Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Christmas is coming.... And Mommy's getting stressed!

I'm slowly getting into this whole Christmas thing this year.  I put the tree up.  It's still naked, but it's up.  I hung lighted garland.  And I put my village up.  I realized that I haven't even begun to think about all the baking I need to do.  Our entire neighborhood exchanges goodies, I need some for all the teachers at school, some for S to take to work, plus the stuff my family will want to eat... Then I scheduled a panic attack.  It's for 3:00 next Saturday, when I'm up to my eyebrows in flour, chocolate chips and little helpers, if anyone feels like joining me.  I bought paint and brushes, so I can make salt dough ornaments with my short people.

And, for the first time EVER, I'm hosting Christmas.  This has me slightly panicky.  I tried to convince S that I needed a pre-Christmas present of a maid service to deep clean the house for me, but I don't think he went for it.  His mom and dad will be here on the 22nd.  I don't think that gives me enough time to clean.  I am a lousy housekeeper in the best of circumstances, which these past few weeks haven't been.  You know that saying you could eat off the floor... well, you could probably eat for a good week off the food on my floor right now.  Plus everything needs a good dusting, or scrubbing, or whatever it is I haven't done to it.  And the carpets need to be... I was going to say cleaned, but realistically burned would be better.  Unfortunately new flooring wasn't in Santa's budget anymore than a maid was, so cleaned will have to do.  I'm guessing I'll find time for that in between my typical stuff like feeding the kids, running errands and whatnot plus all the baking, wrapping, decorating, ornament making, cleaning.... hmmm, looks like I'm giving up peeing.  That's the only time I have left.

(she says as she sits on her lazy bum, typing on the computer.  Hush, say I!)

You know what I can't find locally?  Advent calendars.  I decided on November 30th I wanted some.  Nobody around here has even heard of the dang things.  All I wanted was 3 cheesy little calendars with cheap waxy chocolate behind little cardboard doors for my kids.  Nope.  Guess I'll have to order them from Amazon next year.  That requires pre-planning.  Don't they know I suck at that? 

Okay, must actually think about getting off the couch to go get the children from school.  They tend to get grumpy if I neglect to do that.


heather said...

i'm already behind with decorating. ugh! including bringing out our advent calendar. but here's some neat ideas that you might could try, they'll just be a little friends copied this one and it looked even cuter than the expensive one:

another friend did this:

since i'm a couple days late, i had the girls color one side of a few sheets of copy paper in christmasy colors. then i cut them into 24 strips-there are 4 of us so we each get 6 and we'll write things we are thankful for on the white side. and then make a garland chain out of them. each night we'll pull one and read what's inside. i'm hoping to get this finished tonight and then of course we'll have to pull off 2 of the links tonight.

but anyway, you're not alone in the mommy stress!

Anonymous said...

I just saw Advent calenders yesterday at TJ Maxx...the ones with chocolate in them. It might be worth a try to call one in your area to see!

Erin Lutz said...

You had me laughing at this one! It would be kind of NICE to give up peeing, IMO. I found those damn advent calendars at Target. For $2.99 each. The Trader Joes ones are .99, but sell out. Grr. Happy cleaning!

Anonymous said...

Good luck with all the baking. I too have got tons to bake.

Tina said...


I know how you feel...I haven't started decorating yet either....

I am so behind..

Miss you..come by fellowship and say Hi..


Janice and Jessica said...

Hey girl!! I'm back to the land of the living and I'm right there with you! I can be a total slob and even though I ripped up the carpet in the house about 9 years ago, now the hardwood floors need to be redone. I live with animals, I swear!! Both literally and figuratively.

Look, I try to use the 15 minute rule by FlyLady. Work 15 minutes then do something fun for 15 minutes and back and forth. It sure helps me at times.

We can also be buddies and try to challenge each other. I know I need it. Don't stress over everything, just take your time and enjoy. That's what I'm going to try to do too. Everything doesn't have to be perfect.

Thanks for your support over at my blog all those weeks when I had been so down. You brightened my day many times though you may not know it. Sorry I didn't respond sooner. I was in a pretty dark place and most times it was all I could do to get through the day.

You are a true friend!


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