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Friday, December 23, 2011

Two More Days!

It just dawned on me! Two more days and really not even. Christmas Eve is tomorrow and I am not ready! Not even close. This is the first year that I am this behind and I know it is because I have a two year old at home and the kids are home the week before. It doesn't help that I gave birth to a bunch of night owls so if I want to do it before they all go to bed, I wouldn't be able to start wrapping until after midnight. Even if they went to bed at a normal hour, they would still be up and that is too risky. What is even worse is that they keep saying, "I hope Santa wraps all of our gifts this year again." Ugghhhhh....when did I start that??? I think the year between Rocco and Gia. I needed something to occupy my mind and since the kids were in first grade, I had A LOT of time. I bet I didn't think so at that time. Why is that? What did we do with all of that time before we had kids? I remember thinking we were so busy and now it scares me that I might look back at this time and think I had more time because in the future, I will be even busier.

Anyway, back to the subject of not being done and trying to make it all work. Every year, we go to Willow Creek for Christmas Eve. It is a beautiful service and my kids really love it. Last year we couldn't get there with Gia's naps and trying to get out of the house in time. I don't have high hopes this year either. Yesterday, my cleaning lady came a day earlier than they told me (yes, I know...just more nails in the coffin of this relationship but everyone else I talked to is $20 more) and I had to get everyone up and out of the house so she could clean so we all went to breakfast. It was a disaster. Gia hates restaurants and people are mean. It's as if they have never seen a toddler not happy and I felt bad for obviously ruining their meal but geez...I didn't plan on her yelling and crying. The stares and dirty looks didn't really help. I left before I could eat. Again, I ask...why am I not 90lbs? My point is, if I can't take her to a restaurant for longer than ten minutes, then how am I going to get her to sit through church? To drive that far only to be in the hall chasing her seems like a frustrating way to start Christmas Eve. Last year we went to Wheaton Bible, which is the church we attend when we can. After yesterday's fiasco at breakfast, I'd like to NEVER bring Gia out in public again. Will God understand if I don't go because I don't want to ruin others' evening? What message is that sending the other three kids? Is it fair to them to have them not go when they enjoy it because their sister, who has never been early with any milestone, has decided to be early with the terrible twos? I'll probably end up going and chasing her in the halls.

Now I am off to Costco with, I am sure, loads of others and more cookie baking. Leo will probably be gone for most of the day because he said he failed at finding anything I wanted yesterday. I see many end cap gifts in my future. :)

2 Comments:

At December 24, 2011 at 5:04 AM , Blogger Kendra Mareva said...

Hope you have the merriest of days this holiday weekend! Good luck with the hosting! xox

 
At December 27, 2011 at 2:28 PM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

Thanks, Kendra! Right back at ya! Hope yours was wonderfully relaxing with no drama.

 

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