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Christmas Memories 07

Well… I’m a little late on the posting of Christmas memories for this year but here it is.

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Christmas Eve we attended our Candlelight Service at our church.  Moo Moo and Wrinkles went to Christmas Eve services with my parents because they don’t do the candle-lighting.   We think it’s better to play it safe on this issue and error on the side of caution when it comes to our children and fire.  Moo Moo is really intrigued with fire right now and church just didn’t seem like a good place to continue to try to teach him about fire… that is best left for times when I can be patient with him and not worry about everything else going on around me.  When we all arrived back home we opened one present each.  (This is a new tradition at our house, every year we will open a present of a new set of pajamas.)  Then it was time to get the boys to bed.  Wrinkles went down with ease but Moo Moo was full of anticipation and it was quite a challenge to get him laid down for the night.  Then Sweetie and Buddy called and wanted to know if they could come over that night rather than in the morning.  Sure!  This is what I had originally wanted anyway but their mom didn’t know what time they would be home so she thought it would be better to wait until Christmas morning.  Dearest Husband went to go get them while I showered, etc. 

Christmas morning everyone slept in until 9:30 a.m.  Mark that down… I’m sure it won’t happen that way again for several years. LOL!  We opened presents here with the kids and everyone started putting together and playing with their newest items. 

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Then we headed off to the in-laws.  I love them dearly but I get stressed out when we go there (anytime, not just Chrismas).  They have a very small house and by the time we get 11 people there, it’s just too causerphobic for me.  On top of that DH’s step father doesn’t believe in child-proofing at all, so there are way too many things for my children to get in to that they are not supposed to be.  But I manage and things went well.  We opened presents, ate a huge lunch and then parted so I could have my space and remove my children from constant “no’s”.  Wrinkles lived up to his nickname when he decided to lick his plate clean.  It was cute and provided lots of entertainment for the family.  I think everyone managed to get some pictures of this which I’m sure will haunt him for the rest of his life.

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Finally it was time for our last Christmas gathering.  My family.  This, for me, is not as bad as getting together with DH’s family but still not what I consider “fun.”  We began with an early supper which I opted out of due to huge lunch mentioned earlier.  Then we opened presents and the children were kept well entertained with their new toys and such. 

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Then… the sulkiness began from Sweetie… but that’s for a different post at a different time.  Let’s just say we’ll see what happens but things are going to change in this area.

Overall Christmas was a lot of fun and we have lots of good memories along with lots of pictures. 

December 29, 2007 at 11:10 am Leave a comment

Thankful Thursday- Christmas Innocence

This year I anticipated a battle over Christmas presents with Moo Moo.  At 3 1/2 years I truly thought he would be into all the wrapped presents under the tree and really impatient about waiting to open them.  However, I thought that this was an important lesson for him to learn- that waiting is part of the fun of Christmas (as well as other times). 

Three weeks ago I began wrapping presents and placing them under the tree.  While I was wrapping the first of the presents he was there by my side helping as usual.  All of a sudden he broke into full tears and said “I want pwesents for Cwismas.”  It was pure innocence right there in front of me.  As much as I wanted to laugh, I held it back and explained to him that he would get presents too.  I tried to be the empathic mother who understood this innocence and explained it in a way that he would understand. 

In that time he has only picked up the presents a handful of times and only began to unwrap two of them. Instead he just looks at them with anticipation, waiting for the day he can open them.  We have been doing a countdown to assist him in knowing how much longer he has to wait and it is a good teaching tool for learning his numbers (which has been a struggle).  I have been very impressed that when he gets up in the mornings (usually before me) that he doesn’t explore what the wrapped packages have to offer before coming to our room. 

So today I am thankful for the innocence of a three year old and the Christmas spirit that is growing inside of him.  He is so looking forward to Christmas this year and I am sure that it will be lots of fun for all of us.  I am also thankful that it hasn’t been the struggle that I had anticipated and has instead been a teaching tool.

December 20, 2007 at 11:35 pm Leave a comment

Coming very soon to my house….

HIGH SPEED INTERNET!!  That’s right, I’m coming out of the dark ages and entering the new world of high speed.  This of course is coming to me via satellite due to living out in the middle of no-where.  The phone company hasn’t seen the need to replace the old copper lines with the new fiber optic lines so this is the only way for us to get high speed internet.  I’m told that satellite is not as fast as a regular (?) broadband connection but hey, anything has to be better than connecting at the lightening fast speed of……

are you ready…..

don’t laugh…… 

24 Kbps.  Yep that right folks.  That is the fastest we can connect- another aspect of country living is being far away from the nearest telephone sub station to even dial up at a decent speed. 

I won’t have to worry about it after Friday though.  Instead I will sit here patiently and wait for them to come and install my satellite sometime between 1 and 5 p.m.  Thanks for the exact time.  Err.  Oh well… I can deal with that in order to enjoy some of the things that have been impossible for me to even play with like YouTube, music downloads, online games, and even some of the funny emails people send me would take literally days for me to be able to read. 

I’m SO excited!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

The reason we finally decided to do it is because with me going back to college the slow internet has really been driving me crazy!  DH works crazy hours in the winter time and so going to a real, in person class will be almost impossible so I will be taking all my classes this coming semester online.  The only way I can do that is if we bite the bullet and pay a little extra for our internet.

December 18, 2007 at 10:05 pm 1 comment

Laundry… the not so simple task for me.

