Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve

Twas the day before Christmas and all through our place, 
Much chaos erupted just like every day. 
Coffee grounds were strewn over Jamie's mattress with care, 
In hopes that some chocolate would magically appear. 

Hockey equipment was left all around, 
and not a clean room in the house could be found. 
The dishwasher's running with nothing inside, 
and Mommy's increasingly emotionally fried. 

We're soon off to Christmas with Mike's family. 
Here's hoping this Christmas will be vomit free. 

Merry Christmas, everyone.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Tis the season, again.

 Well, I got the stomach flu yesterday. Or maybe it was a bout of food poisoning. It's hard to know for sure. All I know is, I don't like this time of year. I used to love Christmas and the whole month of December. Now I wish I could just skip it. So far, I'm the only one who has gotten sick, but I feel very weak and I am still barely eating, and we have Cody's hockey game tonight. Honestly, I would like to stay home, but I can't because Mike has to run the gate, which means there will be nobody to help Cody dress in all his equipment. So I have to either come and run the gate with both the other boys in tow, or I have to try to dress Cody on my own. Sounds easy? Well, I have never been a hockey mom before. I had no idea how much equipment there was, or that there is a picky order to putting it on. I don't want to sit through the game with two bratty boys. They are not brats, but at the game they might be. They were last time, and I am simply too exhausted to deal with it this time around. Not sure whether I should run the gate and then leave, or what. On top of that, it means I will not be able to eat before we go. Not without serious risk of consequences, and I am hungry already. I don't know what I can eat. All I've had today is some soda crackers and two pieces of toast. Oh, and part of a bowl of Rice Krispies.

So it looks like I will not do any Christmas baking at all this year, at least not on time for Christmas. I don't really care. I'm more worried that people will be annoyed at me at the gatherings we are going to. Oh well. I can't do anything about it now.

I guess I don't have much more to say. Today was supposed to be the day I cleaned my house before all the Christmas gatherings, but I did not. Mostly I rested, as I am still feeling so weak. At least we are not hosting, but I really wanted it to be nice in here. Maybe tomorrow morning we'll get something done. This is truly pathetic. I hope I will have a good report to give after Christmas.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The busiest week

Like everyone else, we are super busy right now. It's the week before Christmas, and how I wish not a creature was stirring in this house. However, it is quite the opposite. Right now, all three of my boys are in the hallway screaming and hollering at the top of their lungs. They are happy, but loud. Playing some kind of sport in the hallway. I am hiding in my room for a moment of sanity.

Cody's school Christmas concert is today and I am rather stressed about it. Silly, but I can't help it. This morning I had to "hem" his pants, as they were four inches too long for him. Well, I didn't want to cut all that length off, and in the end I cut about an inch and a half off and then stitched it a little at both seams, but  I taped the rest. Yep. On the inside of the pants, of course, but still. I just didn't have time to really sew. I am a VERY slow sewer. Hm. Seamstress looks better, doesn't it? Sewer. Sewer. Two different meanings, but spelled the same.

Anyway, I have to drop Cody off at school at noon, but the concert starts at 1. So I don't know what to do. If I drop him off at noon, we won't get home until about ten after. Then I want to get to the concert early, though maybe not TOO early...so I'll probably have a grand total of 20 minutes at home before we have to rush off again. Ick. Plus, I will have to feed the boys lunch at 11 a.m. to make sure they will be ready to leave on time. I don't know why stuff like this stresses me out so much. I am just too uptight, I guess. But I so look forward to this concert being over. He has a second one this evening, but Mike will be the one going to that one. I will be here by myself with the dynamic duo.

