Friday, December 18, 2009

MOM BITES INTO CHRISTMAS

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!

7 comments:

museumeg said...

You are super mom! Good for you! I don't know why kids have to change their minds. Last year my sister had at least 7 light sabers on hand because she wanted to have just the right one. Good luck with the bikes. And I'm sure your talk will be wonderful.

Lauren said...

I've seen the piano vanity. Here's a link: http://www.disneystore.com/disney/store/DSIProductDisplay?storeId=10051&productId=1236010&categoryId=11966&catalogFromSearch=10002&catalogId=10002&langId=-1. Good luck!

Margo said...

Of course the toys need to fight! What else do boys do with toys. And I do agree, you deserve a medal for doing what you did with a new baby!

Happy said...

Your make-up comment made me laugh and laugh. You are too funny!

Happy said...

Okay, I posted that last comment before reading the rest of that post. Brant's gift choices and mind changing about the bike made me laugh pretty hard too. You are such a good mom to have both bikes ready!! That's awesome!

Tamar and Trevor said...

HA! Trevor asked me to speak this Sunday in church...only he waited until Wednesday night to do it!!! I don't even get the break from my kids because Trevor has to sit on the stand too...at least I should be off the hook for a while. Good luck with the Christmas presents...I have yet to get anything for Emma because she is so darn hard to shop for. Merry Christmas to one SUPER Mom.

LINDSAY said...

your make-up comment made me laugh. . . it's something I need to work on-i'm just lazy) reading your post, i am confident that you have super-human mom abilities, but what impresses me most is that you let them take your picture without makeup and posted it on your blog! Girl you are awesome.