Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

Happy Christmas Eve!  Which, to parents around the world, is also known as The-Last-Day-You-Can-Invoke-The-Name-of-Santa-To-Get-Your-Kids-To-Do-Whatever-The-Heck-You-Want.  So far today, I’ve averted three near fights, gotten the girls to clean the basement, and had time to put on my make-up in peace.  Now if they could just whip me up a cocktail and give me a foot massage while reading me excerpts from People Magazine, they just might be the daughters of my dreams.   Merry Christmas everyone!!



Stocking Stuffers

As I was strolling through the house earlier this week with a smug smile on my face, congratulating myself on finishing all of my Christmas duties, I noticed something was different at our mantle (besides the fact that Sarah had once again re-organized the stockings based on her personal Naughty/Nice List for that day….usually Chris and I are in reversed positions so I’m curious to know what triggered this change in my status and what offense Chris committed to be demoted below the dog):

The five large stockings are for Chris, me, Sarah, Katie, and our dog Ellie. But what do I spy? Another smaller sock! Closer investigation revealed this:


Who is Star, you ask? Well, let me introduce you to this member of the family whom I have yet to mention in any of my blogs. Everyone, meet Star.


Yes, Star is Sarah’s Betta fish. Sarah has taken it upon herself, bless her little heart, to make sure that every family member is equally represented for Santa’s consideration this year. What I wanted to do was take Sarah aside and explain to her that Santa is a very busy person with limited child care and does not do well with last minute additions, exceptions, and alterations and that such changes might drive him to secretly binge on huge quantities of Christmas cookies in the dark hours of the night and maybe take out his frustration on his unsuspecting spouse who has no inkling how stressful the holidays can be and who only has to buy for one person on an ever growing list of family members, friends, babysitters, teachers, cleaning ladies, bus drivers, and other “support” staff. Instead, I found myself at the local PetCo one afternoon, navigating treacherous roads and icy parking lots to buy Star some new sparkly turquoise gravel and a neon orange plant to spruce up the joint. After all, every one deserves a little holiday cheer…no matter how small.

A Christmas Miracle

I noticed that the house seemed eerily quiet.  Katie had announced about ten minutes before that she wanted to play by herself in her room…a smallish miracle of sorts since she is usually never more than 2 feet away from me during the day.  With this unexpected reprieve from my normal servant chores, I took the opportunity to stuff our Christmas cards.  Another five minutes passed with no sounds.  Then another.  Finally, I couldn’t stand it a minute longer and had to investigate.  And this what I found:


Katie napping!  It’s the first time she’s done so in months.  I debated whether I should wake her up; she was Pull-Up less and I’ve had my quota of laundry for this week.  I decided to risk it though and I snuck out of the room to continue to work on our cards.  Then, the snow started falling.  So beautiful.  So peaceful.  So quiet.  So not like my normal day.   And for the bow on this perfect gift- we have a sitter tonight so I don’t have to worry about how I’m going to put an overly rested 2 year old to bed!  Miracles do happen everyday. Hope y’all are experiencing your own holiday magic during this season.

Getting Into the Christmas Spirit

In case you missed it last night, Jimmy Fallon and the Roots performed with Mariah Carey on perhaps my all time favorite Christmas song (Contemporary Non-Religious Category), “All I Want For Christmas is You” which is featured in perhaps one of my all time favorite movies (Christmas/Romantic Comedy/Feel Good Categories), “Love Actually.”  If this doesn’t put a smile on your face this morning, I don’t know what will.  Not sure how they could have made it any better…maybe more cowbell?