Friday, December 31, 2010

Trying to relax

Finally got a bunch of chores out of the way and have been spending the week enjoying time with my family.

It is New Year's Eve and I can't wait for the new one to start.  2010 has been a lousy year for me and my family.  Yes, there were a few blessings (we moved into a really nice house in a great neighborhood, I finally broke free of the dead weight loser ex-boyfriend) but mostly it was a crapfest!

Here is wishing, hoping and, most importantly, praying that 2011 is a much better year.

Have a safe one, everyone!

See you on the flipside!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

We had a white Christmas in KY.  Not the norm!  We were so excited.

Had a great time with the kids and at my parents house yesterday.  Our unwrapping this morning did take longer than usual, mainly because of the nerf gun shoot outs that kept occurring!

After the firefight ended all the presents were opened, Big Girl and I decided to go back to bed.  We had been woken before 6, after all.

In the spirit of Christmas, Big Girl tells The Boy, as she brandishes her nerf pistol, "If you wake me up again, I am going to shoot you in that THING you call a FACE!"

I had to address her comment as soon as I stopped laughing. "No shooting in the face and No one better wake ME!"

Merry Christmas to all.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The internet made me Scroogy!

I try to be a mellow, low key type of person.  I am not materialistic.  I don't stress over a cluttered (disaster scene, potato-potata...) home or mismatched socks.

Especially at Christmas, I try to enjoy the season without getting caught up in the frenzy.  I limit the amount of gifts that my kids get and we even open a few leading up to Christmas. This happens to drive my mother nuts- she thinks I am 'ruining' Christmas by letting the kids open presents early.  My arguments about Christmas gifts being superfluous to the holiday and the Epiphany fall on deaf ears.

However, my efforts to remain calm and Zen-like this year have been challenged every time I decide to zoom down the information superhighway.  I have been inundated with emails imploring me 'Don't wait until it is too late!  Order NOW!'  These started the week before Thanksgiving.

Now, the week of Christmas the pressure to 'BUY!BUY!BUY!' is relentless.  I feel bombarded with ads to get the 'perfect gift'.  Never mind that I don't agree with buying a bunch of stuff to prove how much I care, I still get a little nervous thinking about what or who I might have forgotten.

Even if I could completely ignore all the urging to buy things, I would still feel pressured to bake, cook, decorate, craft and plan my way to a perfect holiday.  I don't know exactly how I would be able to enjoy anything with that kind of schedule, but I admit to feeling the pressure to spend a whole day baking cookies to give to the neighbors.

I worked for hours and sent my kids around the neighborhood with plates of cookies under foil and even felt a twinge that the cookies weren't presented more attractively.  Not that my neighbors noticed the lack of perfect presentation.  They were all very pleased to get their cookies.

I wish I didn't feel the need to check my email so much.  I might have a better holiday if I wasn't constantly reminded of what I 'should' be doing to make it perfect.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Brand New Blogger

I would like to say that I am giddy with blogging urges happily pounding the keys to share all the sweetness and pixie dust that is my life.  I would like to say that, but I can't tell such a lie.  A bolt of lightening would surely melt my just paid off PC.

No, I decided to blog because I feel overwhelmingly stressed and more than a little crazy.

I am sure over the course of my blogging career I will offend many- it is my special gift.

I am a mess of contradictions- home-schooling mom to two girls with an autistic son that attends public school.  I am a liberal that believes in healthcare reform and the legalization of marijuana.

 I am liberal, somewhat crunchy and a Christian.  I am single, celibate and not too happy about the latter.

My kids are my pride and joy and I love them enough to get elbow deep on a daily basis and really screw them up.  Future therapists with visions of bass boats and summer homes dancing in their heads- you are welcome.

I started this week off with a bang.  I have alienated my mother, ruined my nephew's winter break and finally severed my last tie to an ex-boyfriend.

This first post was a bit like jumping off a bridge and I can see the water getting closer, so I shall sign off for today.