December 18, 2014

The Countdown Begins!

I am wrapped and pretty much ready for go time. I have one more gift card to pick up this weekend and I'm done! I'm still waiting for one box (ahem, OLD NAVY ORDER that I placed on 12/11) but I did finally get a shipping notification early this morning so hopefully it will arrive by Monday.

Now it's time to focus on cleaning the house, finishing the baking and gathering what I need to host our family for Christmas dinner.

And that bathroom? Still not done. I think he's trying to see how far he can push me.


December 15, 2014

Helping with PB&J

On Friday night, the boys and I (along with some help from my sister) prepared 100 PB&J sandwiches + a complete bagged lunch to be delivered to a local kitchen and passed out to disadvantaged people in the area. A wonderful mom I know does this every year and she called out for help this year and many people responded. As a result, 1,700 lunches were delivered on Saturday!

100 brown paper bags, labeled with an encouraging message
100 Christmas themed sandwich baggies
100 Nutrigrain & granola bars
100 juice boxes
100 pieces of candy
11 loaves of bread
4 small jars of peanut butter
1 large jar of jelly
 ... and about 3 hours of our time...

a priceless lesson for my boys to remember not all people are as fortunate to live in a warm house, with wifi and a stocked pantry.



December 11, 2014

Mean Mom

My children have a serious problem adapting to cold weather. You'd think we once lived year-round in a warm climate like Hawaii, but no, we have been born and bred in NJ ... and they refuse to wear pants or jeans of any kind.

In years past I just set a date and said "no more shorts after 11/15" but after much backlash from them (and rising and falling temps), I pushed the date to 12/1 but they are still wearing shorts to school!

This morning there was actual snow on the ground and I told Boo to wear pants. You might have thought I told him the internet died and wifi ceased to exist - it was that horrible. Tears! Seriously? Over wearing weather-appropriate clothing? Someone please help me to understand why this is such a big deal.  He told us he's "known for wearing shorts when no one else does" ... wait, what? Why is that a thing? You're in 5th grade! Am I seriously going to ruin his social stature at the age of 10 by insisting he wear pants during the winter? Am I being unreasonable here? They go outside at recess and he only wears a hoodie as a coat as it is!

H.E.L.P.

One part of me says why does this matter, if he wants to freeze, let him freeze ... but the Mom part wants to stand firm, avoid any conflict at school because he isn't wearing weather-appropriate clothing, and for heaven's sake - it's 30 degrees outside - cover your chicken legs!!

School uniforms would be welcomed right about now.


December 10, 2014

So Over 2014 Expenses

It happened again. Another problem in the house. As if replacing the heating and air and the mini flood in the basement weren't enough ... let's add a leaky toilet in the master bathroom to the list.  Not exactly a big deal, until my husband replaces the toilet and finds a corroded pipe, capable of bursting at any moment.

So then this happened:


Just what every one wants just a few weeks before Christmas! 

Dare to ask why there are two holes? The Husband temporarily lost his mind and cut the first hole (near the window) in the completely wrong spot. Even *I* knew the toilet wasn't in that corner!

Don't you think we should be eligible for a discount from our homeowner's insurance? We proactively fixed a problem before it became a giant, messy claim!

The good news is we've been talking about getting the ceiling repainted so now that will happen. And if you're wondering about the never-ending powder room renovation, well, it's almost done. The walls are painted, new counter top is installed but it still needs some trim pieces and we need to buy a new faucet. We realized after hanging the new light and mirror that the faucet need to be brushed nickel, instead of chrome. And he still needs to reconnect the toilet and patch the wall in the kitchen from the other leak.  All of that will be finished this weekend or you might see me on the news.

: )