Twas five days before Xmas and all through the house,
No kids were fighting or making a fuss.
My presents were wrapped and placed under the tree,
School was now done until January.
All snuggled in blankies were the boys on the couch,
So, over my Macbook I tried to slouch.
It was mama's time to blog and I put on my thinking cap,
Cause this was the closest my kids would ever get to a nap.
Between having my youngest home full time and holiday prep, I've barely had time to shower on a regular basis, let alone post any new blogs. At this very moment, I am "watching" old Looney Tunes Christmas shows with the kids and hoping they'll stay quiet long enough for me to finish this post. All I have to do is nod when they address me, then I answer "we'll see" to every question they ask. It gives them the illusion that I am actually paying attention while buying myself precious minutes to write. Hey, at least I'm sitting with them. That's got to count for something, right?
I haven't exactly been in the Christmas spirit lately. My mind has been preoccupied with M's new diagnosis, my break up with Z's daycare, and a badly-timed basement/playroom reorg that I can't seem to finish. I hurriedly did all my shopping online last week and managed to toss the three dozen presents into overpriced gift bags. (There was no time to waste on paper, tape or ribbon.) I spent a whole day handwriting Christmas cards and cursing myself for not sending holiday cheer via email instead. Plus, my lopsided tree looks like it could use a makeover. I guess you could call it shabby chic. OK, maybe just shabby. I contemplated leaving it bare until my kids made me feel like a grinch Tuesday night. Blame it on fatigue, the abnormally bad weather, or my busy calendar, but Christmas was starting to feel like such a chore this year.
So from my family to yours, I wish you a holiday brimming with thousands of happy little moments. xoxo
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!” (Clement Clarke Moore)