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Sunday, December 28, 2008

A Very Merry Christmas

I didn't shower until 2 pm today. It was awesome. I completely cleaned the kids room. Made a keep pile, a throw away pile and a Goodwill pile. You would be surprised by the amount in the throw away pile. Completely worthless stuff sitting in their rooms. I don't know how that could possibly happen. On the upside, I found the portable DVD player that's been missing for about 4 months now. It was in the dress up drawer, along with some Legos and Barbie accessories. It's hard for kids to keep drawers organized. When they clean they apparently just throw things in random drawers.

I'm pretty sure everyone had a fantastic Christmas. Our kids are so busy for about 3 days straight, but their so good about it. Besides, they love all of the traditions we have, even if they do get switched around from year to year. Like going to Great Grandma's for Christmas Eve and staying up so late they pass out when their heads hit the pillows. And getting pajama's to open as their first gift. And they always get an ornament or two. So, even when they're hopping around from place to place they still have a little stability. Hopefully it makes it pretty easy. Plus, now, they've wised up to the fact that the more places they go the more presents they get. I don't like it. But, it's true. Which is another reason I thought we should cut back on their gifts. We did okay.

Cute little blurbs through out the past couple of days:

Aunt Becky: Jillian, what did Santa bring you for Christmas?

Jillian: I got a Beep! (She meant a Barbie Jeep.)

Riley opens up one of the ornaments Brian's mom gave him.

Riley: Oh cool! A football player ornament.

Me: Cool, who is it?

Riley: It's Peyton Manning. He's like my least favorite player in the NFL, but it's cool!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas Spirit

I had a great weekend. Mostly because it started on Friday. Brian and I shopped and shopped. It was fun. We stopped for lunch and had a sandwich and a pitcher of beer. This year I've felt a little stressed about the Christmas shopping. I'm not exactly sure why, but there was that lay off in my department and spending a lot of money right now just scares the hell out of me. Not that I've stopped as much as maybe Brian would like me to, but I think about it a lot.

This year the kids donated $50 out of their Christmas budget. So, whatever we have budgeted for them for their Christmas gifts they were going to donate $50. They have all made their donations and while we were shopping I was feeling a little panicked because we were buying so many gifts. At least that's what it seemed like. We went back and entered the amounts into the budget and they are all right on. We didn't go over at all. We spent less on their gifts this year than we did last year, which is what I wanted, and yet it still seemed like a lot.

I had to put it into perspective. It seems like a lot because there are four of them, but in reality they are only receiving about three or four gifts from us. And not expensive gifts either. They each made a list and we picked a few items off their list. And actually, their lists weren't even that great. Darby had the longest list and some of it was stuff she doesn't even want (like Lego sets) and the boys only had 4 things on their list. And Jordan got some of those things for his birthday. We told them to make new lists and all of them refused. Darby said that she would not make a new list. She had enough on her list and she doesn't want that much this year anyway. What the heck? Who are these kids?

I think they just realize how lucky they are as they get older. They may not get everything they want like some of the kids they know, but they never have to do with out. At least I hope they realize that.

On Saturday I went to tea with my co-workers. Mostly they were co-workers I like so it was a pretty nice time. We had a gift card exchange and I got a Sephora gift card. Score! I think it was the best one, though I may be the only one who thought that. Most of the other women are older and some didn't even know what Sephora was, so it all works out. I love this tea place. It was so cute. I need to take my girls for tea sometime. I didn't even know it existed until now.

On Sunday the kids had a Christmas pageant. It was pretty cute. Riley had a speaking part, which was unexpected I guess the original Ahab didn't show up. He did pretty good. Jillian stood up on the stage and didn't seem nervous or shy at all. She was one of the sheep. It was so cute. Jordan and Darby didn't have lines. They had standing parts. The kind where they just stand there. They really should have given Jordan a part with lines. I think he should have been King Herod, but whatever. I'm not in charge of casting the Christmas pageant. Thank goodness.

I'm back at work now. I wish I didn't have to work. Blah! But I'm excited for Christmas and I love Christmas parties and planning Christmas parties and going to Christmas parties. It's so fun! Sometimes it's the only time of year I see some of my family. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I can't tell ya! Ha, ha. Just kidding. Kind of.

