Monday, December 31, 2012

Been hard at work...then it stops

I have so many plans for the new year.  I would love to get fit, get organized, and get happy.  Those are my 3 major goals for the year.  And since I have registered for The Hero Rush (http://www.herorush.org) in Annapolis in May, getting fit isn't really an option.  Getting organized has already started.  Waiting on some stuff to arrive and also trying to figure out what to do with some of the stuff we already have.  :)  The hardest one is getting happy.  I spend far too much time worrying about everyone else's happiness that I forget to have fun.  It's a very frustrating cycle, but I am determined to break it this year.
So to close out the year, we are going to try some more fun stuff to get the kids involved with each other.  The little boys have no problems with dealing with each other.  Well, I should clarify that they mostly talk to each other (read: scream, fight, argue, and wrestle), with the occasional melt down.  Their older brother needs to be more patient with them, remembering that they are only 4 (going on 5).  I find it funny that he doesn't recall what it's like to be 4...or doesn't allow them to do things because they are 4. It's really funny at times and other times, it drives me up a wall because he doesn't cut them any slack.  Maybe he'll figure out soon, maybe not.  Either way, I am not happy with his behavior.  I have yet to get a Thank You for his Christmas gifts.  Ugh.

On a positive note, we are going to try to celebrate the Old Year by counting down to the New Year.

I can't remember what activities I put in the balloons...maybe I should put increase memory on my resolutions list.  LOL! Also, being patient and relaxed.

Monday, December 24, 2012

I'm DONE!

This statement works on so many levels.  I am done wrapping presents.  I am done prepping food.  I am done cleaning the house.  I am done with kids that don't listen.  I am done doing everything.  I am done dealing with these kids and housework.  Any way you look at it, I am done.  I want to curl up in my bed and sleep through Christmas.  I am happy to report that I did not buy a single thing for my mom this year.  However, I did make the hand print tiles for her bathroom, coasters that the kids painted, sugar scrub for her feet, and a scarf.  I have plans to make her a wallet, but if I am too tired, I'll just do it later.  I did make a lot for my sister too, but she did get a couple things that were purchased.  Plus, I gave some stuff to the kids.  I am entirely done.  I just need to throw the pork shoulder into the crockpot before I crash and the rest can be heated up.  I just realized that I don't have any lettuce for sandwiches.  Oh well.  I have lots of fruit, vegetables, meat, breads and salads.  Our family will eat well tomorrow.  :)  My plan is to just relax tomorrow.  I did my job..I'm sure someone will find fault with something, but I am going to let it roll off of my back and smile.  I'll take notes for next year and hope to just make everything better.  That's all I can do.

Merry Christmas Everyone!  Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Eve Eve

Today, I officially finished everything except wrapping.  That will happen tonight.  Well, that's a lie.  I have one more thing that I want to make for my mom, but I do not have to leave the house for the next 3 days.  I have tea, food, gifts, and groceries to last for the next 2 weeks.  :)  Aside from wrapping (and 1 more sewing project), all I have to do cook dinner tomorrow and make some food on Christmas AM (really really early). I even started buying stuff for next years teacher gifts for the kids.  Hopefully I won't "put them somewhere so I don't lose them" and lose them.  The kids are in rare form.  I am hoping that my little talks about being happy with whatever you get will work and there won't be any tears.  An update...the Advent Calendar was a huge bust.  We did about 85% of the activities (plus some extra), but I've just been winging it.  We did do the links, chocolate Advent, and the Santa beard ones pretty regularly.


I've started journaling in my planner.  My goal is to write/draw something there and write something here everyday.  I need to get into the habit of it.  I will keep doing what I can to get more organized too.  My brain is slowly slipping away from me...and really all I want is to go to sleep before midnight.  I'm hoping that I'll get to do that on Christmas Eve.  Who knows.  If I can get everything wrapped tonight, it just happen (Shaaa and monkeys might fly out of my butt).  LOL!  Seriously folk!  I am on a  mission to make holidays easy and stress free.  I am going to do it or get committed trying.  

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

And we're moving...we're looking...

