Monthly Archives: December 2017

There Is No Naughty Or Nice

With it being so close to Christmas and in the month of December, I have been seeing a lot of posts about Santa Claus. There are a lot of videos of parents telling their kids they won’t be getting any presents because they are so naughty. That Santa is always watching and they aren’t being good kids so they won’t be getting any presents this year.

I can not say that I have never said to my kids that Santa knows if you’ve been bad or good. I have. But this year with all of these new videos going around and the elf craze is definitely  high this year, my perspective is changing.

These parents say these things but then on Christmas Day their kids most likely still have presents. So they didn’t really teach them anything. Why say it at all? These are lessons that should be taught all year, not at Christmas time.

Christmas isn’t about being bad or good. It’s about giving. If my kids are bad or naughty, I’m still going to give them presents because I want to. It makes me feel good. It’s not about “Santa” watching them to make them be good. Or that stupid elf watching them to report back to Santa of all their wrong doings. Hell, our elf is naughtier than my kids ever are! If you have a routine, rules, or any kind of stability at home, your kids shouldn’t be terrible and needing threats from Santa. My kids fight with each other. Probably every single day. That doesn’t make them bad. That makes them related and living under the same roof, playing with the same things and having an opinion. Being human. Nothing that I need Santa to get in the middle of.

My oldest knows the truth about Santa. That I am carrying on the tradition of Saint Nick. My daughter is still in awe when she receives the letter I type up and every day the elf is in a new place. I don’t tell her the elf is watching her. I don’t tell them that they will get coal if they are bad. They were just fighting yesterday and she hit him over a video game. But that’s what siblings do. Santa is still coming to my house because I have good kids. Threatening them in the moments when they are acting out doesn’t stop it from happening. It doesn’t stop Santa from coming and it certainly doesn’t make them naughty kids.

It is the season of giving. You give because you want to. Because of the feeling it gives you to make someone else smile. It’s not about getting or taking away.

I am excited to give this holiday season. To give my love, my positivity, my smile, my warmth and happiness and my heart!

There is no naughty or nice.

Happy Tuesday My Friends

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25 Days of Activities/Movies Part 2

We have been doing our 25 days of Christmas Movies and Activities and some days are hard to fit it all in. With Doctors appointments and swim meets, getting home at 7pm on a school night to try to fit a 2 hour movie in with a craft is almost impossible. But if you are looking for something to do or watch, this is what we did this past week.

Monday

We made pine cone wreaths and centerpieces. I didn’t have to purchase anything for this. We went outside and collected pine cones. I had glitter, glue and everything else and we just went at it. We later watched Charlie Brown Christmas. A movie we watch every year!

Tuesday

I found a recipe for Gingerbread slime. All the kids are wanting to make slime now a days. It’s super easy. You just make slime like normal. 1 cup of hot water and 1/2 cup of clear glue. We added 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1 tsp of ginger, 1 tbsp of gold glitter and 1/2 tsp of borax. It is the best smelling slime ever! After wards we watched Home Alone. Another movie we seem to watch every year.

Wednesday

We kept it simple. We made banana muffins together. Not really Christmasy but still something we did together as a family. And then we watched the Grinch!

Thursday

We had doctors appointments in the next town over after the kids got out of school on Thursday so we didn’t end up watching movie. We ended up driving around the neighborhoods looking at all the lights and decorations! Which I failed to get photos of.

Friday

I found some free printable Christmas cards that you color online and printed them out. We spent time coloring our cards and filling them out so we can give them to neighbors. This night we had some friends over and we all watched The Polar Express.

Saturday

The weekend was very busy. Levi had his first swim meet and we were at the Natatorium for at least 6 hours each day. But on Saturday we managed to make some Jingle Bell thingies. I put one on a door handle and our elf snagged the other one. We watched A Spongebob Christmas Movie, which I do not recommend. Very annoying.

Sunday

We didn’t do a craft but we did watch the Elf’s Story. We have the Elf but we have never watched his movie. It was pretty cool. When we got home from our long day at the swim meet, the kids had received mail. On a Sunday! Letters from Santa arrived! I did not pay a company to do this, I did it myself on paper I already had and just printed a picture on an envelope. Delylah was in awe!

