The Odds and Ends

I feel as though I haven’t been on here much lately. I come on at least once a day to read, but I haven’t really posted. Or at least I feel as though I haven’t. I have started a couple posts. Maybe I’ll go back and finish them. There hasn’t been much going on here, yet at the same time there has been tons. Does that even make sense?

The final weigh in for The Biggest Loser challenge I joined is coming up on Tuesday. I missed a couple weigh ins. But I made it to yesterday. I gained a pound. Ick. Part of me is very upset about it and part of me is taking it as the kick in the @ss I need. I am making more changes, but I will tell you about them in another post, once I have come up with a good plan. 

Christmas is coming up quick. I am done my shopping except for the stocking stuffers. And most of it is even wrapped. I wanted the boys to write letters to Santa. But they aren’t going to. Apparently my sons have decided that since Santa can see them, he knows what they want for Christmas and they aren’t writing to him and they aren’t going to see him at the mall. Sometimes my children are just too clever for their own good. But, I refuse to force them. If they aren’t into Santa, then they aren’t into Santa. I’ll just admire everyone else’s Santa pictures. 

They have been loving decorating the house with me and their pouches that they get every day. We are having fun counting down to Christmas with the pouches or activities and watching Christmas shows. They love Rudolph and the Grinch. Tomorrow we are going to watch Frosty. (And of course the Christmas specials of the shows they watch on TV) 

I have been spending an insane amount of time trying to get my mom’s Christmas gift done so I can get it in the mail to her. But, thanks to an awesome head cold, I lost about 3 days of work on it. (I try to get in about 3 hours a day total, I had about 12 hours left on it) My head cold was so terrible I didn’t have the coordination to hold the crochet hook, and when I was able too I ended up with a terrible migraine from being so congested. But today was feeling better and got about 2 hours of work in on it in total and Hubs says he is going to deal with everything tomorrow so I can spend the day crocheting. Hopefully I will have a picture to show you all of the project in the next day or so! 

But for me, I am off to bed. I am feeling super tired today!

Love, hugs and more to come later!
Lynn

A Letter to a Friend

My friends are very important to me. There are a few people that I hold near and dear to me and I would be devastated if they were no longer in my life. There are a few people who have been there for me through thick and thin for a long time. And even though I may not talk to those people on a daily basis, I know if I needed them they would be there. And if they need me I am there for them. 

J is someone I have known since I was 16. He is a great person. He has jumped through hoops for his career and is making an amazing life for himself. He is also single. And I know this bothers him. A lot. So, I want to take some time and write a short letter to him and anyone else who needs a boost. 

J, 

First off, you are an amazing person. There are very few single guys who wouldn’t get annoyed at listening to me rant about my horrible mommy days. (Or maybe you do get annoyed, but you don’t show it!) I seriously mean it. You are amazing. Out there somewhere is an equally amazing person you are meant to spend your life with. You haven’t found her yet, or maybe you have and you just haven’t realized it. But that’s okay. It really is. I know you get lonely, and I know you want to settle down and have a family. But, it’s okay if that doesn’t happen today, tomorrow or even next week. 

Take your time. Don’t settle for someone just because you want what being in a relationship signifies. Settle down with someone that you can’t live without. Settle down with someone who brings out the better parts of you. With someone who is okay with your flaws and loves you for them (or even in spite of them). Wait until you find the person who completes you. The person who makes you feel like even your bad days are okay. The person who always knows what to say to make you smile. The person who knows when you let you sulk in silence. The person who knows when all you need is a hug. 

Being in a marriage is an amazing thing. Having kids is also amazing. And I know you want those things. But don’t rush yourself. Don’t settle for less then you deserve.

I know the holidays can be hard when you are alone and you are seeing couples and families everywhere. But just because you aren’t in a relationship doesn’t mean you aren’t appreciated by someone. It doesn’t mean that there isn’t someone out there who cares. Those people are still there, they have the title of friend, parent, sibling, cousin. 

Somewhere in your future is the person who is going to make all the days of being single worth it. 

