Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Buon Natale!

So, I'm feeling pretty good about Christmas this year. I'm finally done with all of my shopping after a last minute trip to the mall yesterday that ended with Mia and I taking an uneventful ride down the escalator while Jack screamed hysterically at the top by himself, too scared to step on. I mistakenly assumed that at four-and-a-half-years-old and with numerous practice trips up and down escalators across the greater Cleveland area under his belt that he'd be ready to ride down without a death grip on my hand. I was wrong. Thankfully one of my fellow shoppers (obviously a super mom in disguise) scooped his 53 pound butt up and carried him down to safety. Merry Christmas Super Mom, here's five Percocets for your trouble. Trust me, you'll need it after hauling Jack down a flight of moving stairs.

Anyways, now all I've got left to do is wrap presents and wait for the inevitable Christmas plague to manifest. You know, the one that leaves your kids glassy eyed and infected just moments before you leave for church on Christmas Eve. Can't. Wait.

But tonight everyone is in bed and I've taken the night off which translates into me watching my favorite Christmas movie of all time, Love Actually, and eating caramel Hershey Kisses. I'm sure you remember why we're all out of Twizzlers.

In just under 48 hours my children will be completely delirious from lack of sleep and over-stimulation, and I'll most likely be administering twice daily doses of Ammoxacillin while threatening to take all their presents back. But until then, I've got this to get me through:

And yes, it's in Italian. (For the record, at the end he says: Enough. Enough now.) I couldn't find an English version that would allow embedding, so...Buon Natale dear friends. And remember, it's not Christmas unless you're half-wishing some adorable guy would come to your door with poster sized flash cards to save you from eating yet another tub of candy cane ice cream. XOXO

53 comments:

Melissa said...

Ohhhh Love Actually. I adore this film, but everyone I seem to meet in Utah hates it! For some reason...everything sounds better in Italian. And French. I'll take it haha :)

Tamika: said...

Merry Christmas Ladies!

Kimberly Franklin said...

I've never seen this movie, but so many seem to love it. I think I'm going to have to check it out!

Merry Christmas!

Corey Schwartz said...

Oh, at least you didn't try to run up the escalator like my mom (when Jordan stayed at the top) and then trip and gash your leg open and have to go to the ER for stitches!

Loretta Nyhan said...

Ah, Love, Actually. Colin Firth is so dreamy, no?

And what is it about escalators? I fell down one at age five in the Sears store at our local mall. I remember people grabbing at my clothes on the way down...

Simon C. Larter said...

Merry Christmas, ladies! Here's hoping the antibiotics are unnecessary and the Twizzler supply unending for the next week or two.

Kerri C at CK Farm said...

Adventures with escalators, I know how that is! Better spike that egg nog! Better yet get more twizzlers. I found they are great with Strawberry wine ;)

Cheers everyone!

A. Grey said...

I've never seen Love Actually. Now I'll have to.

Yeah, escalators... I HATE them... even though Im pretty good at getting on them in stilettos...

I was never scared as a child I think because it never occurred to me that they could be dangerous. Then when I was sevenish I fell on a treadmill and my hair got wrapped around one of the belt wheels (my hair was down passed my ass) and I was almost scalped (thank bananas for older cousins in shining armor who pull plugs out of the wall and save the screaming ninnies). After that I'd get right on a treadmill but I was afraid of escalators. Go figure.

And then I saw a Rescue 911 show (does anyone else remember that show?) where a two year old got the hood of his sweatshirt stuck in the stairs of the escalator...

Alright, now that I've blathered over escalators I'll just say congrats on the shopping, have fun with the wrapping, and good luck with the plague! :D

Jill Wheeler said...

Yayyyy! Merry Christmas! I'm totally going to watch Love, Actually today!

Karen said...

Love Actually is one of my favorites! Although, I can't watch the Laura Linney or Alan Rickman plot lines without screaming at them.

Southern Princess said...

Love this movie. It and THE HOLIDAY are two of my favorite contemporary Christmas-Love-Story movies!

Buon Natale

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

I LOVE caramel hershey kisses, but can't find them anywhere here anymore. That makes me so sad!

Merry Christmas to y'all, too!

storyqueen said...

Love Actually is my favorite present wrapping movie. I put it on, closed the door to mommie's workshop (bedroom) and leisurely wrap, taking the entire length of the movie to get it done.

My favorite scene? The race through the airport!

Shelley

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

I LOVE Love Actually. I think I've seen it 50 times. Such a great movie, especially at Christmas. Hope you have a wonderful holiday!
Click for my holiday message!

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

I love that movie!!! And omg escalators for some reason used to show up a lot in my dreams--I was never capable of going up or down them-so bizarre. I can handle them fine though in real life.

confused homemaker said...

Everything does sound better in Italian, it's a fact. And Merry Christmas or Buon Natale to you ladies too!

Lisa Marie said...

Oh how I adore "Love Actually"... that darling little boy who learns to play the drums and his widower stepfather... Ugh tears stream down my face throughout the whole thing!

Jill Kemerer said...

What a great plan! Can I skip cleaning and wrapping presents?? I'll watch Love Actually, too!

Have a very Merry Christmas!

Dara said...

I've never seen Love Actually either, but I keep hearing good things about it, so I guess that means I need to get it off Netflix now.

Merry Christmas!

Kristy said...

I used to love to ride the escalators as a kid, now I get all cautious about approaching the first step, and a little anxious about the last...

Ian said...