Everyone has busy schedules. With shopping, work, school, life. I have got to say, this is the first holiday season I don’t feel stressed. I am not in a hurry to be getting things done. I don’t care that my house isn’t all decked out on the inside and out. I’m not going over board on the gifts for my kids. We are spending quality time together each day doing an activity and watching a movie. Even when I can only fit one or the other in, we try to fit something in. It has been good for all of us.

What have you been doing to bring on the holiday spirit this year?

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Friday Is Fabulous!

We woke up to Snow! Snow in Texas! We never thought we would see the day!

The last time it snowed in this area was December of 2009!

I am taking it as a sign of how fabulous this Friday truly is!

It is fabulous because Travis is home from work. He was supposed to go in today but there is no one to fly the chopper and it was snowing in Galveston this morning. He gets to be with us for another day!

Waking up to snow was Fabulous! A reminder of home.

Yes, it’s dark. We get up at 5am.

It’s Friday! That itself is fabulous but it is the beginning of Levi’s first swim meet! It is a 3 day meet and I’m excited for him. He isn’t swimming for the meet today but he is practicing for the next 2 days of competition!

Jack is getting groomed today! He is long overdue for a grooming. I can’t wait for him to smell better and see better!

We are sticking to our 25 days of Christmas Movies and Activities. Tonight we are having friends over to watch the movie with us and have some popcorn!

With this cold weather we got out the crock pot and started a pot of chicken soup! There is nothing better than some home-made chicken and dumplings when it’s cold out!

All the bills are paid! That makes this Friday even more Fabulous!

I went to yoga all week and skipped today. I hurt the ball of my foot landing wrong while trying to get down the elbow head stand that I am determined to hold for longer than 10 seconds. But that is Fabulous. I am listening to my body and am able to get some meditation in at home while stretching and giving my foot a break.

It may be cold out with a bit of snow. Delylah may still have a cough and a runny nose. Levi may be grumpy because puberty is just weird. But the bus was on time even though there was snow. The kids got to throw snow balls at each other at the bus stop. We will have friends over after school and Travis is still home to spend time with us.

Friday truly is Fabulous!

Enjoy!

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There Is Always Something To Be Thankful For

It is a very brisk Thursday today. This is the most use our heater has gotten since we moved  in. I am not minding one bit though. It is beanie weather and that means I don’t have to do a damn thing with my hair!

It is Thursday.

A Thursday to think about all the things you are thankful for. Big, small. Things that might even sound ridiculous.

I am thankful that it’s cold outside. It means I don’t have to pick up dog poop. Although there is a down side to that. When it isn’t cold and I actually do have to go outside to pick it up, there will be a million piles of poop out there. That’s ok. Because today, right now, I’m thankful I don’t have to do it!

It’s the month of Christmas. It can be a tough month, money wise. Even if you’re the smartest person with your money, it can still be a tough month. I am thankful that all of our bills are paid, we have a roof over our heads, food in our fridge and cabinets and lucky enough to still get the kids presents for Christmas.

I deep cleaned my car last week. The terrible, awful smell that has been lingering in there since our 3 week road trip is finally gone! You know what it was? I keep spare ketchup, hot sauce and mustard packets in my glove box and some had apparently exploded and gone bad. That was the smell. So gross!

Tea. Tea is hot. I am cold. It makes my belly feel better. It’s that easy.

I fell asleep last night about 8:30ish and didn’t wake up one time to go pee. I am usually up 2-3 times a night to use the bathroom but not last night. I am so thankful for a good nights sleep!

Kind words and nice ways. When I leave yoga there’s a lot of people just standing around and some people who never talk to anyone. I always smile at everyone and say “Have a great rest of your day.” I can see it light up their faces. It is really that easy.

Amazon and online shopping. I went to the store the other day and it was so crowded! The holiday shopping is crazy! Whether it’s for groceries or gifts, people are all over the place. I am so thankful for Amazon and the ability to shop online, from home.

Coffee.

My sonic care tooth-brush!

Conditioner. Because I would never be able to brush Delylahs hair without it.

My neighbor. Helpful in more ways than she knows.

The DVR. Who actually has time to watch shows when they are on?

What are you Thankful for today?

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