Sometimes I feel like I am going through life, watching and not really participating.  This is how I have felt for the past few weeks although it seems like I am getting things done.  It's been kind of crazy around here.  I have been making crafts like crazy, planning gifts and food, helping with as much as I can and I just haven't slowed down to actually enjoy it.  Every time I feel like I get caught up, I look around and realize that I so far behind that I have to stay up late a couple nights to get me back to breathing.  We haven't really been doing our Advent Calendar in any particular order.  I have learned a valuable lesson for next year.  Write it all down and let the kids hold me to the activities.  We have been doing 2-3 activities a night for the last 2-3 days just to get back to that day's activity.  Really, it's crazy.  


And that creeper isn't helping.  The kids are bored with it.  LOL!  Next year, we're going back to the tree and envelope method so it's all done ahead of time.  W doesn't even seem to care and the boys are interested in the chocolate Advent calendar instead of the activity one.

On a positive note, we mailed our Soldier cards, along with all of our Christmas cards (and Thank you cards), visited our neighbors and delivered cookies, finished a craft for Grandma, bought and delivered Toys For Tots, made our Teacher cards and gifts, and collected for Anna's House (we'll deliver on the weekend).  The rest of the week brings a craft, a candy house, a delivery for the Animal Shelter and Lauren's Luggage.  Plus, we are heading "down south" for a visit to Grandma's house and a sea glass search with some friends.

On top of the normal chores (you know those...dishes, laundry, shopping, and feeding/cleaning children), I am pretty much drained.  Oh...and I forgot, making class gifts/cards and shopping/crafting for the family.  There isn't enough time in the day - without having to chase/watch/entertain children, that is.

One day, I will be caught up and the house will be cleaned, organized, and in order.  Today is not that day.  :)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Wow! As if things weren't nutty enough around here...

Our Advent Calendar started and it's a scene.  I remember being so much more organized last year.  This year it seems I am just flying by the seat of my pants!  I think it's because last year, all of the activities were written out and ready to go.  This year, I just haven't had the time to do it.  I guess that will be on my list for the day.  

Anywho, Day 1 was a crazy mess and, to top it all off, W had a flippin' tantrum about the whole "going out" thing.  I was about to cry.  I spend so much time doing things so that the kids will enjoy it and then they don't and I don't know what to do.  I sewed a flippin' Minecraft creeper for the love of God, just so it would be something for him to enjoy.  



I guess I was wrong.  Next year, I'm not going to do anything.  Ok, I say that and I know full well I am going to do something.  But I am not going to go crazy.  I need to just relax.  I've noticed that when I have things to do, they really don't care that I have things to do and just want me to do something else.  That is what makes me crazy.  I just need to schedule things when they aren't here or when they are asleep so I can just do what I want.  Otherwise, I am at their beck and call and will never get anything done.  But, again, I digress.  
So, on Day 1, we made a plate for Santa's cookies and took a trip to the Jarrettsville VFC Train Garden.  Really, it sounded like a great plan...until the kids got involved.  But, all in all, it was a good day - only 2 tantrums per child and a couple of stinky pants.  



Oh..and an extra kid.  :)  L was along for the ride.  Which is cool because the little boys love him!

Day 2 - Seriously, it's not that hard.  The plan was simple.  Really simple.  Decorate the house.  Hubby even went to get a tree.  Well, I let W have a little creative control and I ended up having move things around.  Then he got mad because I had to move things around which resulted in another tantrum.  Then the boys wanted to rearrange every ornament on the tree.  It's a wonder why I haven't been committed yet.  However, it got done and the tree looks fabulous.  And I have a few pictures of my butt and boobs, thanks to hubby.  




Day 3 - This is the first day that W had school during the Advent Calendar.  And I paid for that with a lot of "When are doing our Advent, Mommy?" questions throughout the day.  Luckily, they went to school too, so I did have a short break (and I got my shopping done without too much hassle).  Day 3 was to write a letter to Santa.  I did as much coaxing as I could and managed to get 3 letters done.  And we made a tree that the boys could touch.  



And for the record, yes, someone is always without pants in our house.  

Day 4 is today.  And it's the first one with a donation.  I am absolutely horrified about how this is going to go.  I do not want to bribe my kids with toys just so we can donate a couple of toys.  I even got a Groupon so we could spend some extra...we'll have to see.