Okay, if I don't write again for a long time Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Completely Random

Randomness #1

The other night I changed in to my pajamas. I was going to hang out downstairs with the kids and my night shirt was white and you could see through it so I kept my bra on thinking it wouldn't be appropriate not to. It happened to be a black bra. So, while I thought it inappropriate to wear a white shirt with no bra around the kids, I didn't give it a second thought about wearing a white shirt with a black bra. Okay, I thought about it but I wasn't going to change my bra to go downstairs and hang out with the kids.

We were watching a movie. Hell Boy to be exact. (I actually liked this movie. Don't ask me why. I'm baffled as well.) During the movie Darby and Jordan begin to talk. (As usual!) And during this conversation during the movie, my bra is all of a sudden a topic of conversation. I don't know how this happened because I was watching the movie not listening to the two 8 year olds, but it went something like this:

Darby: It's kind of like mom wearing a black bra with a white shirt.

Jordan: What?! A black bra with a white shirt. That doesn't even make sense!

What the heck? I don't get why they would even notice, discuss it, and how the heck do they know it's a fashion faux pas?

Randomness #2

We have this neighbor. He has a nice family. He is not nice to his family. Every time we hear him is yelling and acting obnoxious to them. It's awful. One day Riley came in and asked if some boys could come over and play. I said that would be fine. He said good because there dad is so mean! How sad is that? Even Riley noticed how mean he was.

The boys came over and played for a little while and seemed to have a nice time. Their mom came by to take them over after awhile and that was that.

The other day I was walking out to my car and the dad drove by and honked at me. He has tinted windows so I don't know if he was waving or maybe my kids made him mad somehow and he was flipping me off. I just don't know. I just stood there looking stupid. And that probably made him mad.

We make up stories about what's going to him make him mad. It's not funny, but we've never seen or heard him do anything but yell. And we watch him all the time. Their house is right out the kitchen window. Perfect view. We are those nosy neighbors, constantly spying. If something more than yelling was going on, we would do something. For now, we've only witnessed the yelling.

Randomness #3

Things at work have been going pretty good. My old boss is not returning and we're going to have a new boss, but he's been filling in since August so it's not like we have to have someone completely new come in. Which is nice. And people aren't as mean. At least not some people. Yet, I'm still paranoid of sabotage. And I see suspicious things on the printer and wonder what certain people are doing with certain papers that look suspiciously like they might belong to me. Considering they have my name on them and I didn't print them. But I'm just being paranoid. And I take my papers back to my desk. The ones with my name on them. And it's just weird. Besides, there isn't much anyone can do to sabotage me using these papers. I just don't like the idea that someone might try. I'm paranoid.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

I Watched TV

I was watching TV last night. That's right. I was finally able to sit down and watch TV. There was nothing going on. Okay, I should have been putting away the Christmas boxes that are sitting in my front room but I didn't. I watched TV. So there. Anyway, I watched the last 1/2 hour of Life. Have you seen that show? It is so funny. It's one of my favorite shows but I always miss it for some reason or another. The guy on it is so weird.

Then I watched Law & Order and Oprah. I haven't seen Oprah in days. I was having withdrawls, but the Law & Order had me sucked in so I had to flip back and forth. Oprah's show was "Mistaken Identity". It was about the college girl in a car accident who was identified as another girl and everyone thought she was dead, but she wasn't and the other parents were taking care of her thinking she was their daughter, but she wasn't. I first saw this story on Dateline. Brian wouldn't watch it with me.

He doesn't like Dateline. I'm not sure how that's possible. It is so good. Granted they tell about true cases, which a lot of them are unsolved, so it's a bit frustrating but I just find them so interesting. He just doesn't get it! Plus, sometimes when the case is solved they do a follow up and give a recap of the story. I don't know. Maybe I'm just a freak. There are the stories that I won't watch. The ones involving children I can't deal with those. There are some things I could go my whole entire life without knowing and be okay with my ignorance.

PS I started this post yesterday and only just finished it today. I watched Oprah last night. It was about email scams. Let's just say I can't believe how gullible some people can be. Okay, that's all I have. Have a great weekend.