Ok I have a question, not a comment. How in the heck do you keep up with all these comments? lol I have to ask...and since I asked so nicely I know I'll get a response...I hope ;)

Ian

Erica said...

Enjoy your fun night! Love Actually is a good one :o) Merry Christmas!

Patti said...

Love Actually seems to be a theme this year. I must go rent the movie again. Merry Christmas.

Anissa said...

Merry Christmas, ladies! May the snot run clear, and coughs be mild. ;)

Seriously, have an awesome holiday. I hear Santa's sleigh is lined with Twizzlers this year.

Christina Lee said...

Taht damn escalator is one of my worst fears--thanks goodness for kind people! I have to see Love Actually already!! Have a Merry Christmas!!!

Tere Kirkland said...

Cute movie. I love Emma Thompson.

Stop by my blog for a little Christmas present for the two of you to share. No fighting, now! ;)

Jemi Fraser said...

My youngest had an escalator incident involving stitches when he was about 2. Lots of fun!

As they get older, the need for Amoxicillin or its variants decreases for some unknown reason. Hopefully you're penicillin free this year. Good luck and all the best for the happiest of holidays :)

Natalie said...

Ah, great scene! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and I hope your kids are less crazy and sick than usual!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

You crack me up! Buon Natale, dears!!

And bless your heart for enduring the escalator fiasco! Fun times, motherhood. BTW, I LOVE Love Actually. Awesome movie.

Happy Holidays!

Nisa said...

Haha! Fortunately, I can't get candy can ice cream here. Unfortunately, it just means I'm eating mint chocolate chip instead.

Merry Christmas to you and your families! (And good luck!)

Krispy said...

Love Actually is the perfect holiday movie for getting the warm fuzzies. :)

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Shannon Messenger said...

Ah, Love Actually. *Sighs* Sorry--what was I saying? I was too busy thinking about Hugh Grant dancing around to the pointer sisters.

Oh right-great post (as always) and hope your kids stay warm and healthy this year. :)

Donna Gambale said...

I LOVE that movie. That scene breaks my heart every time. Its happy/sad awesomeness just gets me. And then I watch THE HOLIDAY. Merry Christmas!!!!

Rebecca Knight said...

"Christ-mas is all around me, and now the feeling grooows!" (That movie is awesome.)

Merry Christmas, you guys! :D I've loved getting to know you this year, too. You are the best, and yours is one of my top Must Read blogs on a daily basis :). Love and peace during the crazy holidays!

Sara ♥ said...

ALL I have to say:

WATCH ME

Bethany Wiggins said...

Merry Christmas, sweet sisters!

Icy Roses said...

Way to go. You just amped yourself up on my coolness scale by saying Love Actually is your favorite Christmas movie.

Because it's mine too. <3

Merry Christmas!

sunna said...

That's one of my three Required Holiday Movies. The other two are a little less good-natured. I may need to watch that tonight.

Happy Holidays/Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hanukkah/Yule, ladies. :-)

A. Grey said...

BTW I've spilled the beans on my GIANT secret in a post over on my blog... :)

Sarah said...

I used to be very anti-Love Actually, but I recently rewatched it and I liked it a lot more. Even though there are like 16 different storylines, I always feel like there's something missing. Or someone missing.
Oh, fine! I know, Johnny doesn't feel like he needs to add a Christmas romedy (romantic + comedy) to his resume, but it would be sooo perfect, you know?

*sigh*

Also, you need more Twizzlers. They're red and Christmas-y!

PS: Escalators scare me a little still. Tell Jack he's not alone.

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Happy holidays too! And, lol, poor Jack. Glad there was a mom there to save him!
And, hm, haven't heard of Love Actually, but it seems interesting. All I got was Kiera Knightly and heartbreak, so I might have to check it out sometime (especially with all these positive comments!).

Kim said...

WHY is it that kids get crazy sick right at the major holidays?!? I swear mine get sick every Thanksgiving or Christmas too!

Oh, and promise us you'll share what you get from hubby for Christmas this year. I can't wait to find out what gem he's picked out this year. :)

ElanaJ said...

I don't think I've seen this movie. How is that possible?

Either way, I still need to locate all the presents stashed around my house and wrap them. Less than 48 hours you say?

Crap.

Melissa said...

I haven't seen Love Actually. Sounds great, so I must rent it this weekend. Have a Merry Christmas!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Sorry - I'm a little late in my rounds today, but you know I'd never miss a dose of L & L! I've never seen Love Actually - maybe it's time. :)

Stephanie Thornton said...

Love Actually is a great one! I'm going to catch an episode of The Tudors, drink some wine, and eat chocolate pretzels.

Tomorrow night I'm assembling a 134 piece pyramid that the directions claim will take 2 1/2 hours. I'm thinking it might take longer.

Jeannie Lin said...

Great scene and a great movie! Happy holidays Lisa & Laura!

Dominique said...

Love Actually. Fantastic.

Daisy Whitney said...

This is my Christmas movie too! Hubby and I are watching it tomorrow night!

Conda V. Douglas said...

Ahh, the joys of the season! Merry Christmas!

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

I have something on my blog for you:-)
http://frankiediane.blogspot.com/2009/12/my-first-vlog-and-awards.html

jessjordan said...

oh my god i LOVE love actually. and that scene always makes me cry--quite possibly one of the best told unrequited love stories, at least on film. sigh ...

happy holidays!

Joanna said...

I love, LOVE that movie!

Merry Christmas, Girls!!