This was a year of change. For 51 years, I’ve celebrated Christmas in my mother’s home. As our numbers increased, the stress became more than necessary. For Christmas this year, my mom and family came to my house. On Christmas eve, all the kids made gingerbread houses.
We cleaned up the mess and started laying out the food. Instead of a meal, we decided on finger foods and had TOO MUCH! We ate all afternoon, evening, half the night, the next day and had enough left to feed an army! It was all good!
My entire family attended the candle light service at our church. This is the first time we’ve done this and I was touched to the core. To have all of us in God’s house to celebrate the birth of Jesus was overwhelming to me. We took up two pews!
We returned to my house, all TWENTY-THREE of us to have a little fun with Dirty Santa and eat some more. Ughhh!
We had a little entertainment from the bouncing off the walls set.
We were serenaded with a little “You Better Watch Out” and some Metallica.
Some storytelling by Des.
Some tall tales by my brother and nephew.
You might have noticed our 31 year old tradition of matching jammies. This year the kids all got new booties and I made their boxers.
I got a big hug for my hard work! (Plus some jammies and hot socks for myself!!)
We finally crashed – all the kids in my room.
Keith and I ended up with Kelsey.
About 5:30 we checked and Santa had left our goodies!
My son got a lottery scratch off in his stocking and won $5,000.
Or so he thought….fake!
We had a wonderful time and it went by too quickly. Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!
Happy Birthday to my better half. The best partner, daddy, papa and Wild Hog in the universe. You’re the most unselfish, hard-working, loyal man I’ve ever known. I love being loved by you and I hope you know how very much you are loved and appreciated. Our life is as good as it gets because of you.
I love you forever and always…..Kim
I’m mom to three girls – and while there is occasional drama, we’ve managed to work through the growing up issues pretty smoothly (so far, anyway). My oldest was always quiet and thoughtful and she’s grown into a confident, caring young woman with definite opinions. My middle daughter was the busy bee – and she’s like a butterfly, putting her sweet, but definite imprint on the priorities in her life. My youngest is a mixture of all of us – she’s a little shy, but very loving and totally ornery. The parenting skills I developed while raising the girls include:
- the evil mommy look – and they respond:
I’m blessed with one son. He’s a free spirit, has never met a stranger and loves what he loves with passion. Little children adore him, he has the patience and kindness to get right down on their level for as long as they want. Big guys like him. He has a charisma that attracts the female crowd – I remember him at age 4 skating around the rink with 10 year old girls on each arm. The evil eye does not work with my son – nor apparently with the young women who call at all hours. (Where are their moms?)
Anyway, I’ve found I need some other parenting technique, as he will wink back, smile and proceed to do some daredevil stunt that makes my heart stop. My husband is little help – he shares some of the things he did with his 2 brothers. Bless his mom’s heart!
That said, “Boys will be boys” doesn’t always work at our house. Last week was one of those times when he made a particularly bad choice. Initially I was stunned, then I was mad and I’ll admit I did not know what to do. I found out quickly that yelling at him was having no effect. I then did what any responsible mother would do. I took him to get a tetanus shot. And I lectured him some more. And some more.
My sister-in-law had mentioned buying the book “Life Strategies for Teens” by Jay McGraw (son of How’s-That-Working-For-Ya? Dr. Phil). I got it out and assigned it as homework to my wayward little man-child. I’m reading a chapter at night, then he reads it the next day and we talk about it. The book is based on the 10 “Life Laws” that Dr. Phil has written about – but it is translated into a teen’s perspective. My son isn’t quite a teen, but we’re getting a head start.
We’ve finished the intro and Nicholas actually made a list in his journal of the life laws. He was particularly intrigued by the first one “Either You Get It – Or You Don’t”, and he thinks it specifically applies to me. It will be his reading assignment today and I’m anxious to hear his take on it afterward.
Anyway, here is my list of parenting techniques for boys:
- grounding (although restricting activity does have merit)
- redirection (worked until age 3)
- evil eye
- sitting on him
I’m totally open to suggestion.
Sometimes I don’t seem to get anything marked off my list – but then, my list seems really unimportant at times.
This week, I’ve finished a few projects, and still have a few more that I plan to mark off my list this weekend!
I bought 3 of these little tubs at a yard sale and made this one into a centerpiece using pine cones from my neighbor’s yard.
This one is a gift, but for the moment looks right at home on my table.
I have 3 little trees flanking my fireplace, decorated with white lights. In a magazine I received, a long, skinny Santa hat was used as a tree topper. I used some extra flannel and a piece of sherpa to make my own.
I finally got the silhouettes framed for over my piano. This is in our study/library. All I did was take a profile picture shot, darken, print it on dark card-stock and cut it out. I turned the actual photo part to the backside. The “UpperCase Living” letters were custom made with the words I chose and I put them directly on the glass so I can change up the picture if/when I want to.
I finished and wrapped the aprons for my grandaughters. Kelsey is just 2 and has asked Santa for her own kitchen. In addition to her apron, she has a couple of pot holders, dish towels and wash cloths. I can’t wait for her to bake me a cake!
Kali is much older, seven, so she’s sharing her Mom’s kitchen at this point. Both aprons are reversable and are tagged “Handmade by Nana”.
Next I have to finish 7 pairs of matching boxer shorts and a couple of custom OU girlfan tops and I can put up the machines for 2008.