Too much candy and excitement, so no one was tired.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
With hopes that no one noticed liza didn't have one there.
Once the girls were nestled all snug in their beds;
We knew it wouldn't be long 'til laney was in ours instead;
I was in my jammies with a baby on my lap,
And had just settled down with presents to wrap.
When out in the den there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the couch to see what was the matter.
Away to his workspace I flew like a flash,
Moved aside the boxes and stepped over the trash.
The number of pieces laid out on the floor,
Was surely more than jeffrey had bargained for.
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But an instruction manual that filled my heart with fear.
With numbers and letters and lots of graphics
I knew in a moment this wouldn't be quick.
More rapid than eagles his curses they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them some names:
"It's broken! It's backwards! It doesn't make sense!
It's cracked! It's peeling! Money we shouldn't have spent!
To the pile of trash! to the dumpster it goes!
Why anyone would want this, I'LL never know!"
As I left the room leaving him behind,
I started praying that maybe he might change his mind;
So upstairs i went to get ready for bed
Hoping that he'd finish just like he said.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard a voice say,
"It's finished and all ready for play."
I climbed out of bed and made my way down the stairs,
Still very uncertain of what i'd find there.
Every little room, he completed them all;
The rooms were all furnished and perfectly neat,
And he was exhausted from working, for it was no easy feat.
The kitchen, the bedrooms, the parlor, the nursery !
Bathtubs, cradles, beds, and even a potty!
He swore he'd never build another house on Christmas Eve,
And he was so convincing, i surely believed.
The box promised it would be a majestic mansion
But they left out the part about marital tension;
It took up a large chunk of the room
But it wouldn't be moving, not anytime soon.
We surveyed the mansion in all of it's glory
And I laughed thinking we'd have quite the story;
The night of the never-ending mansion nightmare
But he finally finished and his work was all done,
We went to sleep knowing that "santa" had come.
Before dozing off into dreamland,
He promised he'd never build a mansion again.
But when morning came and the excitement did too
He changed his mind, like all good daddies do.
And i heard him exclaim as they started to play
"i'd do it again if they asked.....just not today"