Also, come visit me sometime, it’s been almost 9 years since I’ve seen you and I miss you. 

Love, hugs and more to come later!
Lynn

Finding the Elusive Gift

When it comes to Christmas gifts for the kids, Hubs and I set limits. I don’t want to go overboard. Between us, their grandparents and uncles, the kids get more then enough for Christmas gifts. 

Each child typically gets a few gifts from us and 1 from Santa. So I do my best to make the gifts we get them count. I pay attention to what attracts them in the toy store. I pay attention to what they notice on TV. And I pay attention to what they ask for. 

Alex has been asking for Chuggington trains. Well. Chuggington is IMPOSSIBLE to find around where I live. I was having no luck finding anything for a decent price on EBay and Amazon has been out of stock on the two Alex wants the most since September. I had pretty much given up and I was looking for an alternative for him. 

Then I was on Kijiji today. I found someone selling 8 Chuggington trains and a track for $20. SCORE! The catch? It’s in a town a little more then an hour away from where I live. Oh the things we do for our kids. So next week Hubs and I are going to take the kids on a road trip and go pick up this toy (I really don’t care that it’s used, and I don’t see Alex caring either) I can’t wait to see his face light up on Christmas morning. 

Hubs gift was elusive too. But I can’t tell you about that because occasionally he comes and reads my blog and I would hate to ruin the surprise for him. I know he has no idea what I got him, and I know he is super curious. But, sorry Hubs, you’re going to have to wait a little bit longer to find out! 

Oh yea, and those letters that we were going to write to Santa yesterday? Apparently my kids are against that, they had no interest what so ever. So I gave up. Maybe next year!

Love, hugs and more to come later
Lynn

Billy The Elf and Other Random Christmas Stuff

Sometimes the understanding that kids show for things shocks and amazes me. I decided a little while ago that instead of doing the traditional advent calenders for the kids, I was going to crochet some pouches and put a treat and an activity into each one.

On December 2nd I started this with the number 23 (We are counting backwards to countdown to Christmas, and we started on the 2nd because the first was Alex’s birthday party, which I will write about later!)

On the 2nd when Alex and Nick got up and found the pouch Alex was very excited. He told me that Santa had brought him a present. And got Nick excited and chanting Santa as well. Hmm. Well, I couldn’t leave my kids thinking that Santa brings them gifts every day. So, I explained that Santa is too busy to visit every child every night and that an elf was the one leaving the bags.

For the bag yesterday (the third) I decided that I should probably build on the elf story I just told the kids so I decided to include a letter from the elf that leaves the countdown bags and knows when they are bad and good. He needed a name. My ever so creative brother decided Billy was a good name and I went with it. Alex was so excited by the letter that it’s all he has talked about all day today. When I was putting him to bed last night he was telling me about the things he hoped the elf puts into the bag (Sorry kid, but you aren’t going to be getting another firetruck or remote control car in the bag)

I can’t wait to share some of the things I am going to do with the kids in the bags. I have some great ideas and I hope they work out!

Here are some pictures of the first bags I did for the boys, as well as our specially decorated Christmas Tree (The boys were great helpers when it came to the tree, but I didn’t get any action shots of the decorating process!)

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This was the first pouch I put together for the kids.

 

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This is the felt tree that the kids are able to decorate over and over again. I was hoping it would encourage them to leave my tree alone… it works about 90% of the time! 

 

 

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Our Christmas Tree! It now has blue garland as well. Alex felt that the tree just wasn’t right without some blue garland to go with the one blue ball we have and the blue lights. 

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This was today’s pouch. It included paintbrushes and a red and green paint with the direction for the boys to paint the front window so Santa could find our house easier. Image

This has been the kids advent so far (The day missing pictures was a sticker activity, the battery in the camera conveniently died on me and needed to be charged!) 

Tomorrow we are going to write letters to Santa. I can’t wait to see their eyes light up when they receive letters back from Santa! 

Love, Hugs and more to come later! 
Lynn