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A Letter to Santa From This Gal

I don’t homeschool.  Not sure that I will.  (I guess you could make the argument that I do homeschool since I don’t send my kids to public school or anything, but really, they’re 2 and 20 months old and homeschool moms do way more than I do.)

But I read Simple Homeschool blog.  I just like it.  Especially this article on a Letter to Saint Nick. Go read it – it’s great.  If I could write my own, this is what I would say.

Dear Santa,

I’m not sure that I’ve been very good this year. But I have produced another wonderful kid into this world, so please count that as being good, k? K.

This is my Christmas list.

1. Please help me to create a home that I love, and not a home that I think ‘people who don’t live here’ would love.

2. Please remind me that I don’t have great DIY skills and shouldn’t attempt too many complicated things. Scratch that, I’ll just go look at the bad paint job in my powder room – that’s enough of a reminder.

3. Can you make it so that my children sleep during the hours that I go to work, so that I don’t miss too much? I mean, I want them to sleep at night too…but if they could just pass by the time that I’m gone, that’d be great.

4. Can you help me to just magically know how to encourage my husband better? I try and I try and I get it right like 90% of the time, but the remaining 10% of the time, I usually end up looking like a dork. On an unrelated note…

5. Can you help Jeff to not notice my gray hairs (like he did yesterday)? It’s nice that he was shocked when he noticed them…but, well, he did notice them. (And please consider my tummy as an unspoken Christmas request.)

6. I’d like my blog to be, well, bloggier. I’ve become gunshy lately about posting stuff because some random stranger wrote a mean comment about how bad of a writer I am. So if you could remind me of my audience (me), that’d be nice.

7. I don’t mind doing the work of decorating our new-to-us house for Christmas, but I’m kind of overwhelmed by how to go about doing it. And after-Christmas sales are about to be here, so if you could drop some great ideas my way (you know of stuff I actually can do), I’d really appreciate it.

8. I’d like to discover some really awesome, totally tasty new recipes that are healthy and easy. (Oh, and if you can make watermelon also be a winter crop here in Nebraska, I’d totally adore that. I miss the produce stand watermelons.)

9. Can I get assurance that I’ll actually like driving a mini-van when the time comes? I mean, I see how easy that they seem to make family’s lives and I know my days of a Toyota Corolla are numbered and I know that more kids = minivan, but I’m still not looking forward to it. Tell me that I’ll look cool.

10. I’d like my photography skills to magically get better. Just poof! Great pictures of all the great moments that we have.

So, Santa – that’s my list. I’ll totally see to it that you get some milk and cookies if you can do even half of these things. k? K.

Sincerely,

Jayme

P.S. Help me stick to my grocery budget, too?  That’d be really swell!

P.P.S. Since you read this, I’ll show you pictures of a cute kid wrestling with his dad.

WrestlingCollage

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Favorite Christmas Videos

We don’t really watch much TV.  Well, not as much as some, but certainly more than others, I guess.  When The Voice is on, I watch it.  And then we catch Wheel of Fortune 2-3 times a week.  And Jeff & I usually watch Last Man Standing and The Shark Tank on Friday nights.  But that’s about it.  We do watch Netflix though.

All that’s to say that I haven’t watched many Christmas shows this season.  I don’t even know when they’re on.  I’m guessing when the kids are older, we’ll make it a point to watch Charlie Brown Christmas or How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  And I’m pretty sure Jeff will insist on watching It’s A Wonderful Life a time or two.

But I have watched a few Christmas videos on Youtube.  Some are just commercials.  Some are songs. But here are my favorites.

Social Networking Christmas

(I first shared this one 3 years ago — wow, how time flies!)

WestJet Christmas

As fun as it would be to be on the receiving end of this, it would’ve been a bigger blast to be on the giving end!  Can you imagine that company meeting where they asked for people willing to help?

Hallejulah Chorus by Monks

 

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Links to Like

Here are some things out on the interwebz that I’ve liked lately.

Things a Mom Does For A Picture.  I will never get this kid’s expression out of my mind.  Next time I’m having a bad day, I’m going here.  Instant smiles.

Why I Lost Faith In the Pro-Choice Movement.  A gal explains what turned her opinion from pro-choice to pro-life.  A quote: “But when I took a hard look behind the closed doors of the pro-choice movement, and demanded full information, and acknowledged the dignity of women of all ages (even those not yet born), and asked hard questions about what women’s reproductive freedom really means, that is when I became pro-life.”

Project Life.  A way of scrapbooking made easy.  I don’t use this method, but I hear many, many wonderful things about it.