So, aside from sewing this morning, my worst frustration was the discovery of more unwanted wall art. The whole kitchen wall that runs along our stairs has been vandalized in ball point pen. Has anyone tried taking ball point pen off the walls? Well let me tell you, it is very difficult. To make matters worse, the "artwork" is actually some very large numbers, written very well with a few exceptions that are backwards. That pretty much confirmed who had done it. Yep. Cody. My five and a half year old is STILL writing on the walls, and not even in washable marker. I lost it a little. I was so mad. He even had the nerve to lie and say that Jamie did it. Well, Jamie can't write numbers, so I know better. I just can't understand. I felt like I might as well buy a big can of black paint and hurl it all around my house randomly on the walls and the carpet. So many walls are ruined in this house. I don't even know where he got the pen. I can't even find a pen when taking a phone message. We have removed all writing utensils out of the kitchen and any other "public access" area of the house. That includes washable crayons and markers, as I was tired of seeing that writing on the walls and carpet too. There are days when I feel like I just can't win. Micah is only two. What if he is still writing on the walls three years from now? Will my house be doomed to be ugly and ruined forever? Sometimes it feels like it.

So, that is my very fast vent for today. Hopefully the concert will go well. I look forward to it, but also to it being over. After that, we only have one big day left before the two biggest of all, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Cody has a hockey game on Friday night, which we will all be attending. I have still not done my Christmas baking. It may not get done this year.

Gotta run. Soon I will have to prepare lunch, and I should make sure everyone has nice clothes to wear too. I also have to iron Cody's new white shirt. Bye for now.

I'm updating to add that I just discovered yogurt smeared on the living room carpet as well as a WHOLE carton of orange juice poured out on the kitchen floor. I am completely fried and desperate for a break. I just want to stay home by myself for the next week and skip Christmas altogether. Or, go stay at a hotel for a week where I don't have to face the destruction that is all around me. This is absolutely unbelievable to me. I just don't know how to stop it. Our boys invade the fridge at 6 a.m., before we are even awake. We have a child proof lock on the fridge that all three of them can beat. I feel like getting a giant chain and padlock and putting it around the fridge. I will wear the key around my neck. I want to throw away every pen, pencil, marker, crayon, paint...anything that a person can write with, and get rid of every toy in this house. I just don't know how to keep this chaos contained anymore. It is impossible and I am at my wits' end.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

I'm still here...

Wow. I sure haven't posted in here in a long time. Things on the homestead are typical. Today, I caught Jamie putting his boots on to go outside after he had stripped all of his clothes off. I mean everything. Yep. Buck naked except for the winter boots. His plan? He was going to spray himself with the hose. For some reason, Jamie just can't get a grasp on what season it is. This is winter. And I'm not talking about winter in Florida. This is Manitoba. Granted, our winter has been fairly mild so far, even with minimal snow, but it was still well below zero today, even with some snow flurries. I'm just glad I caught him in the act. Well, technically Cody caught him. And panicked. In fact, he told Jamie if he went out there he would die. Then he pounded on him to stop him from going out. Of course I was very angry, but he said he didn't want his brother to die. Yeesh. So Jamie needs work on his concept of what is appropriate attire for the weather...or even just for the sake of normal social skills. (For him, naked is always the superior choice when it comes to wardrobe.) And Cody needs to understand that if he doesn't want his brother to get hurt, he probably shouldn't go ahead and hurt his brother. Twice he did that today. In the name of protecting his brother, he did a preemptive strike. Hurt him before he can hurt himself. The lesser of two evils, I suppose.

I am slowly coming to grips with the approaching holiday season. We put up our Christmas tree on December 3rd, earlier than I was ready to, but the boys really wanted it up. I have not listened to much Christmas music, but the tree is pretty, albeit very messy, as usual, so I find its presence comforting and not as much of a negative reminder as I was expecting I would. I am still very nervous about getting sick this year, and indeed I do have a sinus cold, but it's bearable, so I am not too upset about it.

My shopping was done in November just as I had planned, but I have not done a single bit of baking yet. Ah, well, we have been busy with Cody's hockey and I have also done quite a bit of wrapping.

That's the update for the moment. I might not be posting much in the next week or more, as it will be busy with hockey and Cody's Christmas concert at school, and of course then it will be Christmas. I sure hope to have a good report this year. We will see. I'm off for now.