Life with the Wild Things

Just another mom of 2 boys in a house full of energy!

I completed the Crazy Mom Holiday Challenge from iMom.com January 4, 2015


I did it!  I mastered all 10 points on the list.  Not perfect at all times, but I tried and I did it.  This was the least crazy holiday I have ever had.  Which is surprising because I have so many changes happening in my life.

So… Here it is step by step….

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1. Roll with it and don’t expect a perfect holiday.  Well… the week before Thanksgiving my husband received a promotion that requires us to relocate.  It has completely turned our house upside down.  Needless to say it has lead to a less than perfect holiday season.  It is a blessing, but it meant changing a lot.  We didn’t spend Thanksgiving together.  We only saw each other on the weekends during December… all of which were spent on the road!  But, we rolled with it and it turned out that it was perfect for us.

2. Plan, so you won’t have to rush around like a crazy lady.  I start shopping in September for Christmas gifts.  I love to buy things for family and friends.  So it is fun to plan ahead what to get them.  I also have to start early because I ship everything to our family in Mississippi in November that way the car isn’t packed to the roof when we go visit everyone in December.

3. Remember your kids are kids, not angels.  Both my boys have ADHD.  It is always chaotic in our house.  Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, basketball season started.  We just finished football before Thanksgiving.  The boys also take tae kwon do 3 nights a week.  So life is always hectic in our home.  I have had to repeat this one over and over to myself.  I want them to always be perfect little angels.  But I have to remember that they are kids.  I am way to uptight with them most of the time.  I feel like I am always on their case about something.  Number 3 is something I am going to work on for 2015.  Always remember the boys are boys.  That is one of my New Year’s resolutions.

4.  Cut your husband some slack, he’s not an angel either.  I have to work on this one too.  Sometimes I expect him to be able to read my mind and know what I need.  I have got to remember that he can’t do that.  I grew up in a house of girls and he grew up in a house full of boys.  Sometimes I forget that he doesn’t think like me… you know perfect.  just kidding.  But I think we did ok for the holiday.  We spent most of December on the road which is rough on everyone.  But we managed to enjoy each other and have fun.

5.  Spend less money on stuff and more time with people.  We nailed this one this year.  This year we stuck to a Christmas budget that worked.  We definitely enjoyed spending more time with our family and friends than we normally are able to and it was well worth it.  In the end it’s the relationships we have that matter, not the material possessions.  We enjoyed all our time with family this year.  There was a lot of love in the air!

6.  Be thankful for what you have instead of thinking you need more.  We nailed this one too!  This year we didn’t ask for a lot.  We surprised each other with some great gifts, but we were very thankful for what we have  We have 2 amazing boys and a solid relationship.  We have a great family and friends who are like family.  What more can a girl ask for.

7.  Enjoy that Christmas cookie and don’t beat yourself up for eating it.  Well, I ate my share of holiday food that is for sure.  I did have some guilty feelings about eating too much.  But I did enjoy eating with good friends and family and not worrying most of the time about what the scale would say.

8.  Get rest, so you won’t turn into the Christmas Grinch.  Oh I rested.  I took off from the afternoon of Christmas Eve until Jan. 4!  I took naps almost every day.  It was well worth each moment of relaxation.  For the first time in a year, I am ready to go back to work and tackle the world again!

9.  Love, and show it with patience and kindness.  I have to work on this a lot more during 2015.  I love a lot and I am normally kind, but patience is a virtue that I lack.  I am going to work harder on this.  I did try to show love through patience and kindness.  I think people who don’t know me well would say that I nailed it.  But family that spent the entire holiday with me… they would say patience was lacking and kindness could have been a little better.

10.  Think more about what the season really means.  The Thanks in Thanksgiving and the Christ in Christmas.  I definitely nailed this one this year!  For thanksgiving, we gave a lot of thanks.  The boys and I discussed what we were thankful for at length in our 4 hour car ride home from grandma’s house after Thanksgiving.  And to add Christ back into Christmas, we started praying together as a family again.  We prayed the Advent prayers around our table with the Advent wreath.  We started praying every night kneeling together in our living room as we say our night time prayers.  I started doing 10 minute devotionals each day that have expanded to 15 minutes or more each day.

