A multimedia blog, meant to be a digital scrapbook for my family. My name is Molly, and I am a stay-at-home mom and homemaker. My dear husband, Jacob, is an awesome guy who loves us a lot. "Midge", AKA Zoe, joined us on June 4, 2010 and is a high energy spirit. "Peanut", AKA Alice, joined us on January 25, 2012!
Let it get ugly for a bit, and then let the ugliness GO.
For instance, I’m in a bad mood this morning. I’m just not *feeling* it, you know? I even made a list of 10 things I am regretting right now, just because people and their lists of things they are thankful for (oh Thanksgiving, thanks a lot) are annoying. Someone suggested starting “regretsgiving”. I thought it was awesome. Haha. See? That’s ugly. Here is my list!
10 Things I Regret:
1. Breaking my damn foot.
2. Staying up past 11:30 last night.
3. Going to Recreations Outlet this morning just because I scheduled a meetup there, that nobody else showed up to.
4. Wearing jeans. Never wear jeans when stretchy pants are an option.
5. Having no way to keep my toes (on my right foot) dry in the snow.
6. Feeling so fuzzy in my brain this morning.
7. I need to go to the store but I just. can’t.
9. Not watching Zoe at school because I’m not feeling well.
10. Getting up at all, this morning.
Anyway. I’m letting all of that go. I’ll feel better in like 15 minutes, probably. With two babies under two, you will feel bad sometimes. Don’t hold it in. You don’t have to broadcast the ugly (like me), but at least write down your not-so-nice feelings and then move on.
These are special pictures because the little girl, who Zoe is playing with, is my good friend’s (from elementary school!) daughter. It was neat to see our girls getting along so well. Cheers! ::clink your sippy cups::
This is how we keep Christmas presents “under control”. I try to limit the girls’ presents to these 4 things, plus stocking stuffers. It’s still easy to go crazy, and just make up new rules as I go along but at least I have a guideline. It’s fun to buy Jacob gifts according to this “want need wear read” standard, too! 🎅
I’ve read that this idea originated in Victorian times. It originated for me, via Pinterest… I’m assuming. I don’t even remember, anymore! Isn’t it weird that Pinterest has just become a part of our families and traditions? Haha…getting deep, here, sorry.
The first year we did this, Zoe’s list was:
1. A big step2 slide $$
2. A big girl car seat $$$
3. I don’t remember…a dress? $
4. A book about being a big sister $
Last year, we got Zoe:
1. A mini piano $
2. Music lessons $$$
3. Homemade pajama pants and a dress$$
4. A compilation story book $
Last year, we got Alice:
1. A crazy ball popping standing toy $
2. A big girl car seat $$$
3. Homemade pajama pants and a dress $$
4. A book……I don’t remember?! Haha. $
See? Even with “so few” gifts, I don’t remember it all!
Anyway, I’d encourage you to try to set a limit for gifts. It makes shopping a creative problem solving activity, and it reminds us that Christmas isn’t about how much we have under the tree. (Don’t worry, our kids get PLENTY of stuff…too much… at Christmas and year-round…I end up throwing/giving away a ton of toys throughout the year) 🎄
This year, I’m hand making some things and planning on signing the girls up for some music classes. Woohoo! Less junk/more awesome for our modestly-sized house!
In all honesty, I wish we could limit what other people give them, as well, but we don’t do that. I get easily overwhelmed by too much stuff all at once, but others will do as they please, and we say “thank you”. 🎁
Edited to add:
The whole “Santa thing”. Meh. Not that into it. I’ll let him give them the stocking stuffers, but I think that’s it, I don’t know. I would rather not focus on Santa. I’m weird like that! I don’t do “Elf on the Shelf” either. I KNOW! What kind of suburban, white, middle class, stay-at-home-mom, am I?! Hehe.