Hayden said he didn't have germs. I said everybody has germs. "Boy's don't." "Who told you that?" "Johnny."
H. seems to be developing well in the formal manners department. That, and/or he's spontaneously thoughtful. When Uncle Grant left, he ran to the door and hollered, "Thanks for the snowman!" On one of our trips to the fruit room to get more decorations, he said, "You have nice Christmas stuff!"
When I unveiled a heavy box and Hayden and I slowly pushed it from the closet to the living room, it was a few more minutes before he realized it contained a train and his excitement grew. By the time we cranked it up, he said, "This is the BEST Christmas!" And in a few minutes, "I speak the next turn!", so I said he'd not be having a 'turn,' only grown-ups could run the train. He continued to be a tad too friendly for the train's health, so we had a 'talk' about its history and how the cousins have had to follow the rules too, and he's been totally fine since.
Jewel bought some kosher dill pickle halves. Hayden asked for one. After he ate it, he asked for another one and Jewel said at this rate she'd need to buy another jar for Christmas dinner. He cheerfully said as if he'd solved everything, "Just buy two!" (Holding up two fingers.)
After lunch and the snowman, Hazel and Hayden had cookies and 'lukewarm' chocolate. I handed Hazel a wipe when she was done and it dipped slightly into her cup. Hayden cautioned her not to use it now and I said it was okay. "It's poison." I said, "Who says!" ....you guessed it ... "Johnny."
Playing with He-Man figures and wanting arms reattached, I said he'd just take them off again. Passing the buck blame, he said, "My sisters took it off." (Meaning Hazel and Lucy.)
[FYI, Johnny's in the same scapegoat family as Hazel and Lucy.]
Jewel left the room for a moment and Johnny asked Hayden to get a certain gift from under the tree. He wasn't sure so I picked it up and handed it to him, as Jewel came in. So then she thought it was from me and Johnny said it was from Hayden. (J&J had "agreed" not to buy gifts for each other.) Hayden piped up, "It's not from me, I can't buy anything!"
Jewel made lots of yummy things for Christmas, and Hayden was impressed with the desserts - red velvet cupcakes and frosted sugar cookies. He said, giving her legs a hug, "Wow, Mom's amazing!" By now he was catching on that I was keeping this list and as I repeated it to make sure I got it right, he said in a stage-whisper, "... and you're not." (Made me laugh as well as fondly think back to Grant's lack of enthusiasm over my posterity note-taking habits.)
And lastly, it's a Christmas miracle!! Hayden asked me where Hazel and Lucy were going and I said to see your Grandpa Larry, the grandpa who gave you the rifle, remember the rifle? He said sadly, "The rifle broke," then cheerfully as he bounced off, "Maybe he'll give me a new gun!" And sure, enough, he did.