Guys, I don’t know what it is but I’ve been running catch up alllll year. I mean, I’m not even pregnant! I actually think I might be more productive when I’m pregnant as, in the in-between pregnancy stage, I always have a needy 1-year-old running around like an escaped chimpanzee from the zoo.
No pants, no problem. (Yes, that is a hideous stain on my carpet, thanks for asking.)
Not seen: Anna climbing on the back of the couch to escape an attack by pictured drumstick in said needy baby’s hands.
Side note: You might not know this if your husband’s not a drummer like mine is, and thus do not have dozens of drumsticks laying around your home, but they (drumsticks) are basically the most painful things on earth.
Ok, case in point of how behind I am this year: We celebrated St Nick day on December 7th. In case you don’t know, St Nick day is December 6th, but I was too whatever to get my crap together (AND Trader Joe’s sold out of golden coins AGAIN this year before I could get my hands on any. I blame all this on you, TJ’s.) So, I lied, gulp, and told my kids that this year it was being celebrated on the 7th. Going to Hell, fo sho. It gets worse. As I said, we were sans chocolate coins and I obviously had done ZERO planning so I had no holy cards or icons or religious whatever on hand, so we filled their boots with TROLL BOOKS. Troll freaking books. If you were wondering who gets the prize for worst Orthodox convert this year, wonder no longer.
(I would insert a sweet picture of their boots lined up here but SURPRISE I took zero pictures.) (Help)
I probably don’t have to tell you I’m not doing a Jesse Tree this year, but I’m not. I’m going to be honest with you for a moment here. I know the Jesse Tree is like The THING to Christian homeschooling families everywhere, but…I don’t really get it. No judgment. If you’re into it, power to you. But, I don’t know. The cute little story, the Bible verse everyone is too distracted to listen to, the little camel/donkey/candle ornament to color? Eyeroll forever.
Is this post too negative? Probably. Sorry, peeps!
Ok, I’m going to end this with some positivity. Here we go. My three fav things right now. Why? Because.
- Praise Babies.
Oh, Praise Babies, how I do love thee. In case you don’t know, Praise Babies is kinda like a Christian version of those Baby Einstein videos where pretty pictures float dreamily by only worship music is played in the background instead of Mozart or Bach or whatever. Said needy baby is determined to cling to my leg (or preferably, breast) every minute of every day besides the thirteen minutes or so she is napping UNLESS Praise Babies is on, and then I am free for a whole mind-blowing 35 minutes. Guess what is playing as I am typing at this very moment? Praise Babies, friends. Praise Babies.
2. Having an 8-year-old.
(Side note: Do you guys have these little cartoon cars at your mall, too? Bc my kids almost crash into innocent shoppers about 10 times every time they ride them. How is this legal?)
What? You can hang up your own clothes? What? You can empty the dishwasher? What? You can take your little sister to the bathroom at the restaurant? What? You can basically be my own personal slave? (kidding kidding) But, seriously, my girl, I love every inch of your moderately independent self. I always thought that I would love the baby stage the most and be kinda sad when my kids grew out of that and were official Kids, but I gotta say, official kid age has major major perks. I still love the niblets out of the baby stage, but there is soooooo much to love about the older stages too, I’m finding out.
3. Instagram Stories
How lame am I? Very very lame, apparently. But, I’m addicted. I love watching ppl’s little home movies. Movies of their kids, their cats, their burritos, whatever. Bring it on. Oversharers of the world, I love you.
Welllll, that’s about it for now. Another random aimless post brought to you by Yours Truly. As it is fairly unlikely I’ll get it together to put up another post before Christmas, let me wish you all a Merry Christmas!!! right now.
Oh! On the Christmas note, I’m going to add one more thing. I would just copy the video and paste it here so you could watch it but, as I’m cheap and have the most basic of basic plans, WordPress won’t let me (cheers, WP):
4. Carrie Underwood singing How Great Thou Art. Have you guys seen this? It is A-MA-ZING. I love it. I weep over it. It’s just…the best. Do yourself a favor and goggle it now, k?