The Allure of Simple Gifts & Fun
Well, my kids are still enjoying their "big" gifts--Delaney is loving her Designers World game and her Pixter, McKenna still loves her DVD player, and Sydney's getting a lot of use out of her Dora cash register (and need we forget the Polly Pocket DVD that I truly believe she has watched 50 times since Christmas Day? LOL)
But . . . there's just something about a simple toy that sometimes makes them even happier. Delaney and Sydney each got a little bottle of bubbles and who could imagine that a dollar gift could make them so happy?
I snapped these photos of them outside playing with the bubbles. Just had to share . . .
(Also--see the purple Bama hat on Delaney's head? She has hardly taken it off since Christmas! Another smaller gift--from her Aunt Angel--that she absolutely loves! Sometimes it's fun to see what they end up loving the most!)
And speaking of simple gifts and joys . . . there is nothing I enjoy more about the holiday season than all of the good food! On New Year's Day, we enjoyed a wonderful Southern soul food meal filled with things like black eyed peas, greens, and barbecue ribs. And we had a yummy punch bowl cake and I made a chocolate trifle that was TO DIE FOR if I do say so myself! In fact, throughout this entire Christmas break, I have eaten WAY TOO much food--I'm afraid that I've gained a couple of pounds and need to take it much easier now.
So while I was thinking of how good I was going to be, look at what Gary had to bring home from work today as an after-Christmas gift from his boss . . .
These are the best chocolate truffles around--straight from France, no less! (And this comes after I ate an enitire package of Lindor chocolate--my favorite chocolates!) Please, Lord, keep the temptation away! LOL (The only good thing here is that Gary likes these too, so he'll help by eating some of them!)
In fact, as soon as I finish posting this I'm going to grab one or two of those truffles and pull out my new Maeve Binchy novel. Now, that sounds like a simply lovely way to spend a little bit of time before bed!
The joy of simple things . . . things that don't really involve a lot of money . . . sometimes things that are completely free . . . those are the things that really make life joyful and full of laughter and love!
Enjoy some of that today!