Thursday, December 21, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
The story of Jesus
Money to buy gifts
Time off from work
Eating our favorite christmas treats
A warm place to live
Here's a sneak peek at the presents too - I've really been into silk florals lately, and adorned our packages with them this year :) I feel like I'm ready for Christmas now - the cards are mailed, my shopping is finished, and there are 8 days until Santa comes! I just have to remember the milk & cookies and stocking presents!
Friday, December 15, 2006
This is a post from Rachel's blog (hope you don't mind I copied it!)...I thought it was SO CUTE and wanted to share it...
I've been a good mom all year. I've fed, cleaned and cuddled my children - on demand, visited the doctor's office more than my doctor, sold sixty-two cases of candy bars to raise money to plant a shade tree on the school playground. I was hoping you could spread my list out over several Christmases, since I had to write this letter with my son's red crayon, on the back of a receipt in the laundry room between cycles, and who knows when I'll find anymore free time in the next 18 years. Here are my Christmas wishes: I'd like a pair of legs that don't ache (in any color, except purple, which I already have) and arms that don't hurt or flap in the breeze; but are strong enough to pull my screaming child out of the candy aisle in the grocery store. I'd also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of my last pregnancy. If you're hauling big ticket items this year I'd like fingerprint resistant windows and a radio that only plays adult music; a television that doesn't broadcast any programs containing talking animals; and a refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide to talk on the phone. On the practical side, I could use a talking doll that says, "Yes, Mommy" to boost my parental confidence, along with two kids who don't fight and three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use of power tools. I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting "Don't eat in the living room" and "Take your hands off your brother," because my voice seems to be just out of my children's hearing range and can only be heard by the dog. If it's too late to find any of these products, I'd settle for enough time to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or the luxury of eating food warmer than room temperature without it being served in a Styrofoam container. If you don't mind, I could also use a few Christmas miracles to brighten the holiday season. Would it be too much trouble to declare ketchup a vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely. It would be helpful if you could coerce my children to help around the house without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organized crime family. Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is ringing and my son saw my feet under the laundry room door. I think he wants his crayon back. Have a safe trip and remember to leave your wet boots by the door and come in and dry off so you don't catch cold. Help yourself to cookies on the table but don't eat too many or leave crumbs on the carpet.
Yours Always, MOM
P.S. One more thing...you can cancel all my requests if you can keep my children young enough to believe in Santa.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Parker and I are off to the grocery store tonight. He's always such a good boy, until we go by the floral department and he sees the balloons. He loves them! If I had a penny for every time someone smiled at him or said he was cute, I'd be well on my way to becoming rich!
Monday, December 11, 2006
Thursday, December 7, 2006
Parker and I ventured out to the mall last night. We were at the TMobile kiosk for about an hour, getting a new phone because my old one froze up and was a piece of junk. I'm so fortunate to have a well behaved and well mannered child! Some of the kids that walked by were throwing fits, screaming, and being naught. When Parker sees this his eyes just look sad and he says "ni"...his way of saying NICE. It's amazing what he can put together. I've always been determined to teach him good manners, so far I think my dreams are coming true.
The movie Stewart Little 2 was on the Disney Channel when we got home, I think I was more into it than Parker was! He LOVES movies or watching a cartoon on tv - I've really had to filter them though, which is good becsaue he only gets 1 or 2 a day...I'm so glad he's WAY more into books than the tv :) Sometimes I just need that 20 minute break though.
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
I am working on a scrapbook journal for the 25 days of Christmas and yesterday's entry was about the perfect Christmas. It makes me think about what "perfect" means. I get wrapped up in this word: always paying close attention to detail, spending extra time on things, and trying to live up to this expectation of doing things PERFECT. What really matters is the love that goes into whatever we're doing! I'm learning and growing as a mom, and discovering that the way I do things and how I do things really does matter...and that I put all of energy that I know how to into whatever I am doing :)
I love this time of year. I am so thankful for family and friends. My eyes sparkle when I think about Christmas. I love watching Parker see things for the first time - presents, lights, bows, ornaments, and Santas.
What a Merry Christmas we all have to look forward to. What does YOUR perfect Christmas look like?