Well, looking back, I think I did ok with this Challenge.  I can’t wait to look for another one to work on next.

 

iMom.com Crazy Mom Holiday Challenge Day 2 November 23, 2014

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day 2

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It’s day 2 of the Challenge for me.  Number 1 is going well so far.  It’s the first weekend of the holiday season.  I have done a great job in not jumping ahead to the next holiday and enjoying all this week has to offer.  I am also doing pretty good at not worrying about making the holidays PERFECT.  But instead, enjoying the moments leading up to the big meals and the get togethers.

Number 2 on the list is Plan so you won’t be running around like a crazy lady.  Today, I sent my wonderful mom the ingredients for the pie I will be making Thursday.  Plan for Thanksgiving, Check!

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I started planning for Christmas in September.  I have to for several reasons.  The main one is that we our family is spread out everywhere.  The sooner I can put the gift ideas together, the lighter the load is on me and my family when the holidays get closer.

check markHubby’s family.  CHECK!  I have already shipped all but a few gifts to his parents’ home.  We will go there just before Christmas.  This way, everything is already there under the tree, waiting for our arrival.

check markMy family.  Almost check!  I have just a few more happies to pick up to put with gifts and they will be complete.

check markBoys’ school. CHECK CHECK CHECK!  My kids attend the world’s most wonderful school.  I have everything for everyone from each teacher to the front office to everyone in between.

check markMy office. CHECK!  Gifts ready and waiting for the day we have our work party.

check markFriends. Almost check! I have several items left to pick up, but I have a list and a plan.

check markExtras. CHECK!  I have everything ready for those few extra gifts I normally forget.

A plan I am good at.  Can you tell I my over plan?  Yep.  Just a little.  So part of this year’s plan is to slow down, enjoy the moments, and not worry if there is something I forgot or didn’t do.  If it isn’t perfect, it is OK.

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Santa is coming! December 24, 2011


Well, it is 7 AM.  I have been up for over an hour.  Santa is coming tonight!

I can’t believe 2011 is almost coming to a close!  Of course for those of us moms who prep Santa for Christmas morning.  It will be a busy 24 hours.  I have been up for an hour and I don’t know if there is enough time to get everything done!

I want the house clean and laundry done before mass tonight so I can enjoy Christmas tomorrow.  HA HA!  Like moms ever get a day off.

So far I have let the dog out and then back in.  Just for her to pee on the wild things’ bathroom floor (thanks, Bella!).  One would think the only other girl in the house would help me out by not making a mess.  So now I have extra laundry to do from cleaning up after Bella.

The boys are still nestled in bed one with each grandmother!  Thank goodness for that.

Breakfast is cooking in the oven.  Thank goodness for fundraisers.  It’s a butter braid from our city’s ballet company (thanks, Regan and Selena)!

I have written 2 letters to the wild things.  One from our elf on the shelf bidding them farewell for 2011.  Warning he will be popping in during 2012 to see how they are behaving.  One from Santa telling them how proud he is of them this year.

Next, I will make the grocery list because yesterday we went to Super Target to by Christmas dinner by memory and ended up spending way to much with little to show for it!  Got home and discovered I was still missing several items.  What the….

Then, make cookies for Santa, veggies for Rudolph and the other reindeer, and goodies for the elves…yes, I said the elves.  Thanks to Prep and Landing…we make goodies for elves!

 Then, make tonight’s dinner.  Something easy like lasagna and salad.  Start preparing tomorrow’s meal today so I can relax tomorrow (LOL).

Of course this all has to be completed by 4 PM so we can attend Mass tonight.  Which will help me regroup and remember why we celebrate Christmas in the first place.

Regroup and  remind my wild things why we celebrate Christmas.

Back home to fight with the wild things about going to bed.  Finish the Santa activities…setting out the gifts, etc.

Fall into bed at some point before midnight.

Then tomorrow morning when they wake up and we see the joy on their face from the magic of Santa, well, it will all be worth the craziness from today!

Merry Christmas to all of you!  May the joy of Christmas fill your hears and May Santa fill your stockings!

 

 
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