I run up the stairs in my house, taking them four at a time and thinking that this is the closest I’ve come to doing the splits in the last twenty-odd years. I skid to a stop just inside the bathroom doorway and glare down at the two dripping, soggy, crying children. I’d like to say that this evening is an exception, but truth be told, I don’t need to go to the gym because I can count on having to run the stairs at least 22 times before bedtime.
My husband asked me what I want for Christmas. And then he asked me four more times because he couldn’t hear my response over the cries from the child wrapped around my left leg. I don’t want much this year, just maybe 10 minutes of peace and quiet in which to hear myself think….or not think….maybe just stare. Yeah, staring sounds good.
Anyway, my husband, in all his infinite wisdom, decided that the best way he could give me some peace and quiet would be to give something to the kids that would hold their attention for a little bit. He hauled off with the ipad and girls in tow, and instructed me to “go and sit down somewhere and to stop bothering them…they were busy”.
Now I’m sitting up here in my bedroom with a glass of wine and a new book on my kindle and I’m really enjoying the peace and quiet. Of course I can’t help wondering what the rest of the family is up to. I can’t hear a single noise coming from downstairs. Last time they got this quiet, I later discovered that they’d shredded popcorn into one bazillion little pieces. So while I’m supposed to be relaxing, I can’t help but worry about what I’m going to find when I’m done.
Thoroughly discomfitted by the thought of hours of clean-up, I squirm in my seat. “Maybe I’ll just sneak down for a little peek,” I think as I set my kindle aside and tiptoe out of the bedroom and down the stair. I slowly open the living room door. No one turns to look at me. I step a bit further into the room, still no response. I finally step over to the couch and ask them what they are doing. “We’re watching Windy and Friends, stop bothering us,” my husband responds before turning back to the face the ipad.
He didn’t have to tell me twice.
In case you want to get some peace and quiet this holiday season, here’s the info on the Windy and Friends app. You probably grew up on the original book series, now out of print. The app brings the classic characters to life using stop motion graphics. This isn’t one of those videos where you can’t recognize anything from the original. It looks THE SAME! There are loads of little appisodes you can download and watch, including an upcoming Christmas bundle that has Charlie Brown’s Christmas (Classic!) and The Night Before Christmas (Classic!) in it too. Their website also has crafting activities to go along with the appisodes, just in case you’re into that sort of thing.
Because I’m awesome, and because Windy and Friends are awesome, I am going to give one of you lucky people some peace and quiet all for yourself. Enter below to WIN the Windy and Friends Holiday bundle, including a Windy E-Card PLUS an app bundle including Charlie Browns Christmas and Twas the Night Before Christmas. (Open US & canada, excluding quebec)
(Windy and Friends gave me a free download of the app so that my kids could test drive it. They approve. I do too.)