Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Christmas Newsletter That Will Give You a Toothache

I look forward to receiving all the Christmas cards each year with all the updated pics of my friends' kids. But getting a Christmas Newsletter is a rare gem indeed! 

We have a friend who I have always thought was a little over the top with her attempts at creating the 'picture perfect family' persona.  From all the Facebook updates, to the family blog and now the newsletter, it's so damn sweet, it's giving me a toothache!

She's the type to use phrases such as 'play date' and say that all that she's ever wanted to be is a mom.  She is one of those who was a teacher before she had kids, and now she is a cherished stay-at-home mom, the 'greatest job you could ever have'. *blech*  She couldn't possibly continue to work as a teacher and keep up all the responsibilities at home, heavens no!   

Here are some of the most sugary sweet highlights from the newsletter (with the theme of "It's a Wonderful Life"):
  • My husband is definitely my George Bailey.  He continues to fulfill my dreams in making it possible for me to be at home as a full time mom and raise our family in the town we grew up and fell in love in.
  • My days are filled with trips to the park, library, Costco, disciplining, potty training, laundry, my beloved bible study, play dates with friends, catching up on Facebook, loving on my kiddos, etc.
  • ....I finally cleared my credential (just for safe keeping)...
  • ...Some of my favorite things about [our new home] are the floor plan, the view of the back yard from the kitchen sink, the play room (sent from heaven), the location (2 minutes away from my parents!)...
2 minutes from your parents is considered an asset?!! Yikes! Poor husband!  He has to work two jobs so she can feather her nest and then be 2 minutes from her parents in their home town.  This is unfathomable to me.  I prefer to keep my family 2 states away, thanks.

Even if I was a stay-at-home mom, I know I would be involved in my profession to some degree and volunteering and doing things independent from my family bubble.  Hell, I work, freelance and volunteer!  She is so opposite me in these character traits that so annoy me, it's amazing that we can even be in the same room together. 

She knows little about financial matters - her husband handles all that.  She fell apart when her brother, his wife and children moved out of state because she couldn't handle not seeing them regularly.  She gets very bent out of shape and emotional when things do not go the way they 'should' or when her husband acts out of the character she wants him to be (George Bailey).   She doesn't understand why anyone would want to drink a non-alcoholic beer when they're pregnant - "Does it really taste that good?" - YES it does.

I could go on and on, but will save it for another day.  I need to go treat my toothache.

Note to self: time to make some more working mom friends.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tis the Season

My heart is slowing warming to the Christmas season.  I've done some minor damage to my bank account/credit card and got several thoughtful gifts purchased.  I still have to shop for Mom and all the teachers/caregivers in our lives.  I fool myself into thinking that I'll bake bread or cookies for gifts.  Maybe this weekend...

Last night we saw a wonderful play of Christmas Story at A's preschool.  Definitely put us in the spirit a little more. We have the lights up and the tree up and the advent calendar up (even though we're not keeping up with it.) 

I've been to one great Christmas party so far, and have three more to go - including my own! Yes, we are hosting an 'Ugly Sweater Ice Skating Party'! It's going to be so fun and wacky.  No pressure, casual and very festive!  Since it's at the rink, there will be no clean up or cooking involved. Score!  The girls have never been ice skating so that will make it all the more fun!

Friday is J's work Christmas party, next Wednesday is my work Christmas party and following Saturday our ice skating party.  Someone else invited me to an all girls, no kids Christmas party on a Thursday night.  Practically impossible to attend without making me crazy.  Interesting how everyone is having 'girls only' parties these days.  Nothing wrong with it - just makes it tricky for working moms who need to scramble to get someone to watch the kids.  And I despise scrambling!

I'm really looking forward to flying to WA for Christmas! The girls are going to really enjoy seeing rain/snow, their cousins, aunts/uncles and of course crotchety ol' grandma!  I hear it's 20 degrees right now.  We'll have to seriously bundle up. I might need to bring a space heater since the fam keeps their houses at 60 degrees. They always laugh at how bundled I get and still shiver - INDOORS!  It's been a year since we've been there, so I know the girls are going to love their visit.  They are such a cute duo of sisterhood. It's fun seeing the world through their eyes.  Makes all the holiday hassle totally worth it!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Bahumbug!

This Christmas season is starting off on a bad foot. I am so grouchy and anti-Christmas right now.  I don't want to go shopping and battle crowds of people. I don't want to spend money I don't have. I refuse to carry a balance on my credit card anymore. I don't want to buy things for people that they don't need or want. I don't want to fill up our house with more toys and crap. 

I am trying to keep in mind the 'reason for the season' and God's love for us.  I want to donate and volunteer and help people less fortunate.  I just feel that I have nothing to give and no time to give either.  It's frustrating.

On the radio this morning on the Christian channel, they were talking about 'Global Gifts' that you can give to people in 3rd World countries to help them and that really caught my attention.  I want to try it out.  You can donate money to buy people or villages a chicken, a fishing pond, a cow, a year of school for a child, etc.  Now that's a present!

Baking cookies or making bread sounds like an affordable gift too that I might try out too.  And just tote it with me on the plane to go home.  yikes. 

I am peeved with my commute, going to work and dealing with Boss Man too.  Aggravating.  I really try to keep it all in perspective, but it is not easy this week.  My patience is very thin with everyone and everything.  I pray for comfort and insight and energy to sustain me.  Oh, and enthusiasm too. 

Daughter A sang a beautiful Christmas song in the car this morning and it really melted my heart.  She has just a sweet angelic voice, especially when singing about Jesus.  I love hearing her sing.  I will carry her song in my heart to get me through the day.  (At least until lunch...)