Hello everyone out there in the Internet ether!! No I have not disappeared or anything much more tragic. I am just recovering from the holidays. Phew December and January have both kicked my butt!! Between both of my kids birthdays in December, rushed planning in the youth organization my daughter is involved with with lots of last minute decisions and changes, and then traveling to Oklahoma to visit family for Christmas December was just a blur. Now January seems to be doing the same. Meetings, photo shoots, my oldest has finals this week, swimming 3 times a week and so much more that I am forgetting because let’s face it I only have so much brain capacity. I am looking forward to a weekend where I have nothing going on. The forecast doesn’t look good for February so far.
My in laws started decorating the house for Christmas today. We had the kids put up the ornaments on the tree and it looks beautiful, even the straight line of ornaments my son hung up. All of it has made me quite sad though. I am not sure if I mentioned this before or not but this last summer we lost everything. We had a storage unit we were using until we could get a place of our own and it was broken into. They took everything. How they managed to pull a truck up to the door and clear everything out without anyone seeing anything boggles the mind.
So at times like this I am reminded that all my mementoes are gone. As we were decorating the tree I was thinking about all my family ornaments that are gone. They were all the ornaments I had collected over the years, all of the ornaments my mom and dad had collected, and all the ornaments my grandmother had collected. I am devastated thinking about all the family heirlooms that were probably just tossed in a dumpster somewhere. I know that in time it will get easier but these first holidays are becoming more and more difficult.
A few years ago a lady I worked and I came up with this idea to boost morale in our office, we would have a mini celebration everyday. Sometimes it would be as small as the color green day and then sometimes it would be fun like national cheesecake day! We would write up something on her white board since everyone could see it walking by and on days such as national cheesecake day we would bring in something to celebrate with, like a cheesecake, mmm cheesecake. Umm ok where was I. So yeah, It just made the day a little more festive.
Well I have decided to share this with all of you. It is pretty easy to find these days, I just googled “everyday holidays” and for todays holiday I used this website, Holiday Insights , I enjoy some of these quirky holidays and I hope you do too.
Today is Santa’s List Day. Have you been good all year? Have you been Naughty? Or, have you been nice? Santa knows.
Santa’s Elves have been everywhere, checking up on children all over the world, to see who has been naughty, and who has been nice. Thanks to the hard work of his elves, Santa now has two lists. The short list contains the names of a few children who have been naughty. A much longer list is filled with the names of children who have been good all year long.
Which list are you on?
Kids….. make sure to be especially good around the holidays. That’s when parents need children to be on their best behavior, as they are busy preparing for the holidays.
Happy Santa’s List Day!!!!
Origin of Santa’s List Day:
We have it on good authority, that this day was created at the North Pole.
We interviewed Santa, and a few of his top elves. They tell us that they strive to make the first draft of Santa’s “Naughty” and “Nice” lists by this day. Then, they review and adjust it, all the way to Christmas eve.
Santa told us that doing extra chores, or something special to help out around the house between now and Christmas, will get you off the “Naughty” list, and onto the “Nice” list.
Kindergarten teachers are the best! They come up with some of the most fun and quirky things for kids to do. Just a, “What the hell lets see what this will do”, kind of thing. Like sending home pumpkin seeds in plastic bags with wet cotton balls. o0o0o0o let’s see what these will do!! HELLO, THEY MAKE PUMPKIN PLANTS!!
Of course the damn thing sprouted and now I have this vine thingy to do something with. Oh and if that sucker dies my son will never let me hear the end of it! NEVER!! Btw, I have a horrible black thumb so I have a hard time keeping plants alive. Oh and not to mention where am I going to plant this when it gets bigger and majorly viney. YAY!
Next week I am to be Mistress of Ceremonies for an event with my daughters youth organization and I am a little on the frustrated side trying to come up with a speech. This is the first time I have ever had to do something like this and I am not even sure were the heck to start. I am not even sure if I am supposed to open thanking everyone or not. I really should have paid better attention to these in the past. Ugh
I finished NaBloPoMo! Whew! It is the first time I was actually able to finish the entire month and I really feel good about the accomplishment Now I just need to use this momentum to keep me blogging into the future!
It rained here most of last night and this morning, and the clouds have yet to clear. So it is chilly, gray and wet outside making it a perfect day for snuggling and cuddling under blankets. We have chili simmering in the slow cooker, the kids are working on painting, and I am getting a lot of work done on one of my many projects. The only downside, hubby was up all night and morning sick, he caught himself a stomach bug.
The title says it all! I hope you all enjoyed your day!
Today I thought to make candied almonds for Thanksgiving tomorrow. I failed! I take pride in my abilities for baking and candy making so when my almonds came out burnt I almost wanted to cry. I was trying a new recipe and it didn’t say how to tell when it was done so I guessed and obviously guessed wrong. I am going to try one more batch before bed and hopefully that one comes out happier.
The hubby stayed home today to take the kids to Disneyland and we ended up at California Adventure. We took a few pics so I thought I would share.
Where they met Doug the dog from Up. We decided to ride the Grizzly Run which has the warning you will get wet, you may get soaked, we got soaked. Which pretty much ended our day since our son was über uncomfortable. We did make a stop at Disneyland but they were so packed it wasn’t worth it to stay. We are very lucky to have passes that way we do not feel obligated to stay all day.