And grandparents that like to have their grandsons around :D
While the boys whooped it up with Grampa (shooting the .22 at spinach cans, apparently) and Gramma (playing games and watching videos), I sniffed and sneezed my way through eight (eight, I tell ya!) stores, checking items off my list. Although I was feeling very pathetic last night, I actually had more energy today than I had dared to hope. The grace of God, my friends.
Okay, here's a little "Grasshopper Family" story. You know how families have code words? Well, we had tambourine. If one of them would ask me what I got Gramma for Christmas? A tambourine! Uncle Dave? A tambourine! And, no, we don't come from a long line of gypsies, but c'mon... we all know how well kids keep secrets.
Thankfully, those days have (mostly?) passed. But just in case one of my boys would actually read my blog (doubtful, but possible), I'm telling you my good news in code.
I was looking for, among other things, a very specific tambourine that one of my little grasshoppers is pining for. And, to my shock and dismay, struck out at the first SIX stores. (Really? Can it be that popular?) But finally, at store number seven, a roaming vendor pitching new windows (hello, we remodeled the whole house just five years ago, and our windows are fine, thank you very much... or thag you very buch), found me that tambourine! There were only two left. Apparently it's a "limited edition".
But, even better, I had a great gift idea for all three boys. (A tambourine!) I'll tell ya after Christmas. Anyway, I was prepared to spend up to $20 each. But - ta daaaa - found just what I wanted (okay, a little smaller than I wanted, but really fine), on sale for $5 each.
And, I got home with enough of the afternoon left to get most of the tambourines wrapped and under the tree. I'm not done, but there's light at the end of the tunnel ;D