We're officially in the holiday spirit around here. Tree is UP!
I stole a holiday tradition from Abby and told the kids we could sleep around the tree the first night. I ran to the store for cookies for the elves and I returned to find Mai had made our big family bed and assigned sleeping spots
I wracked and wracked my brain to remember where ChiChi came from, but Mai does most of her own "aminal" shopping these days, and I really had no idea where she picked him up... so I gave up. Many hours later, I knew I needed to re-do the grocery shopping that was interrupted earlier in the day, so I hurried over to Winco under the pressure of the great winter storm warning we were having. The store was packed and crowded and grumpy with people not wanting to get stuck at home with no provisions. I was whipping through the aisles, bumping into people, pushing the rude entire aisle takers forward with my cart when out of the corner of my eye I spotted an entire shelf stuffed full of bug eyed stuffed animals. Gray and pink, gray and pink, pig after elephant after pig. They somehow looked familiar and I realized THIS WAS THE STORE!!! Like a crazy woman on Black Friday, I frantically started pulling those little buggers off the shelf until I found at the very back corner, one lone brown chihuahua. Holy Christmas Miracle of Miracles!!!! I am Mighty Mouse ~~~ HERE I COME TO SAVE THE DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I could barely hold in my excitement all evening, until finally I asked Mai to bring me ChiChi's remains so we could try to fix her. In our house, the elves come every night with a little treat as soon as the Christmas tree goes up, so as I held ChiChi in my hand, I told Mai, "I just don't think I have the talent to save her. Wait a minute, Mai!!! The elves! The elves! They are master toy craftsmen, I bet if you left ChiChi and a note to them by your stocking, THEY could fix her up."
Mai's eyes lit up and she got to writing.
Can you fix ChiChi?
Off to bed she went, and off to work I went...
Good as new. Or in this case...Brand New!
Mai woke up before me to find ChiChi in pristine condition. When I arose, I found this:
Can you fix Max?
I love you