Friday, December 21, 2007

wrapping Christmas presents with a toddler

  1. Gather what presents you can find. Nevermind the ones whose hiding places are forgotten. They'll still be giood next year...
  2. Find a pair of scissors sharp enough to cut paper, find tape, and dig out wrapping paper.
  3. Select a gift to wrap.
  4. Remind the toddler to stop hitting herself in the head with the roll of wrapping paper.
  5. Place gift on paper.
  6. Retrieve scissors from toddler.
  7. Cut paper to size.
  8. Unwrap toddler from the tape cocoon she is now in.
  9. Tape up gift.
  10. Retrieve scissors from toddler.
  11. Remove toddler from the middle of the sheet of wrapping paper.
  12. Place another gift on the paper.
  13. Retrieve scissors from toddler.
  14. Cut paper.
  15. Peel tape off the toddler's forehead.
  16. Tape first edge of box.
  17. Pry toddler's hands off gift.
  18. Ignore the temper tantrum.
  19. Remind toddler that she will be able to open the gift in just three more days.
  20. Peel tape off toddler's chest.
  21. Tape up gift.
  22. Look for gift tags under the cushions of the couch, under the couch, in the bags. Find gift tags taped to toddler's belly.
  23. Put tags on gifts.
  24. Look for marker to write on gift tags. Find marker in toddler's hands. Go get the wet wipes, soap, washcloth, etc. Clean toddler.
  25. Write names on gifts... if you can remember what was in each package!
  26. Admire your handiwork for 3 seconds and lament that they're not nearly so nice as they used to be when you didn't have help in wrapping!

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