Today has been filled with those tasks I hate to do, mainly laundry.  Laundry is my worst enemy.  I don’t mind the washing it but putting it away is the part that I hate the most.  If I wasn’t so obsessive about it maybe it wouldn’t be so bad but I have to hang the shirts as soon as the dryer quits running or else they may get wrinkles in them.  Then they are hung in the closet immediately and sorted by nice clothes and everyday clothes and finally sorted by color.  Folding isn’t such a big deal but then I must find the room to put the clothes in their respective drawers.  Here again my compulsiveness comes out as they must be organized in the drawer according to when they were worn last, if they are “favorites” or not,  colors, stains, etc.  I no longer have to sort socks except for the kiddos’.  DH and I pin our socks with a safety pin before laundering.  Otherwise it would take me forever to sort socks as I try to match according to wear on the socks.  I still do this with the kids but it is less work than doing everyone’s.  DH purposely pins his socks backwards just to annoy me, but I’ve learned to cope with it instead of re-pinning them so that they fold correctly. 

The laundry is now caught up and all put away… for a week hopefully. 

This is just a glimpse into how I manage to make seeminly simple tasks into a big ordeal. 

December 17, 2007 at 4:37 pm Leave a comment

My Manic Monday

On black Friday dearest husband, my sister-in-law, and I arrived at Toys R Us at 2a.m. to wait in line for a Nintendo Wii for my nephew.  We were fourth in line and after 5 hours of sitting in the cold we learned that they had not received any.  We continued with a few other shopping stops to get in on the early morning deals and then had breakfast. 

Last Thursday I received word from someone in one of my classes that Game Stop would be getting Wiis in today.  Dearest Husband stayed home with the children and my sister-in-law and I met at Game Stop at 5a.m.  We waited there for 4 long hours only to hear the news that their expected shipment did not come in.  When will it arrive?  They don’t know… sometime this week… just check back everyday.  ERR!!!  I decided to drive across the street to Wal-Mart and wait for their shipment time to see if they got any.  2 1/2 hours later… no Wiis.  At this point I just want to scream. 

Sister in law and I have decided to take alternating days for the rest of the week to wait at both locations to see if we can get our hands on a Wii.  This is the only thing that my nephew wants for Christmas.  I already have one so you may be asking yourself, “Why are you doing this?”.  Well for me it’s about family.  I have other things I could/should be doing with the numerous hours I have waited in line for a Wii to no avail but if the table were turned and I wanted a Wii my SIL would be more than willing to come and sit with me so that I wouldn’t have to be there by myself.  This is the way our relationship works.  Even if it may not be convenient we try as much as possible to do all that we can for each other. 

So here’s to hoping that a Nintendo Wii comes our way soon.

No… I will not buy one online and pay double or more of the MSRP.  Sorry- it’s not worth that and as much as I love my nephew, he can wait until after the Christmas rush is over.

December 10, 2007 at 6:11 pm 1 comment

Thankful Thursday- Caught up on assignments

Today I am thankful that I am finally all caught up to date on all my assignments for the end of the semester.  I only have two assignments left for both of my classes- one assignment for each class.  While both of the assignments are pretty major for my final grade, I am feeling confident that I will do well this semester in both classes.  My Composition class I expect to do pretty well in I haven’t missed any assignments, classes, or anything so I think that should be a good grade.  My Business class is a little different story.  I have missed one assignment, I  struggled with the content of the class and that showed especially I the first couple of tests, and I clashed with the professor on a couple of different things.  So while I am expecting to do decent in the class I am not expecting to do real well.  I am so glad that there is a break coming up and that the business class is finally over.   I am thankful for a semester almost completed (a first for me) and that I am prepared for the end.

December 7, 2007 at 12:07 am 1 comment

Time is flying by me…

Wow!  I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve posted anything here.  Things are going better than last report.  I seem to have managed to get over the latest depression bump and am doing considerably well considering the upcoming holidays and the last minute crunch of fall semester.  Now that things are slowing down a bit hopefully I will be able to post more regularly.

I can’t believe this semester is almost over.  It went SO fast.  Honestly I will be kind of sad to see it end as I have really enjoyed my in person class.  It’s the first time in a long time that I have stepped out of my comfort zone and done well with it.  While I can’t say as though I’ve actually made any friends- I haven’t sat all alone keeping to myself either.  This is a major feat in and of itself for me.  Usually I’m the quiet one in the corner, minding my own business, not talking to anyone- but that wasn’t the case this time.  I’ve managed to have quite a few conversations with people I normally would not have and for me this is something to be celebrated! I enjoyed the professor too.  We share a lot of the same parenting methods and she has been a source of inspiration, ideas, and a good person to bounce things off of regarding parenting.  This was totally unexpected and something that I will miss.  On the other hand… I have one last test in my online class to complete sometime within the next week.  I will be very relieved when that is all over and done.  I did not enjoy that class or the so called professor who was supposed to be supervising it.  It’s really a longer story that maybe I will post some other time. 

Thanksgiving went well except for the sickness that once again invaded our home the following weekend.  Oh well… hopefully we should be over everything for the year by now and be well for Christmas and New Years.  We’ve been busy shopping to get all of the holiday buying done.  This year we will not be shopping the weekend before Christmas- I refuse to do so!  We saw Santa at the mall last week.  This is something I really struggle with for Moo Moo right now but also thinking ahead to when Wrinkles gets it.  I don’t know what to tell them about Santa.  On one hand I’m not a fan of lying to my children but on the other side is not depriving them of a fun, lovable Christmas memory.  At the very least we got a decent picture of the two boys with Santa which was more than I was expecting.

So I must go and finish my last assignments for the semester but I will be posting more frequently now!

December 4, 2007 at 11:13 pm Leave a comment