersten said...

This was adorable ; ) Such a clever glimpse into what is obviously a fun and happy family.

heidikins said...

Ooooh, I am hoping to get Hunger Games for Christmas....so I skipped that paragraph. But I'm SO EXCITED to read it!

Also, Merry Christmas.

xox