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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

All I Want for Christmas...

So I just cleaned out my linen closet and have determined that we are in serious need of some new towels. I don't think I've bought a new set in ten years or so with the exception of holiday hand towels.  I apparently have some sort of fetish with those that I did not even know I had.  Especially Halloween towels because I have a mile high stack of those as opposed to about three or four decent everyday ones.  And I'm not sure what that says about me but I admit it's a little weird.  Why did I think I needed a dozen Halloween towels?  

Before that I finally got around to moving the dvd's into the entertainment center we've had for several weeks now. Oh yes, we are having tons of fun at my house today. Try not to hate.  

In other news, progress reports came home from the middle school yesterday and let's just say I shouted and lectured so much that I wore myself flat out because I slept until 10:00 this morning. Could they not have waited until after the break?  Because now I'm in a predicament.  Do I lift the total lockdown for a couple of days in the spirit of Christmas or do I proceed with my "you're going to straighten up and fly right if it kills us both" wrath? 

I have definitely come to the conclusion that it is harder to parent a middle schooler than it was to be one myself.  I keep telling myself that this too shall pass and dear Lord, I hope it passes soon!  I'm also hoping that Santa leaves a good dose of patience in my stocking. Which brings me to the subject of this post... 

You know you're a mom when all you want for Christmas is...

~Lots and lots of patience.

~Noise cancelling headphones.

~For someone to clean something, anything, without you having to ask, beg or threaten.

~A day without bickering. 
(I don't even remember what that's like).

~For homework to be done willingly without you having to ask, beg, or threaten.  

~A day, hour, minute or second without worry.

~A fat free, calorie free, chocolate bar bigger than your head. (for those moments when deep breathing just doesn't cut it.)

~For both your children to appease you by smiling kindly and like they mean it for one little Christmas picture without you having to ask, beg or threaten.

~A manual from God himself explaining exactly what to do in each and every parenting challenge/situation that arises.

~A guarantee that your children will be kept safe for at least the next 90 years or so...

Would that be too much to ask?  

*Post inspired by Mama Kat's Writing Prompt "You know you're a mother when..."

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  1. Great list..and I pretty much want everything you do! We are barely surviving 5th grade so I am not looking forward to middle school.

  2. I love your list! I have box of candy tucked away for my husband and I to enjoy after all the Christmas events.

  3. I think I need most if to of those things on your list. I hope we get them!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  4. Youngest's teacher gave them homework this week.

    All it included was helping around the house. We have to check off what they did, sign, and return it to school.

    Can you tell this woman has 3 girls ages 13-17? Genius.

  5. I want what you want, too:)

    Loved your card:)

    My kids got it from me, yesterday. "We don't sit around and watch TV all day even if it's raining. Dad and I are not your maids, chauffers, cruise directors, etc." These are the spaces I want can do it for money or free. If I have to tell you, again, what I want's for free:) If you want to do all your extra curricular activities you will help me get things in order over break because you have over 32+ bb games in january!" I can honestly tell you that my laundry room has never looked better.

  6. Be thankful you dont have middle schol girls

  7. Do the unexpected it seems to be what they remember. I know once I told Cam we would start looking into how soon he could drop out of school since he obviously wasn't interested in succeeding. That gave him pause. I think his grades improved for a semester.

    Enjoy your holidays and know you and your kids are prayed for. God has this. Rest in that.

  8. Ah, yes, parenting a middle-schooler. I remember those days well. No advice, just wishing you good luck!
    And a Merry Christmas!

  9. My older one never made the grades I knew he could make in middle school. I finally found the ultimate motivator now that he's in 10th grade. If he makes the grades, he gets to drive. If he doesn't, he has to hand over his license. Works great!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  10. I feel your pain. Parenting children this age is not for sissies.

  11. I agree w/the whole list, but those last two? ABSOLUTELY. I think someone stole my manual (b/c I think it exists). Heathens. We're in our first year of middle school w/the oldest and lemme tell is so not elementary.

  12. BTW, Julianna -- I LOVE the teacher's idea! I hope they get lots of check marks.

  13. Those middle school years are rough but enjoy them while you can!

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  15. I hope you get everything on your list.

    Merry Christmas!