Archives for December 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!  I’m taking a break to enjoy time with family.  I’ll be back to posting as usual starting January 2nd.

It’s a last minute decision, but it just feels right.

I’m sure my kids will do some crazy stuff that will be extremely “blog worthy” in the next day or two, but you’ll just have to wait.  My husband is off all week and we’ve got new toys to play with.

I figure if he’s going to hang curtains and pictures for me, it’s the least I can do for him.

May you and your family have a blessed and joyous holiday!

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas!

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Let your heart be light
From now on, our troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Make the Yule-tide gay,
From now on, our troubles will be miles away.

Here were are as in olden days,
Happy golden days of yore.
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more.

Through the years we all will be together
If the Fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now.

Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane 1943, christmas lyrics


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Christmas will come

I want you to think of “Christmas will come” as a message of hope  and not a reason to panic.

If you’re stressed, panicked, worn out, or strung out then this message is for you.

There are only a few days until Christmas.  It’s a stressful time for moms because at some point we realize that it’s just not all going to happen.

Some major something on our lists just won’t get done.  We’ve run out of time, energy, money, patience, or something.

Somehow, Christmas just isn’t shaping up to be what we hoped and dreamed it could be for our family.

Dear sweet mom, I want you to know – Christmas will come.

It will happen.  You can’t stop it.  There just isn’t more time or energy or money or patience or whatever is you think you need.  The kids are out of school and quite frankly, time’s up.  Christmas is here.

And it’s ok.

It’s going to be just fine.

Honest. [Read more…]

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Keeping It Real (Santa, of course)

As I’ve mentioned previously, keeping Santa real in my house has gotten kind of elaborate.

Ironically, I don’t EVER recall believing in Santa as a kid. It just wasn’t something my mom encouraged. I’ve only tried to make Santa real for my kids because I thought it was what my husband wanted.

With no real experience of how normal families keep Santa alive in their homes, I kind of invented stuff as I went.

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Routine – Just say “No”

just say no to routineThe morning routine in my house is pretty simple and straightforward.  Get up, get dressed, eat breakfast, pack lunches, go to school.

I’m blessed that my husband can drop the kids off at school in the mornings and that we can squeeze a few coffee dates in when we need time to talk.

I’m blessed that my kids are pretty content with a small selection of simple breakfast foods, and that they are fairly self sufficient.  On a good day, they’ve got most of their lunches packed and are eating breakfast by the time I finish dressing.

This week – not so much.

This week, the oldest has been sick.  Nothing major, but it was enough.  So each morning, I’ve had one sick whiney child laying on the couch complaining… while the healthy child stands at the door and complains about the unfairness of going to school.

This week, just as I recover from all the whining, the painter has arrived.   The rest of my days have been a whirlwind of Christmas panic, remodel mess, whining children, fever, and paint fumes.

Today, I did the unthinkable.  I blew off the routine. [Read more…]

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MOMtor Monday – Mothering from Scratch

Some time in the past three months, the lovely ladies at Mothering from Scratch invited me to be a MOMtor on their blog.  I was super geeked out about it and probably annoyed my husband by talking about it a wee bit more than I should have.

What’s a MOMtor?  So glad you asked.   Per Mothering From Scratch…

A MOMtor is a seasoned mentor who shares advice, wisdom and life lessons which help us in our mothering journey. These carefully selected mothers dish out their experience with a side dish of compassion. Our goal is to leave you wanting more.

I’m honored.  I’m tickled pink.  And I love it.

Today is my third post as a MOMtor.  I love the timing of this post because it’s the advice I really needed this morning.  I hope you like it  too.

3 gifts every mom can give herself

Go on over an check it out.   No matter what your budget may look like, these are three gifts that you can afford to give yourself.  Honestly, you can’t afford to NOT give them to yourself.

There’s a photo of me in my PJ’s just in case you needed motivation to click. 🙂  While you’re there, browse a few more posts and you’ll understand why Mothering from Scratch is one of my favorite blogs.

And, in case you missed them, I’m giving you the links to all my MOMtor posts all in one easy place.

My collection of MOMtor posts:

Negotiating Holiday Traditions – All about communication in marriage and throwing a big birthday party for Jesus.

Patience and Creativity in Parenting – My super secret potty training trick revealed.  The lesson I learned applies to parenting in any situation, even if you already survived potty training.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Houston Mom Blogger Susan Baker has a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood. She has two elementary school boys, one engineering husband, and one cat. She has a strange fascination  for eggs, socks, and books.  She spends far too much time on Social Media and at Target. She is crazy in love with her family.  She serves an amazing God.   She lives an ordinary life filled with wonder. [/author_info] [/author]

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Thankful Thoughts – My Kids

Thankful Thoughts ChristmasToday I can’t help but write some thankful thoughts about my kids.

Last Friday I was horrified to hear the news of yet another school shooting.  Because I have two kids in elementary school, my very first thought was “those could be my kids.”

I was the second in car line to pick my kids up that day.  I couldn’t wait to hold them and sniff them and tell them how I treasure them.  It was all I could do to keep myself from checking them out of school early, just to be with them that day.

It hurt.

Honestly, I’ve avoided all sources of news since Friday.  We’ve watched Netflix and Amazon videos.  I’ve avoided the radio. I’ve stayed off twitter and (for the most part) Facebook.

It feels like the whole thing has sucked the words right out of my fingers.

I have more questions than answers right now.  But here’s what I do know. [Read more…]

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They rose up and called me blessed!

blessedOK, maybe in the literal sense they didn’t rise up and call me blessed.

Watty did not actually use the word “bless-ed” or even the modern “blessed.”  But he meant it.

Last Sunday, I shared that I was working on a class project for him.  It made me thankful for homework – a very strange thing. Part of the assignment was for me to write a special letter that was to be read in class.

(the teacher gently suggested that we write the letters as poems or silly stories. i have no idea what other moms did, but i was feeling competitive.)

The teacher read it in class on Wednesday.  I was curious to know how the class liked it and if it made my son feel good.

Me:  Watty, how did your class like your letter? [Read more…]

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I could really use some solitude today!

Camping solitudeI could really use some of that camping solitude today – the kind I wrote about Thanksgiving week where the only sound is the crackle of the campfire.

I could stand to sit still and stare into the fire or watch the last of the Autumn leaves drop silently from the trees.

I yearn for the quiet, peaceful space where I soak up the warmth of the sun as I finish my still-warm coffee.  Sigh.  It’s not happening today.

Guess what I get instead of solitude. [Read more…]

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Christmas Stockings – My crazy little twist

I know, most families do Christmas stockings.

But I’ll bet my family does them differently than yours.  I’ve never met ANYONE who does what we do.

My kids have never questioned if the stuff in their stockings comes from Santa or from me.  Since I fill all four stockings, I think they’ve always assumed that the contents are an express delivery from the North Pole.

Don’t disillusion them, please?

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My Kids Make Me Laugh – Reindeer Cars

My Kids Make Me Laugh ChristmasIt’s a Christmas themed edition of My Kids Make Me Laugh this week.

Why not?  It’s only two tiny weeks until “the big day.”

This week, I’m writing about reindeer cars.

I have no idea if these are actually a nation-wide phenomenon or just something local.  Personally, I don’t understand how they could possibly work if you live where there is ice and snow.  Around here, they just get rain-soaked.

Reindeer Car? [Read more…]

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