Christmas Lists 2012

It’s that time of year again everyone! If you were having trouble thinking what to get the kids this year, here are the kids’ Christmas Wish Lists.

Riley is really into her video games this year, especially Minecraft and The Sims3. Her favorite color is green and she’s into anything Paris related!

Milla loves dragons, and purple and black are her favorite colors.

Link is REALLY into LEGOS and Superheros (in case you hadn’t heard). He wears 3T pants, 4T shirts, and size 8 shoes.

(Buying the girls clothes is tricky, especially online. They wear different sizes depending on the cut of the jeans. Milla wants a pair of boots so bad she can taste it, but I have no idea her shoe size (I’ll update this when she gets home). If you want to buy them clothes, which they need, Old Navy (it’s their favorite store for jeans), or Payless or Shoe Carnival gift cards would work best.)

Thanks so much guys for thinking of the kids! I hope this helps.

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Writing

 Now that the kids are all in school, I really need to find something productive to do with my time (read: fun that doesn’t involve cleaning and/or laundry). I do love to write when I have a spare moment to think without being interrupted by a child, and since my last blog is from MONTHS ago you can see I don’t get that time very often. Until now that is. So I’m going to make an attempt to write something every day. Whether I post it or not is undecided, but if I do I promise to write about things other than just my kids…or at least attempt to 🙂 Maybe you’ll read them, maybe not. Maybe you’ll like them, maybe not, but they’re more for me anyway, and if I keep doing it every day I’ll get better, and isn’t that the point?

So as I was walking the dog this morning I started thinking of what to write about today and realized I have the most random thoughts when I’m exercising alone. I used to walk evenings with my friend Arce, but since the time changes with elementary schools, our evening family routine has been disrupted and I found myself canceling our walks more than going on them. She decided to start an exercise class with another friend and I vowed to myself that I’d walk in the mornings which better fits my schedule (oh the lies we tell ourselves). That’s when I discovered the two crazy b*tches that live inside me and how much they hate each other. One is fat and the other skinny and they can’t agree on anything! Fat Girl is sitting around, sucking down a mocha frap from Starbucks while Skinny Girl is just happy she got her counterparts fat a** off the couch to get at least one mile in today. Ugh, I totally suck at this! I hate motivating myself, I LIKE to be lazy and eat potato chips by the bag while watching mindless TV, but…I want to be thin and fit too. So until they come up with a magic pill that makes you skinny overnight, I have to sit here with that nagging, skinny, she devil giving me what my kids have dubbed “the evil eye” while reminding me how tight my jeans are getting and how I’d have a lot more clothes if I fit into them like I used to. God, I hate her! Too bad she only weighs 70lbs because Fat girl just pushes her to the side on her way to the kitchen. I wish she’d take over and get my ass in shape. “Round is a shape” Fat girl says with a mouth full of cookies. Meanwhile Skinny girl is running laps around the house as she goes from room to room cleaning and dusting with a happy smile on her stupid face that makes both Fat girl and me want to slap her! We keep giving each other that “let’s duct tape her up and throw her in a closet” look but neither of us will get up to find the duct tape and no one really wants to chase her down either. I’d just let her go do her thing if it really meant the house was getting clean but no, only in my head, which means after exhausting myself just watching her do all those things, now I have to get up and make them a reality. I REALLY hate her. And fat girl just laughs at me because we all know SHE isn’t going to do it. I hate her too!

Am I really THIS lazy? Not always. Yesterday I did all the laundry, even put it away…the SAME DAY! Yay me! I also picked up the house, cleaned the kids’ bathroom, Link’s room and play room, and hung up the girls’ shirts (God knows they won’t and I’ll end up rewashing them). And even though I wrote this, when I’m finished I’ll go clean the kitchen, make Link’s bed and fold up my blankets, and pick up the rest of the house just in time for Link to need to be picked up. I guess the part of me that isn’t the Fat B*tch or the Skinny B*tch, just wants a reason to b*tch. We’ll call her the PMS B*tch. You may ask,  “is there a part of you that isn’t a b*tch?” but the four of us will just look from one to the other confused, and in unison we’ll agree on this one thing… If there is, we haven’t met her yet.

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“Link wan go to school too”

I’ve been a stay home mom for each of my kids from birth until age 4 when they were old enough for VPK (voluntary pre kindergarten). It hasn’t always been fun, but if I had the financial stability of being a stay home mom and avoiding outside influence at such a young age then I believe the sacrifices are worth it.

 

However, as a stay home mom, I always had a problem socializing my kids. When the girls were younger, we lived in an apartment complex in Pinellas county where there was a pool and playground on site and always filled with kids their ages. Also, twice a week we went to circle time at a nearby library. Being “nearby” (meaning “walking distance”) is very important for a mom who can’t drive. Unfortunately, when we moved to Spring Hill all that was gone. We rented a house in a neighborhood filled with kids, and even though they were nice, they were much older than my daughters. It wasn’t until a year later when my sister moved close by with her sons (my daughters ages) that they regularly began socializing. Riley was nearly 4 before she could talk so that everyone could understand her. Still, it’s one thing to take them to a park or social group and another thing entirely to leave them at a preschool class without you where there may be kids who are not being taught the same things you feel are important (I’m being as nice as I can here).

