Wednesday, December 28, 2011
I am okay at getting gifts for Dave. Some years I think of something totally awesome, and other years I just can't think of anything. Dave is not gracious when he doesn't get something good. He totally has disappointment written all over his face. The first year we were married I didn't wrap Dave's stocking stuffers. Mine were never wrapped so I didn't even think of it. Dave was so disappointed I swear it ruined his Christmas! And he was not afraid to show it.
Long story short, Rock Band for the Wii is no longer made. I looked on KSL but only found sellers who were offering it with the Wii console, which I didn't need. I decided I would call everyone of them to see if anyone would sell me just the Rock Band. I asked Kelly to come with me in case the KSL posters were murderers trying to lure me in with their sweet "Rock Band". She agreed and we planned to go the next morning. That night we were going to go to Temple Square to see the lights. Well, the first person I text from KSL agreed to sell her Rock Band to me at a crazy awesome price, I knew if I waited til the next morning it would be gone (she had just posted it that day). So I text Kelly and she HAD PLANS WHICH DID NOT INCLUDE GOING WITH ME TO AVOID BEING MURDERED! So here is our text conversation, so Dave can fully appreciate the trouble we went to for this awesome gift (which is SO MUCH FUN!!!) I also had to make up a lame excuse to him as to why we weren't going to Temple Square. It was easy with the kids, they were disappointed until they found out they were going to play with cousins.
So I text Kelly...
Me: She just text me back and is giving me an awesome deal. Can you go today at 4:30?
Kelly: Boo, I have to pick jeremy up at 430 & Zack has a practice at 445. Would it help at all for u to drop the kids off while u go? I guess that doesn't solve the problem of u getting murdered...
Me: That would be great, but do you think Trev could come with me?
Kelly: Can Trev come with u to possibly witness and or be murdered? I'm sure he'd love to!
Me: Great, I'll pick him up at 4.
I'm so glad Trev (and Lance!) could go be my protectors and it was all worth it because Dave loves it and so do I (and Allie)!
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Maci: (age ALMOST ONE!!!) I'm a little worried about Maci's post. I don't want any other mom's to feel bad if there babies are a little, well, slow. Just remember, all babies learn at a different pace, and just because Maci is a little more advanced than most babies, it's no reason for other (lesser?) mother's out there to feel bad. But, it's true, just this week at just shy of one year old, my baby Maci has LEARNED TO CRAWL!!! I know. It's crazy. I should probably consider contacting the Discovery channel or something. I sense a "genius babies" special in her very near future. Now, she's not doing it consistently quite yet, but after months of watching her drag her little gut along the floor, she is occasionally getting up on all fours. If she's not careful she might be walking before the age of 2!
We also discovered tonight that she can climb up stairs. I wasn't sure if Dave put her in bed or left her downstairs, so I asked. He walked into the front room and said, "well I THOUGHT she was downstairs but she's right here." She had the biggest smile on her face and was so proud of her accomplishment! (Stair climbing AND crawling in the same week? Uh-oh. Looks like I've got a little over-achiever on my hands!)
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
#1: You are not TOO busy. Promise. Most who know me know it is my biggest pet peeve to hear people moan and groan about how busy they are (sometimes it's like a contest, I swear!) but this is not acceptable during Christmas. The most important thing is making memories, keeping traditions, spending time with family, and learning about the birth of Jesus. Almost all other things can be set aside. You do not have to say yes to each and every invitation that comes your way.
#2: Go ahead and shop in advance. If you are waiting for a Christmas bonus, that's fine. BUT please be sure you know all the things you want and how you are going to purchase them (online or in store? If in store, what store?) I saw this mom at Target complaining about how bad she HATES CHRISTMAS SHOPPING THIS CLOSE TO CHRISTMAS. You know what? I love it. Probably because I really don't NEED anything. My Christmas shopping has been done for months (in my head). One thing I knew I wanted I kept my eyes open and found the sweetest deal ever and ran to the store to grab it.
#3: My friend's husband had the day off work and I told her she should be out doing something fun. She said, "it's hard to have fun when you don't have money." But really, it's not. I proceeded to give her a list of things she can do for free or very cheap. Please contact me if you need any ideas, but don't cause yourself huge amounts of financial stress at Christmas. If your financial situation doesn't allow you to buy the things you want this year, make it special for your children in whatever way you can. Memories and traditions are what they will remember.
(You are welcome for that helpful list-may it make your season brighter.) Here are some things we have done to make our season bright:
Took the kids to Chuck E Cheese. Maci had lots of fun but was not so good at Deal or No Deal.