I love the holidays. It's one of the few times we all get together in the same place at the same time.
Most families grow with new babies but ours seems to grow with more dogs. Right now, I am sitting in the living room sharing the sofa with 2 dogs while 3 additional dogs lay at my feet. I haven't even mentioned the 3 cats that seem to only come out at night when all the puppies are passed out after several hours of wrestling, barking (lots of barking), drinking, eating and begging, only to be followed by more wrestling.
So far they have unwrapped 3 presents, knocked over the tree, ate my earbuds, put a hole in my duvet cover (while wrestling of course) and the youngest, smallest one has figured out how to get on my drawing table, even with the chair pushed in! So far I am missing a knead eraser, 2 pencils and I had to chase her for 10 minutes to get my white eraser back. I suppose I should google the toxicity of knead erasers, but it's been several hours and she seems no worse for wear.
Silver lining.....no one has mistaken the Christmas tree for a warmer, more convenient place to expel the gallons of water consumed. They get very thirsty after all that wrestling of course!
Oh, did I mention we are adding 20-30 people to the mix on Christmas eve?