Christmas: TGIO

Thank God It’s Over!

Everything went pretty well, except Christmas Eve, as expected. Instead of having it at our house, my excuse for the house being tiny worked out and got us out of hosting the thing. Instead, I got tricked into being in the same place as my sister-in-law. Kept my kids away from her and made $170 out of the whole ordeal, not too bad for 1 hour of work.

Christmas was pretty good. S had a ton of fun and got everything he wanted and more. Train, toothbrushes, pajamas, clothes, cars, trucks, lotion, body spray, a Ninja Turtle, animal crackers… I think that about covers it. We went out to breakfast and dinner with Grandpa and Grandma. Z got a bunch of noisy things and things to chew on. And our dog got toys too, because Christmas is when we celebrate her birthday and she’s 9 years old now.

I’m glad the holidays are over, now I get to look forward to paying off all the credit cards I maxed out and the lack of money we’ll have left from the tax refund after they’re all paid off.

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Christmas Eve…. DEATH!

This year I’m being forced to hosting my mother-in-law (MIL) and brother-in-law’s (BIL) family. Which wouldn’t be too bad if mother-in-law and sister-in-law’s (SIL) knocked-up daughter weren’t by default invited. I hate my husband’s family. The only sane ones in the bad bunch (immediate – from his mother’s side) are BIL and his daughters. Unfortunately, when MIL left father-in-law (FIL), she moved in with BIL and he hasn’t been able to get rid of her since.

Now I’m not one of those high-morality “don’t get pregnant until marriage” kind of people. But her mother is such a slut that both kids don’t know who their real fathers are, and her mom apparently slept with both the guy they were brought up believing was their father, and his son! Who is supposedly the daughter’s possible father. SIL is a straight up SLUT and I don’t like anyone from her own family. Nobody was raided right out of any of them, but can you be surprised, really?

So They normally do Christmas Eve crap (Like opening presents early, WTF?) at BIL and MIL’s house. But they had a fire and the house is black and smells like smoke.. So apparently that volunteers my house for them to ransack on Christmas Eve. I normally like to have a nice quiet peaceful Christmas as far away as humanly possible from these people. When it comes time for the Holiday season, I try to go to my parents’ houses. 

It’s just once, A. You can live through one night of hell with these psychos….

If SIL shows up, nobody is invited at all and they can all go suck it.
And no, not just because she’s a whore. She had the audacity when my son was born to grab a 2 day old baby out of my arms, pass him around the room, and tell him that he wasn’t my baby, but “theirs”. Which I won’t get into the details now, but the bitch isn’t even allowed to know where we live.

Operation Christmas – Lights!!

I got a few decorations up, lights in the front window, garland/wreath lights inside, lights on the balcony facing the street…

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It’s not a lot, but it is a start to getting the house ready for the holidays. Now I need to make a decision about getting rid of our older sofa in order to make space in the living room for the tree in front of the window. It’s kind of a hard thing to decide because it was the first couch we bought together, it’s a vintage custom 70’s sofa that the previous owner sent off for from the east coast, and I really like it, it’s comfortable! Our newer couch is the same type of velour-ish stuff, and probably made in about the same year, but it’s harder than our original sofa and I guess I just can’t compare it to our original because it doesn’t have the same history. I’m attached to the old one. Heh… Material things you put emotion in right? My son peed on that couch during potty training! (Of course it’s been washed, which is why two of the cushion-covers shrunk, ha!)

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

it’s not perfect, but it’s kind of pretty 😉

Finding Time With Two

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m an ef-ing lazy mom… More so now that I have a baby to take care of on top of chasing my preschooler around. We used to do “school” everyday in workbooks, practice letters, counting, and all that. Since I had the baby I’ve not been the best parent. Can I blame it as an elongated “Summer Vacation”?

Today we made paper snowflakes and construction paper chain garland for the window to mark the time for fall and winter decorating. Pretty soon it will be time to pull out the Christmas lights and really get to it. Until then, I’m wondering where all of my Thanksgiving decorations went to, since they’re apparently not in the Halloween box anymore.
It was really nice, gave S something to do besides completely ransacking the entire house, and me something to do besides watch TV when not feeding the baby. And our window looks pretty snazzy. I soooo hate boring empty windows when there’s something to decorate for. Classic gaudy American Holiday decorating. 😉 Love it.

Anyhow, I’ve been lazy with the projects since the baby was born, and I think it’s about time that I got around to not being a bum. I looked around on Pinterest for ideas, and was reminded of all the things I got to do when I was little, paper plate turkeys, balloon string ornaments, melted crayon stained glass… easy stuff that you do with stuff that doesn’t cost anything. So to my husband’s horror (when he discovers my plan), I’m putting a bunch of craft stuff that we would normally have (but are currently out of because we’re poor) on a shopping list, and we’re going shopping tomorrow after he gets off of work! Next week will be the start of our “school year” now that I’m pretty much motivated to get things popping. In a few weeks it will be either even more fun or a complete nightmare, having a 4 year-old “help” with Thanksgiving dinner preparations.

(And I just saw a recent photo of myself: Lets just say it’s going to be a helluva HEALTHY Thanksgiving this year. Everyone is going to hate me. Hahahaha… Heh…yeeah)

Pumpkin Patch 2013

So this was the first year we’ve ever gone to a pumpkin patch.

Honestly I’m not even sure I’ve heard of pumpkin patches outside of on TV, but they seem to be really popular this year online and we drive by one every time we go out to eat, so we went.

We didn’t buy a pumpkin though, because they were old and overpriced. We’ll probably get one from the grocery store if they have any left. I like to wait until the week before, or week of, Halloween before getting a pumpkin, because we got one earlier once and it basically started growing… Black mold. Welcome to Arizona! -Sigh- Yeah, I hate it here every good holiday ends up sucking.

Like the fact they have trick or treating ON Halloween here. Ridiculous. Everywhere I’ve ever lived it was on the Friday or Saturday before or after Halloween so kids could actually go out and ENJOY getting candy, instead of going while it’s still daytime because you have to be in bed for school the next day. REALLY? TRICK-OR-TREATING WHILE IT’S STILL DAYLIGHT???
This friggen place (Arizona) SUCKS (Specifically the Metro Phoenix “Valley of the Sun”).

Here are some pictures we took, my son thinks he’s the strongest boy in the world.

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Are you ready yet!?

 

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Did you really have to dress me up?

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I want this one!

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No, folks, she is not smiling (ha)

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Never-mind how about this one?!

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Check it out mom, I am strong boy!

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How about this one then?

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OK, You have to like this one? Please!!

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My Husband O, Being a Dork

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Just along for the ride, drooling every step of the way

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Check it out! I’m driving!