Travis is off from work for a few days this week. He has a much needed break. Today we took the kids to a movie. This was a real treat as we do not go to the movies very often. The last movie we seen in the theater was Shrek the Third. That was probably two years ago. Today we seen Marley and Me. It was a very funny, cute and sad movie. I of course cried almost through the whole movie. I'm such a cry baby. I cry in all movies and tv shows. But this one was sad not just for me but for Travis too. He didn't cry though. But it tugged at his heart strings. I want tell you about it in case you plan to see it. I do highly recommend it. I seen mixed reviews some people said it was not very appropriate for kids, but my kids didn't pick up on any adult content that was there.
Let me just say when we came home we gave Cody and Chi Chi some much needed loving. I'm sure lots of dogs get lots of attention after that movie.
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and spent lots of time with loved ones. We had a really great Christmas, but its good to get back to normal. We started our festivities on Tuesday night and had something everyday through yesterday, Friday. That was five places total because we went to two on Christmas day. We feel very blessed that we have so many loved ones to spend the holidays with, but sometimes it gets a little overwhelming. Now we have to make room for all the new things that the kids recieved.
They really had a wonderful Christmas. Santa brought Colton a 22 rifle for youth and gun stuff. He was so excited he is really getting into hunting now. He got a hunting light and coon squaller from his grandparents. So he is ready for the woods. He got tons more but I can't remember everything.
Santa brought Emma her first sewing machine. She was so excited because she threw a holy fit for it in Jo Ann's a few months back, so I went back and got it. She also got an art easel, that I found at an antique store. It's not an antique and it was practically brand new, with a chalkboard on one side and dry erase on the other. She loved it. She also got some holly hobbie stuff and clothes. She got tons more too.
Overall we had a wonderful Christmas and I think everyone got exactly what they wanted.
It's incredibly cold out today. In the 30's with wind chills down in the single digits. But on Christmas Day it's supposed to get back up to the fifties and sixties. Crazy...I would like to have a little snow for Christmas. I don't think either one of my kids have gotten to experience any snow at Christmas time. Well neither one of them have seen much snow at all. The past few years our winters have been really mild. Anyway I guess I won't complain. I know that people up north are digging out of lots of snow and would probably like 60 degree weather for Christmas. We are never happy...when it comes to weather anyway!
C hrist child- the reason for the season! H ome the best place to be with family! R ich not with money, but too many blessings to count! I s the most wonderful time of year! S leigh bells ring...are you listening! T oys, toys, and more toys! M omma's Christmas breakfast...Yummy! A nother year of health and happiness for our family! S weets for everyone! Okay so on my last post I hadn't gotten into the spirit of Christmas yet. Well I have finally gotten there the weekend before Christmas. I finished my shopping on Wednesday and I baked my cookies for the teachers. I wrapped a few presents, but still have the kids to do. Why did I not wrap them during the day while they were at school? Now I have to try to sneak around to wrap them with the kids here. Sometimes I'm not very smart.
I was just thinking about what Christmas means and this was a few things. I want our Christmas to be about Jesus' birth most importantly, but also family and love. We have so much to be thankful for this year and I want to be sure that we remember it. We may of not been able to spend hundreds of dollars on our kids for Christmas, but they are still very lucky there are many kids that don't get anything. We all seem to stress so much and think we have to get them exactly everything they ask for or they aren't going to be happy. But you know what if we have raised them to be greatful and appreciate all that they have and recieve then they should be happy with anything. I think parents make a bigger deal about Christmas than the kids. I mean the people that paid hundreds of dollars for a Tickle me Elmo a few years back were crazy. They were trying to buy there kids love. Yeah maybe the kid cried and begged for it, but so what. It takes the parents to say no, I still love you but your not getting a stuffed animal that I have to pay five hundred dollars for. Where do you draw the line. If your willing to pay that much for a stuffed animal for a four year old, what will her first car be, a porshe.
We all need to remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. Its not about toys, Santa, reindeer, food and candy. It's Jesus' birthday and if it wasn't for him we would not have eternal life in heaven.
We have really tried to make Christmas fun for our kids without overdoing it. Some may think we spend too much and some may think we are horrible parents and don't spend enough. This year we spent a little more on Colton, but Emma has more presents. We spent $150.00 on Colton and $120.00 on Emma. Not much of a difference and they will never know. Its so hard to keep it completely fair. But like I said before our kids do not get stuff all the time, so when they do they are greatful for what they get. I hope so anyway.
I don't know about anyone else, but I have had the hardest time getting in the Christmas spirit this year. I thought it would be better after we got our tree up, but we put it up Wednesday and I still don't feel the spirit yet. It just doesn't feel like it can possibly be Christmas yet. I mean it feels like this year has just started and now its already over. Man the older I get the faster time flies.
I have done better with my gifts this year than in past years. Usually I wait til the week before Christmas to do any shopping. I don't know why I do this to myself, but I guess I'm just a procrastinator. But this year I've done so much better. I only have a few things to get my kids and stocking stuffers. Then I have 4 kids to buy for at my husband's grandparents and my niece. We decided to only buy for the kids at my parents house and the other houses we only buy for the kids but we draw names so we don't have to buy for all of them. It's much easier on everyone this way. So I think I will be able to get the few presents that I still need probably Wednesday or Thursday when I go to town.
I have been so disgusted with the toys that are out for kids now. Everything is so cheaply made but cost so much. My kids don't play with anything. Emma plays more than Colton, she likes My Little Pony and Barbie and girl stuff. Colton never plays with any toys. I don't know what to do with him. He likes to play the playstation and watch tv, but we limit it. He just isn't into anything, like most kids. I will post at a later date what we got them, in case they read this. I doubt they would but you never know.
Well hopefully I can get in the spirit this week and get the things done that I need to. Like bake cookies for the teachers and wrap presents and finish shopping. Hope all of you are in the Christmas spirit and ready for the holidays. Have a great week and get lots accomplished!!
Sorry I haven't been blogging lately. Been a little busy.
My firstborn turned 8 yesterday:( Oh my goodness how sad. He's growing up so fast. It seems like just yesterday when I seen that beautiful little baby with the headful of black hair. He was the sweetest thing I had ever seen. That was the day my whole world changed, for good. That was the day I became a mom. The best, hardest and most rewarding job in the world.
Colton is the sweetest little boy. He has the biggest heart and can totally melt yours with his smile and beautiful blue eyes. His teachers have said they have the hardest time ever getting on to him for anything because he flashes those big blue eyes at them and they just melt. Of course he is not perfect he has his moments like all kids, but he was defiantly my easy baby. He might show me different during the teenage years, but I pray that we have done a good job and will always remember the things he has been taught.
Happy Birthday Baby Boy!!! I Love YOU more than you will ever know!!
I'm 30 years old and I have just been diagnosed with breast cancer. I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend and a fighter. This blog is my way of keeping everyone in the know on whats going on with me and being my outlet for when things get tough. I will have bad days and it will not always be sunshine and rainbows but I will do my best to keep it light and fun. Because cancer can be funny...right!