It is the day before some of the children are supposed to arrive. The pre-cooking is done because there is no room left in the tiny freezers. Elaine wakes up late and finds Terry eating some of the banana bread that was made for company but opened because it is on the verge of being over cooked. (The recipe was wrong. It called for much more time than was needed.)
Terry wipes the crumbs from his lips and looks at Elaine as if he has been caught doing something he shouldn't. Elaine shrugs and slices off a piece for herself and then pours coffee. He remains in the dining room doing paper work and making a list of things to do on his day off.
Elaine is sitting in her big chair drinking coffee and watching him. She decides to clean up her "nest" around her on the chair so that it won't be messy when the kids come. After that, she goes to one of the spare rooms and removes her clothes from the closet and off the bed to take upstairs to her room. The clothes rarely make it upstairs when no one is expected to stay over because it is easier to hang the clothes up in the downstairs closet and dress there...oh well...
One of Terry's tasks is to take this basket upstairs and help me set up the pack and play for Eli. We do need to do a quick clean to get ready. He is off to town to make a deposit and buy things from the grocery store. Elaine is still in her pjs and watching Home and Family on TV.
Hallmark Christmas Movie Version:
Terry awakens and is surprised to see that Elaine has already risen and began her day. The smell of bacon and pancakes wafts through the air along with fresh brewed coffee.
Terry: Darling, what a lovely breakfast.
Elaine: Only the best for you, my love.
Terry: What are your plans for the day?
Elaine: Just taking the day to enjoy you on your day off. The elves have done all the cooking and cleaning so there is nothing pressing for us to do.
Terry: I'm so glad I hired them to serve you this holiday season.
Elaine: Me too.
Terry: It will be so good to see the children this week. I think they will be so glad to be here and we can play the days away.
Elaine: Merry Christmastime!!!