Staying Home for Christmas

December 18, 2010

All along we’ve been planning on making a quick trip to Utah for Christmas, but with this storm blowing through we’ve decided to stay home. Little Red is devastated. He suggested that we save time and skip the storm by flying.

“Well, because that would cost a thousand dollars and we don’t have a thousand dollars,” Paul explained.

“What about a ticket?” Little Red countered. I think we need to focus a little more on how we actually pay for things.


Letters to Santa

December 15, 2010

Little Red (self-written):
Dear Santa,
sory for the confushun. What I rely want for Christmas is a lego yoda with his lego lightsaber.

Boy Blue (dictated):
How are you? I’ve been good for twenty weeks. I would like a Lego Ahsoka. I will give you some cookies.

I Wish He Was Right

December 14, 2010

It was a great laugh this morning when one of the dads at dropoff explained to me that I was only “tv disorganized” so there was nothing to worry about.  (As opposed to “real life disorganized.)  I’ve been laughing about it all morning, such a very LA thing to say, but I fear the man is greatly mistaken.  This morning I’ve been singing “I’m beginning to stress a lot for Christmas” to the tune of “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas.”  It helps take the edge off my nerves, but I’m really concerned that my one major homemade gift this year will not be ready in time.  (Oh, and I’m concerned that I haven’t spent enough time making sure my own children will have gifts.  Maybe we can just hit an outlet mall on the way up to Utah.  Is there a Target outlet anywhere?  Probably Minnesota.  Guess that doesn’t help me at all.)


December 12, 2010

if only
every day
could end like this one
with big brother
putting his arm around
his little brother
he reads 
a story

Notable Quotables

December 11, 2010

(when the Transformers are firefighters)
Blue: You’re saved!
Red: Thanks! Can I have your autograph?
Blue: Sure, it’s on facebook.

Blue’s Clues

December 10, 2010

Today, December 10th. “I hate Christmas. I’m so frustrated. I didn’t get anything from Santa!”

Too Much To Ask

December 10, 2010

Is it too much to ask that at some point in the past month I had enough time (before 10pm) to clear off the table so we could set up our Christmas tree?  For that matter, is it too much to ask that I have enough time to fold the clean laundry instead of storing it in a loose pile?  This past month has been little more than a reminder of all the things I need to and want to do but haven’t been able to do.  I’m trying not to get discouraged, but at this point I feel like Christmas morning will be quite a surprise for the children.  I can see two scenarios:

1.  Presents Christmas morning, with my children wondering why Santa came in November this year?  (There’s no way it’s December, there are no decorations, no advent, no Christmas scripture nightly reading (just the regular stuff, don’t worry!), no carols.)

2.  No present Christmas morning because I haven’t found the time to buy and make them.  Maybe for Christmas we can sign all the Christmas cards we have but haven’t sent out …

Either way, the next couple of weeks are going to be interesting.