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Winter Break Starts When???

This past Saturday we had rehearsal for the Christmas pageant, followed by a birthday party for a friend of Kate’s who has a December 26th birthday. At some point, I realized that I hadn’t ordered our picture Christmas cards yet so I frantically searched for a “virtual coupon” that would cut enough off of the price that I would feel less guilty  paying extra for the “rush shipping.” We hurried home so I could get the girls asleep before my sister came over to be there while I ran to the airport to pick up Cooper and my husband who had taken a boys’ trip to Tennessee to visit family. We got home at ten.

The next morning we were up bright and early for the Christmas pageant. Between the early arrival and costume donning, followed by dropping off our obligatory edible contribution to the “Pageant Party,” and the obligatory … Read More

Elf on the Shelf Emergency, Status: MIA

 

Cover of "Elf on the Shelf"

Cover of Elf on the Shelf

 

The first day of the Advent,
The first day of December.
Our Elf should be arriving
But I can’t seem to remember

Where in this house I stuffed him
Over eleven long months ago.
But the kids did not forget,
Looking high and low.

I hid him somewhere very safe
I knew the kids would never look
I put him somewhere in a bag
Or behind a boring book.

I’ve ripped apart the whole garage
My storage bins and shelves
And I’m wondering where other parents
Stash their blasted Elves?

I stuffed him in a closet
Or with the camping gear,
Yet still I cannot find him
And school pick up time is near.

I hope that when I find you,
You little handsome little knave,
That you will work your magic
And help my children to behave

Because while you sit … Read More

Holiday Shopping: For the Kids, With the Kids

I am about to tell those of you with toddlers something you already know–and for those of you with sweet, quiet, drowsy newborns, who will sleep through an entire shopping trip, this is something you will find out next year at this time: Shopping with babies, toddlers and kids can be hard–so hard you’d rather push a cart of hungry goats around the store than your own children.

Cooper is two and a half–and not in any sort of daycare or preschool–and we hardly have a babysitter. I do all the grocery shopping with him either running ahead of me or behind me, narrowly being hit by other distracted shoppers, or sitting in the cart, which means I am constantly trying to find different distractions (bribes) to keep him from climbing out–snacks, toys, my cell phone OR he’s trying to climb out anyway. The safety straps on shopping carts have … Read More

Here’s to a Green Christmas!

I like to pick up things here and there throughout the year, long before cardboard Christmas trees, blue Hanukkah stars, red tinsel bells and cartoon snowmen with green scarves decorate every aisle of every store.  I find things on sale and if I buy a few things each month, it’s easier on our budget than doing all of my shopping over a few weeks in December. I’m going to be telling some secrets in this blog so I hope my family doesn’t read this.

In past years, I’ve given my sister and mother re-usable bags for grocery shopping but that was the extent of my “green gifting. This year, as I’m making more and more efforts to be Earth Friendly, I ordered some reusable produce bags for myself and my family. It’s so silly to bring in reusable bags and then fill them up with plastic … Read More