5 Things I’ve Learned in the First Year of Being a Mom.  Not written by me (I’m not there yet!), but I love many of the things she says.  One thing that really hit home with me: “If you happen to look like you’re fourteen years old, they’ll give you even more unsolicited advice (don’t ask me how I know that!).  At first, I was offended by this.  I wanted to defend my mothering skills (though in fact I often didn’t—and don’t—always feel confident in them).  I began to realize, though, that it was my pride that felt the need to insist that I had it all together.”

Lay Me Down By Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman.  One of my new faves!

All good stuff!

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Weddings: Pinterest Style

I was talking with a dad a while back and he told me how his 13-year-old daughter is already pinning wedding ideas on pinterest.  I don’t know if it’s a major problem or not, but I think that’s pretty common. When my sister and I were in elementary school, we’d devour the latest JC Penney catalog section that had wedding and bridesmaid dresses.  Pinterest is to young girls what JC Penney was for me.

But pinterest is more than just theoretical wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses.  They are pictures of real life brides, real life hair styles, real life photos, real life programs and receptions.  20 years ago, if you wanted to get ideas for your wedding, you had to cut things out of magazines or from weddings that you’ve been to.  Today the comparision isn’t with the few weddings you’ve personally been to – instead its with the hundreds that are online.  Thousands if you start looking at wedding stuff when you’re 13!

It can become a crazy game if you let it.  If you compare your wedding to the best that’s out there on the internet, you’ll feel disappointed.  It can be hard to forget when you’re in the middle of planning, but your wedding isn’t about the best programs or the reception or the dresses or hairstyles.  Look at pinterest.  Get ideas.  Find out what options are out there.  But remember: your wedding is a success if, at the end of the day, you’re married.  It isn’t the best day of your life – at least it shouldn’t be, but it is the first day of your marriage.  And that’s a wonderful thing!

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If I had my way…

If I had my way:

  • Toilets, like ovens, would be self-cleaning.
  • Coca-Cola would sell a variety pack: 6 Cokes, 6 Diet Cokes, 6 Cherry Cokes and 6 Sprites…that’d be great for a party!
  • Grocery stores would tell you a month in advance what will be on sale each week.
  • Chipotle would have a drive thru.
  • There’d be a heating & cooling system that would keep your house at the right temperature even on days when it starts out super cold, then goes to hot within a few hours.  One temperature = that’s what you get.
  • A Starbucks Carmel Apple Spice wouldn’t cost $23.90/gallon.
  • Window blinds would be self-cleaning too.
  • Cable companies would let you order channels ala-carte.  I could get just HGTV without all the other stuff.
  • Nebraska Huskers would be on a non-cable channel each week.

I’m probably not going to get my way, am I?

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Coca Cola Ad

There are some amazingly talented people out there that put together commercials.  I’m not one of them.  The best I can do is enjoy their work.  Here is one such ad that I enjoyed.

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Guilty of any of these?  I am!

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The Dating Divas had a great birthday idea that anyone could use. Basically, she just arranged for 28 birthday letters to be sent to her husband on his birthday – written by family and friends.  Genuis!  Check it out!

There’s nothing that says you have to do this for a husband. Do it for a roommate.  A mom.  A sister.  A friend.  No reason not to!

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I know that if I ever did this, I would die.  Or would want to from all the pain I’m in.  Kudos to them for the bravery I don’t have!

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I’m not a big celebrator of St. Patrick’s Day. Here’s the extent of my celebrations:

  • When we were kids, I’d wear green to school. I think my mom even used food coloring once or twice to ‘dye’ my thumb green.
  • My mom used to make Reuben sandwiches for dinner. Not my thing, but I loved the Kraft Mac & Cheese that she served with it.
  • Occasionally, I’ll make a green dessert. This Wednesday, for work, I made green cookies with chocolate chips and mint chips.
  • Once, in college, I went to a Surge party. Remember Surge? It was a green pop. They had all kinds of drinking games just with that beverage instead of beer. Disgusting drink. Not that fun of a party, but I’m not a big party girl.

That’s it. That’s as much as I’ve celebrated. Lately, I’ve seen some good ideas for “celebrating” that are kind of fun. Do you have roommates? Co-workers?  Friends?  Family? Try some of these out on them – it could be quite fun!

(Yes, I know traditionally people ‘celebrate’ St. Patrick’s Day with lots of drinking. So some people could say that they don’t want to do anything that links up with that. Your call. These are just ideas that I think are fun!)

Note: On these, click the pictures to go to the website that has the details.

Dye the milk green!
(Hopefully, no one is going to try to use the milk in baked potato soup and end up with green soup!)

Switch shoe laces to green ribbon!

Decorate a doorway with a rainbow!

Tell Some St. Patrick’s Jokes!

Recipe: Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe: Grasshopper Mint Cookies

 

Recipe: Slow Cooker Reuben Sandwiches

 

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