Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Exhaustion

It's now 5 days after Christmas & I'm finally feeling like my coffee induced bubbly self again. At the two day after mark I wasn't the brightest bulb on the tree. The effects of toy, family, pig out & let your belly bulge were at record high exhaustion levels. Tuesday at 8:30 A.M. I had an appointment for a recall on my Toyota. Lyla & I scrambled to get out the door, on the highway and pull into the garage bay at the dealership with negative 3 minutes to spare. I say good morning to the man who greeted us, hand over my paperwork and begin to exit the car when he says, "You're at Nissan, Toyota is two dealerships down the street on the right." AWESOME! hahaha Thank you Santa for the 2lbs of Dunkin Donuts coffee beans, perhaps I should have tried harder to fit in a cup of coffee before I headed out to make an ass of myself in public. DOH!

Our crafty Christmas tree was the easiest clean up EVAH! "Lyla, grab an ornament, head to the trash and throw it out." She loved it, back and forth to the tree & trash barrel singing "pick'n up, pick'n up, me and mama pick'n up" and before you knew it the tree was bare & ready to be boxed up for another year. Lyla did have one toss refusal, the cardboard, jute doggy bone we'd made for Oscar was set aside to see another year.

By the time Wednesday rolled around I was still a bit groggy, but ready for a night out a.k.a. part time job. Oh, how I look forward to a handful of hours away from the "home" work. As I was ironing my uniform, Lyla, said "Mama, you working tonight?" ..."Yes, Mama is going to make some money tonight, Mem is coming to play and then daddy will be home"..."Mama, I gotta tell you something." These words are part of the new phase I like to call Toddler Truths. She runs to the cabinet we store our baking staples in, pulls out the small tub of rainbow jimmies and says "Daddy let me eat THESE when you work! only a little bit."
BUSTED! hahaha
I told Daddy she ratted him out on the rainbow sprinkles & he claimed it happened once, either way she hasn't forgotten & will likely carry the sweet tooth memory of Daddy feeding her spoonfuls of rainbow jimmies into the New Year! ...every memory should be so sweet.


Friday, December 23, 2011

Two days before Christmas. I'm bubbling with excitement...it may be the anticipation of seeing the magic of the Season through my daughters eyes or it could be the bubbly I'm drinking..probably a splash of both. We've finished decorating our tree with crafty creations, we've purchased all the tasty treats & lip smacking food we'll devour in the name of Holiday Celebration & now we wait to do the Merry Christmas Shuffle. Lyla is on an overnight with Grammy and Grampa...dare I say I'm bored?! I'm not the only one...the dog is doing laps looking for his BFF. I've done all I can to prepare & I sit here half wishing I'd left some loose ends to tie up, the other half is thrilled to not feel like I'm at the end of my rope.. stuck in traffic and lines with people who are billowing bah hum bug energy. Perhaps after another glass of the bubbly I'll figure out the best way to spend my toddler free time two days before Santa spreads his 'you've been a good little girl cheer', but until then I'm off to play Words With Friends (hopefully there are others who are sitting behind their screens and not dealing with the last minute pressures of Christmas), pour myself another glass of stress free bubbling happy juice & watch a movie with the dog. If I find myself watching Children's programming, I'm definitely in need of getting a life!


Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas!


Monday, December 19, 2011

me & my shadow trip'n through another day

My shadow has six legs, four of which are always hairy.
My two legs are on occasion...fury.

My shadow wears hula skirts in December while singing 'jingle bells'.
I have never worn a hula skirt.

My shadow loves to bake doggie treats, as well as, eat them.
I prefer gummy bears as a treat...my shadow wouldn't kick a gummy out their mouths, either.

My shadow hops over shadows on the ground & chases it's tail.
I sometimes feel like I'm chasing my tail & try to never step on the cracks!

My shadow wants everything that is mine to call 'theirs'.
I call it 'ours' and then put it away where only I can reach it.

My shadow is excited for Christmas.
I, too, am excited for Christmas.


Where does the time go? This month is a blurr...I don't get it, I bought and wrapped all Santa's gifts in the fall so, I wouldn't be too busy to enjoy the build up of Christmas, then...I blinked and now, Santa is only 6 nights away. Holy Sleigh! We've been continuing to work on our crafty Christmas tree, there have been a couple near casualties, but we mended and as Lyla instructs "hang it higher!"
We're planning our Christmas Day menu, last year was Italian, the year before we cooked up our very own Chinese spread..we've decided this year will be Mexican. Nachos, Enchiladas, Fajitas, Salsas, Mole & Margarita's.
Lyla & I bought a Christmas Donkey pinata. I took Dominick the Christmas Donkey out of the closet the other day and realized it's a horse...so, we'll imagine it's a donkey.

...my shadow is chasing itself and whining...gotta run!

