Christmas is a challenge with three children. It's a fun challenge, but a challenge none-the-less. Maren did manage to make it to Laurel's gingerbread-house-making activity with her class, but as evidenced, did not put on any makeup. At least now she doesn't have to come up with a New Year's resolution. Wearing at least a little bit of makeup before going out into public seems like an obvious choice.
Since the house activity happened at school, that's one more thing that Mom doesn't have to stress about doing at home. The outdoor lights have yet to be hung, but the tree is done and a few indoor decorations are scattered through the house. The blog is the family's Christmas card this year, saving time and money - time seems to be the most desirable commodity of 2009. Both kids took homemade gingerbread cookies to their class, a feat that almost didn't happen. Maren kept thinking about the Little Debbie gingerbread cookies on the middle shelf of aisle 6 at Wal-Mart.
The annual cookie exchange was a wonderful, relatively low-stress event, thanks to the assistance of a local bakery. No, she didn't buy her cookies, but she did buy brunch! The ladies didn't seem to mind and everyone went home with some seriously addicting treats! By the way, the event wouldn't have been nearly as easy to pull-off if Brad hadn't been completely unselfish in helping get everything ready. He says he's in it for the cookies, but he still is a shoe-in for dad/husband of the year!
And finally, the kids did get their picture with Santa. Once the IT department gets the scanner working, the photo will be posted. It's a cute one this year. Laurel talked to Santa for quite a long time about what she wants. The newest addition to her list is a "make-up piano" kit. This is something she saw on a commercial on TV that Maren is totally CLUELESS about. Brant also talked to Santa. The first item on his wish list is a Nutcracker. For some reason, he loves the Nutcracker. He also wants the Mouse King "so they can fight." Brant's big present request this year is a bike. About two months ago he claimed he wanted a Spiderman bike and talked about it all the time. Then he switched to the Buzz and Woody bike. He firmly decided this was the bike for him, so Santa made arrangements for that bike. Wouldn't you know, he has switched back to Spiderman? Even with both Brad and Maren trying to brainwash him into the Toy Story bike, he still wants Spiderman. Santa, with the help of Papa K, had to do some extra work to make sure Brant is not disappointed Christmas morning. Santa has both bikes on hand in case Brant changes his mind at the last minute. However, if Brant goes crazy and says he wants Star Wars instead...he'll just have to get over it.
To top it off, Maren has been asked to speak in church this Sunday on Christmas. There are some huge blessings from this assignment. Most obviously, she gets to sit up on the stand for an entire meeting with no children! Secondly, and certainly more important, she is forced to stop the craziness, ponder, and rely on the Holy Ghost for peaceful inspiration relating to the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. May all of our readers have such an opportunity this Christmas season!