Yep. I haven't posted once in December so let me sum up.
1. I have a love-hate relationship with the month of December. I love the holidays, but I hate the chaos. Plus it's difficult to keep any sort of routine, so the kids suffer a bit. This is Sean's first year having Christmas at school (they didn't celebrate holidays at his preschool) so the crazies are strong there. Lots of frustration, stomping of feet, slamming of doors and remarks like "this is the worst Tuesday of my life" and my personal favorite: "It's not even time to go to the bus yet and I. Already. Have. A. Frown. on. my. FACE!!!" It was tough not to laugh, let me tell you. Lots of extra snuggles and patience. I'm great at the snuggles, but patience is not a strong suit for me.
2. Have I mentioned that I am the BIGGEST HYPOCRITE EVER?? Yes, I am. Sean was so sad that there's no Elf on the Shelf at his house that I caved and bought one last week at the mall. Will's been so sweet to his younger brother, helping him name the Elf (Chippy) and coming up with ideas. So we have an Elf, but I said that Chippy is a trainee, having shown up the week before Christmas. Brian and I don't believe in the whole "The elf is reporting back to Santa" thing so it's just a fun thing in our house. As soon as the kids go to bed at night one of us moves him. Brian watched me set up a Connect Four game between Chippy and Will's favorite Pokemon, Oshawott last night. He remarked that I seemed to be enjoying it, and honestly, I was. I love whimsical things. I also will NOT be putting up a daily photo on Facebook about what Chippy's up to. If Chippy wants to be on FB he can get his own account.
3. You saw that Will is helping with Chippy, huh.... Well, Will pulled me aside at Thanksgiving and said "I have a suspicion that Santa Claus is really you and Dad. I really need you to tell me that's not true." I can't lie, it breaks my heart a little bit that he no longer believes. But now he's excited about the magic of it and is encouraging his brother's belief in Santa instead of telling him. It's sweet to watch.
4. We had two Holiday concerts this year, Will's was last week at night at the high school and Sean's was this morning. Both boys were adorable! Now we have karate graduation tonight and I think that's all the obligations. Wait no.....both boys have holiday parties in class tomorrow and I need to buy donut holes for one of them, I just can't remember which kid. Hopefully I figure that out by tomorrow morning!
5. Two things that have gone WELL this year....the holiday knitting is DONE and I won't be spending all day Christmas Eve wrapping gifts for my extended family. However, I need to learn my lesson and weave in ends and block finished items sooner. And next year, I think that I'm going to do the same item for all knit gift recipients, like an infinity scarf for everyone.
Well, that's pretty much all that is going in our world. Merry Christmas to All and to All a Good Night!!