Monday, December 12, 2011

our crafty additions

Here are the ornaments we crafted last week & hung on our Oh Crafty Christmas tree.
Super inexpensive. felt, paper plates, scrapbook paper, jute, glue, button, all things we had at home. we did buy a 3 ornament foam set at the dollar store for a buck, I put the basic pieces together and let Lyla have creative control, she chose to show more depth with the ornaments and created a white backdrop & feathered the border with her scissors, for the gift box & snowflake..the puppy that was to sit in the gift box and the snowman she gave to the dog. he managed to create countless itty bitty ornaments for the floor.



Friday, December 9, 2011

a room full of strangers

I survived my first, mostly strangers, Children's Birthday party. Our neighbors, whom I only know in passing..damn, Who or Whom? I always forget the rule...anyway...mommy neighbor brought over an invite for her middle daughters 5th Birthday. Their youngest daughter is a little older than Lyla, they've played a few times together out in the yards. Our neighbors had bought the house across the street a few months before we'd bought ours a couple years ago. Now that Lyla is getting older I suspect we'll do more playing with the neighbors so, attending this birthday is probably the first in a long line of birthdays. I did skim my 'how to avoid party & not be an ass' bank..but there weren't many options that wouldn't have had my guilt meter hit'n the red. My husband on the other hand...no guilt on him, he was dead set against going and making small talk with strangers in a house full of kids high on frosting! He played the 'I've been sick all week and need this weekend to rest up' card. It's laughable.
We went shopping for a gift. Everything Lyla suggested was an item on her Christmas list. Obviously, she was shopping for herself...I should have caught on after the 5th time she told me it was HER Birthday, but I hadn't had a coffee yet. It took us an entire morning to understand we were buying something for someone else &we couldn't keep it. On her Birthday in April, she could pick out toys for herself. Made it home just in time to shower and head off across the street. When we first walked in I wanted to run back in the other direction, but instead headed straight for the caffeine hopped sugar high in a can, cracked it open & there in my hand was my room full of strangers icebreaker! Thank You Coca Cola for the White Christmas can & Thank You to all the complainers in the world...'whah, it doesn't taste like Coca Cola from a white can, the can must be red. whah, I don't want to pay attention so please keep color coding regular and diet coca cola cans for me. My opening line.. "Tastes fine to me."
Nearly two hours later.. full on Papa Gino's pizza, chips, cheese, crackers & plenty of laughs later, it was time to head home, handful of balloons flying above hour heads, plate full of cupcakes in hand and smiles on both of our faces. In the words of Dora "we did it!" Now I question why I had anxiety over it to begin with...silly Mama.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Oh, Christmas Tree..OH, Crafty Christmas Tree...

The dog ate my blog, scraps of paper covered with my handwriting strewed the floor. What the Blog?! I realize he's just 8 months old with an urge to chew, but he has bones for that. My puppy has a paper addiction. Toilet. Tissue. Notebook. Napkin. He can't get enough. He also has a thing for bright and shiny. We unpacked our tree, yes our tree comes from a box, not the ground..but an artificial tree is better than no tree, which would be the case considering my husbands allergies. He's allergic to Christmas...Trees. I'm not entirely sure what kind, but rather than send him for testing and risk having to toss out my cheer before Christmas ever again I'll play it safe with fake pine needles. Fa la la la la there we were, Lyla & myself connecting top, middle and bottom, fanning our branches and plugged it in. I turned for a moment & turned back to see Oscar twitch and a portion of the tree go black. NOOO! Seriously, Dog? I've already struggled through the child put everything in her mouth stage must I endure puppy mouthing the world too?! What the Mouth!? Thanks, buddy. Awesome. & before I could grab his collar and give him a stern warning he's neck deep in the tree. twitch. & now the entire bottom half of the tree is dark. lights out. BAH HUMBUG! I took a long deep breath. Put the dog in his crate & headed back to begin Operation Tree Light. Didn't take long, used my scissors to cut and splice the wires back together, twisted them up and wrapped them securely with electrical tape. Tah-Dah! It works once again...sure it's missing a couple lights, but I wouldn't have had this story to share because The Dog ate my other Blog. :) So, it's a half backwards Thank You to Oscar for misbehaving.
Once I had the tree up and shining again & relief was tingling through my body I knew unpacking the keepsakes to hang on the tree was a no go this year. Too much curiosity & rambunctiousness ruling this roost. I saw flashes of Lyla and Oscar standing around shattered glass with the 'he did it'..'she did it' eyes gazing up at me. Heck NO! A toddler handcrafted ornament tree it will be. So far we've hung snowflakes, paper stockings decorated with stickers, a fairy wearing a red garland dress with pink hair and a tiny head..reminiscent of the tiny head scene in Beetlejuice..Um, I just aged myself.., Mickey Mouse & his gang garland made from toilet paper rolls and scrapbook paper, a red & green Christmas countdown chain & a glittery pine cone. Oh what fun it is to create a tree full of ornaments! Hey! ...that cost next to nothing & are the perfect time filler for December craft hours.