 

Now that the girls are older and settling into elementary school (almost middle school) life, they’ve become less of a concern. My problem now is our younger son Link. I have a couple friends with little kids his age, but their busy work schedules and “life” in general makes it difficult for us to get together. Mostly we see each others little ones via facebook, and even though Link absolutely LOVES watching videos of the kids, there’s clearly no interaction. Evidently being a SAHM is also a rare thing in my area. I only know of one other stay home mom (with a pre school aged child), but her daughter is just an infant, and while age won’t matter a year from now, I wouldn’t necessarily call it “socializing”.

 

This brings me to my point. Link goes with his dad to drop the girls off at school each morning, and lately when he comes home he’s begging through tears that he wants to go to school too. I know he doesn’t totally get that going to school means mommy and daddy won’t be there, boobies will DEFINITELY not be at there (that’s on the pro side I admit), and he won’t be attending the same school as his sisters (I believe he thinks he will be), but we’re sort of toying with the idea of signing him up for a few hours a day at a local preschool just to get some social interaction and maybe a little “mommy/daddy seperation” (if you’ve heard us talk you know there isn’t much of that).

 

While Chris is encouraging the idea, I’m on the fence. Sure I see the upside, a social environment may entice Link to want to potty train, improve language development, and learn how to better interact with other kids (plus they make the cutest little kid holiday crafts in preschools). He’ll also learn that just because mom and dad aren’t there doesn’t mean they won’t come back, and most importantly, he actually wants to go. I’m afraid if I discourage him he may never want to go. The downside is that I’ve worked in a preschool before and no matter what kind of school it is, you are going to have all different personality types there. I’ve seen some of the sweetest little kids come in and within months pick up the bad habits they learned from other kids. I’m not saying my kids are perfect, sometimes they drive me down right bat sh*t crazy, but they are usually well mannered and behave in public, and I have often said “nothing makes you appreciate your own more than working with other peoples kids”. Of course not all kids in preschool are “bad influences”, I’ve met some of the sweetest little ones ever while working at the school I did, and I would love for Link to have friends like them to play with and learn from. I’m just torn, maybe a little heartbroken. I accept that maybe “I’m” not ready for him to go to school yet. You only get a handful of years with your little ones and I’d hate to waste those with him in a preschool if it wasn’t totally necessary.

 

I could be totally jumping the gun here. We could go look at a school tomorrow and the second we walk out the door he could freak out and change his mind, and more than likely he will, they ALL do. So at that point, do we commit to it knowing after a few weeks he’ll get into a routine and perhaps even look forward to it, or do we yank him out and try again in VPK?

 

Ugh…decisions decisions. Being the parent SUCKS

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Link’s Christmas List

Thanks for checking out Link’s holiday wishlist. We’re all really excited about Christmas this year, and hoping Link won’t remove all the ornaments from the bottom half of the tree again.

Lately Link’s been all about Pixar! We have most of (if not all of) the movies so we’re about the toys now. He loves reenacting. Cars, Toys Story and The Incredibles are among his favorites. You can always find lots of stuff at your local Disney Store.

He’s still into matchbox cars, construction vehicles, and AIRPLANES!

We’re fortunate enough to get clothes handed down to us from my nephew so Link’s pretty goo on clothes except for jeans, but if you see an outfit you just can’t resist, here are his sizes too:

shirts: 3T
pants: jeans or cargo 24 months
shoes: 6-7

Thank you and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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Milla’s Christmas List

Thanks for checking out Milla’s wishlist for the holidays.

Milla’s latest thing is her Monster High Dolls. It may look like she’s requesting the same one over and over but they’re different dets (i.e., Dawn of the Dance, Fearleading), you may not understand the crze but she’s obsessed 🙂

She’s also really into sewing and creating outfits for her dolls and stuffed toys. We hope to get her a sewing machine.

If clothes are more your interest Milla could use jeans! She’s so hard on her pants, especially the knees! Skinny jeans are her thing too.

Shirt: size small (or 6 or 6x )
Pants: skinny jeans size 7-8
Shoes: (I’ll have to get back to you)

Thank you and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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Riley’s Christmas List

Thanks for your interest in Riley’s wishlist for the holidays. She’s growing up and out of the “toy” phase as you can see. her primary interests lately are computer games, and the toys she is still into usually give her added points or rewards for those games.

She’s really into clothes and shoes now. Skinny jeans are her favorite, and she loves boots.

Shirts: size medium (or 8 )
Pants:  skinny jeans size 10
Shoes: size 6

Thank you and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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