Wednesday, November 28, 2012

It's almost that time!

We are starting our Advent Activity Calendar.  I am not one of those crazy moms that hide the elf and make them do crazy things, but I thought about it.  Then I looked at my kids and decided that they probably wouldn't get the idea and came up with a compromise.  The oldest (W) has decided he doesn't believe in Santa, but the only reason he can come up with is because he saw me leave to go out shopping close to Christmas.  So, I have tried to keep the magic alive by not telling him that he's right, I just explained that I buy things for people...and mark them from Santa because that is my way of giving them a gift.  Grandma is the best example...she hates receiving hates from us, so we either mark it from Santa or from the kids and it allows us to shower her with the presents she wants, but won't ask for.  :)
Anywho...last year, we had that cool tree that I made...with envelopes.

The boys loved the idea and the activities that we did.  We had so many photos afterwards, we made a book on Shutterfly with each day as a page.  It took a lot to plan, but it was well worth it to see the excitement and anticipation on the faces of the boys as they opened the envelope each day to see what was coming up next.  I wanted to continue to tradition, but I thought I wanted to get into the whole "elf" thing.  Then I started looking up the all of the work that I would have to do with the darn elf and, like I said, I really didn't think that my kids would buy the elf.  So, I sewed a Christmas Creeper...yes, from Minecraft.  My oldest is really into it and I wanted to sew him one anyways, so I figured I'd incorporate it into the whole Advent deal.  Now, the Christmas Creeper will report back to Santa on how well they play together and handle the new activities that require some teamwork, patience, and donations.   I showed it to the little kids today and I told them it was a secret for W.  Of course, they were blabbing away about it after dinner, asking where did it go and such.  I explained that he went to a dark place to talk to Santa.  Hehehehe...I'm such a sneaky mommy.  I've laid the first seed into their tiny toddler brains.   My plan is simple really...have the Christmas Creeper hold the Advent Activity for the day.  He might hide from the kids...but he's definitely not an elf and he won't be causing mischief on a shelf.  I guess I need to research Creepers...do they talk?  Would they eat Santa?  Maybe I didn't think this through as much as I hoped.  Oh well, it will definitely make it interesting and that's my goal.  

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Now that we're past that...

I have so much to do.  I have to plan our meals for the next few weeks, do the shopping, get some Christmas shopping done, create the Advent Calendar, get the Lego one for W, bake, and clean, not to mention the every day things.  Plus, there are kids everywhere!  I'm going to use my stand by mantra: One thing at a time!
First things first, I must work on the Advent Calendar to get the activities worked out.
Next, menu planning and shopping, which involves a lot of couponing and comparing.
Shopping for Christmas will follow.
Baking will be done with the kids during the Advent Calendar.
And everything else will get fit in my schedule as necessary.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

If you don't like it..Take 2/3

Seriously folks.  I totally understand that things in the business world are not black and white - meaning that not all businesses (or business models) are created the same.  But to blame someone else for your business failing and just throw in the towel (or to fire people) because you don't want to make it work makes YOU the problem.   Millions of people are succeeding.  It's not a perfect world, that is perfectly clear.  And I totally get that businesses will fail.   But they will fail under any economy (Democrats or Republicans in charge).  STOP BLAMING OTHER PEOPLE FOR THINGS!  GO OVER IT!  YOU ARE ULTIMATELY IN CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE!  In the words of Tim Gunn - "MAKE IT WORK!!".


Also, if you are feeling down, please stop posting it on Facebook.  Go out, get some sunshine, look at the world around you.  See the colors in nature, listen to the children laughing (or screaming), pet a dog/cat, eat some chocolate (not a lot, but just a little), have a beer, or watch a funny video - whatever it takes (legally please).  I'm not saying that people shouldn't be sad or depressed.  Nor am I saying that these things will work right away.  But you have to make an effort.  Either by refusing to stay down and letting the world trample on you, doing one of the things I mentioned above, or by getting professional help, YOU are in charge.  I see far too many people whining about being sad and not wanting to go on...and I think that it's silly.  I get sad.  I cry.  I get mad.  I scream.  I get down on myself.  It's a vicious cycle.  But, there is a big giant world out there and I have a life to lead - if not for me, for my family.  Yes, bad things happen to good people.  Babies are lost, friends/family get sick, jobs are lost, and so many other things that go wrong every day.  I am sad for all of them (believe me, I probably cry at least once a day).  Even the things that happen in our family.  But...they happen.  They are ALWAYS going to happen.  It's a good bet that cancer will not be cured in my lifetime.  It's a good bet that miscarriages will continue to happen.  It's a good bet that people will lose their lives in a senseless way.  I am not naive, ok, maybe just a little and maybe that helps me get through each day.  Please...please...please, if you truly thinking of ending your life, talk to someone.  If you are sad, talk to someone.  Just stop posting it on Facebook.  Message me and I will talk to you and give you plenty of reasons that you should be happy...one being that you don't have 4 year old twin boys who feed off each other.  :)  I will share the adventures that I live through and I'm sure some of the things I have said in the past 4 years will surely get a laugh from you.  Life is what you make it...enjoy your creation.  :)




Wednesday, November 7, 2012

If you don't like it...

I've about had it.  If you don't like it, fix it.  It your first attempt didn't work, then maybe it wasn't what God intended.  Or maybe it was.  Maybe the intent was for you to try something else.  If your "fix" includes whining, get over it.  As a mom of 3 boys, I do not have time for whining.  I spend most of my day "fixing" what is wrong - whether it is wiping a butt (or two), cleaning up toys, laundry, negotiating, or snuggling.  If I don't like it, I have no recourse...well, I could run away, but that's not really a solution now is it.

And while we're on the subject, where does it say that we all have to share the same opinions, views, and/or beliefs?  Is there really 1 thing we can agree on?  No.

Move on.  Look forward to the future.  If you don't like it, change it.

This is not really up for debate.  This is how I live.  Compared to some, I have had a remarkably easy life, but it certainly hasn't been without it's share of difficulty.  I make it what it is.  I don't always agree with what is going on around me or even have a say in it, but I adapt and overcome.  Call it avoidance or ignorance, I just don't let it get to me.  I have enough to deal with every day and over dramatizing it doesn't help anyone.