Life with the Wild Things

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

Challenge Day 4 November 25, 2014

Filed under: Family,Holidays — jdkihlken @ 7:12 PM
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http://www.imom.com/printable/crazy-mom-holiday-challenge/

day 4It is day 4 of the challenge.  So far so good.  No meltdowns from expecting the PERFECT holiday this week.  That has to be worth something…

Which leads me to Number 7 on the list.  Eat the Christmas cookie and don’t beat yourself up for eating it.  Well, I didn’t eat the Christmas cookie, but I did eat a wonderful burger and fries.  And normally this close to the holiday, I would feel absolutely horrible about such a big meal splurge so close to the eat until you pop lunch on Thursday.  But, not this year.  I am going to savor every morsel of yummy food this year.  That’s what sweatpants are made for!

burger and friesHow have I been doing with the other numbers I have tackled so far?

Well, Number 1 – just roll with it.  So far so good.  I am not obsessing about who is getting where when and what we are all wearing or what I should have done to make it more wonderful.

Number 2 – Plan so you don’t freak out. Gifts for the sisters and nephew came in today.  Ready to be wrapped and delivered to God’s country tomorrow for them to take home to put under their trees.  Yep… planned ahead, didn’t stress when Amazon said it would be late Wednesday before it was delivered, paid off because it came in early!

Number 8 – Get some rest so you won’t be the Grinch.  The past 4 days I have been making sure I actually block out down time for myself.  WOOHOO!

It’s been a great couple of days.  Tomorrow I am on the road and then the big test is Thursday.  I think I can, I think I can!

 

The Crazy Mom Holiday Challenge Day 3 November 24, 2014

Filed under: Family,Holidays,moms — jdkihlken @ 10:03 PM
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http://www.imom.com/printable/crazy-mom-holiday-challenge/

day 3

Today is the third day of the Crazy Mom Holiday Challenge.  I have been trying to write about the challenge in order that the task are listed on the iMom.com website.  But, Number 3 and 4 are about remembering that your kids and your husband aren’t perfect angels. Well, it is a rare opportunity that I get time alone…but tonight… WOOHOO.  I have a mom break.  The wild things are in God’s Country with grandma and the hubby is on the road for work.

happy mom

WOW!  What a day.  I very rarely have these moments where I get time to myself.  And I made the best of it.

What did I do?  I skipped ahead to number 8.  Get rest so you won’t turn into the Christmas Grinch.

grinch

I am the world’s worst person at getting rest.  Especially this time of year… I feel like I need to go go go in order to make everything perfect.  Not this year.  Not with this challenge.

This weekend while the wild things were away I took a nap Saturday and Sunday.  Oh it was wonderful.  Tonight when I came home from work and the house was empty…Oh what a peaceful night.  I watched movies, finished a book, and am about to get a great night’s sleep.

Number 8 – This may be my most favorite challenge yet!

good night

 

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

Filed under: Family,Holidays — jdkihlken @ 6:48 PM
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day 2

http://www.imom.com/printable/crazy-mom-holiday-challenge/

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!

check mark

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.

keep going

 

The iMOM.com holiday challenge November 22, 2014

Filed under: Family,Motherhood,The boys — jdkihlken @ 11:00 PM
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My life is headed in a completely new direction.  Not one I planned on or was ready for, but sometimes we have to have faith that everything is happening for a reason.  It’s not bad, or horrible…even though I have a tendency to make everything out to be impossible at first.  It’s just different and change.  I don’t do change.  I don’t do different.  I am a creature of habit.  I have to have everything just so or the world isn’t turning the way I feel comfortable.  I am trying very hard to not let the changes effect the holidays.

So… I decided I would participate in the iMOM.com “Crazy Mom” Holiday Challenge.  You can follow it at

http://www.imom.com/printable/crazy-mom-holiday-challenge/

challenge

I always want the holidays just perfect.  You know everything in its place, wonderful food, perfect weather, a dress that fits just right (even without dieting all year), no fighting, no arguing, perfect angelic kids, a husband who magically knows where all decorations must go and places them there just right.  You know… a dream world and not reality.

perfectI am going to enjoy every moment of these holiday season.  How did I start?  Well, I am not putting up my Christmas decorations until I have enjoyed a thankful Thanksgiving.  Every year I put up the Christmas decorations at the beginning of November so we can enjoy them.  But we seem to then just pass over Thanksgiving.  Not this year.  Nope, No Way!  I am enjoying all parts of Thanksgiving.

I am going to document my process on my blog.  I think I need it to be accountable for sticking with the challenge.  But also to not beat myself up when I have a “moment”.  Come on… you know about having a “moment”.  I tend to then feel guilty because I fell off the wagon with one of my “moments”.  Nope, not this year.  I am going to learn how to relax and embrace the chaos.

Number 1 on the challenge… roll with it and don’t expect a perfect holiday.  So how is this for not having a perfect holiday.  The boys and I will be at home with my mom and family in God’s Country.  Hubby will be at our home.  He won’t be able to make it over to spend the holiday with the family.  Well, just roll with it.  We can Skype or FaceTime. The Wild Things and I will have a great time.  We can check in with hubby throughout the day.  So even though it won’t be perfect, it doesn’t make the day any less special.

thanksgiving

I will not have a moment this week when I am driving to God’s Country by myself.  I will listen to music, sing really loud (because I’ll have 4 hours in the car by myself), and stop at Starbuck’s whenever I want.happyIt will not be perfect, but I will roll with the changes.

 

 
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