The kids got out of school early today for Christmas and I met them at the door with warm cookies and a living room that looks perfect. I mean since all the shopping is done, the gifts are wrapped and the holiday menu is totally planned what else do I have to do? Oh, and did I mention that because I budgeted and planned so carefully all year I had cash saved for every purchase so I don't have to redo the budget to fit our holiday gifts. And my kids are all completely happy to sit and play board games and no one has complained that there isn't enough time to play video games or computer.
Okay--here's what we're really doing.
This is Dallin "trying" to get his chores done with Jenna and Benson helping.
Landon is supposed to be putting all the toys away. In this picture he's playing catch with everything he can find including Jenna's ponies and Benson's bear. And of course he had no intention of making them squeal...
And Austin. Need I explain more? His mother is so mean. Chores!?! This is Christmas break! (of course I use my mother's line--"this is a break from school not life.")
My sink is literally piled with every cup we own because everyone has determined that hot chocolate is the only acceptable beverage choice in the week before Christmas. There is literally not one single clean cup in the entire house. It's been this way all week.
The laundry--oh the laundry.
Other than that we are doing well. Jenna has the placement of every ornament on the tree memorized. I added a couple of new ones the other day and she pointed out exactly which ones they were.
I am going to have to get out my creative and patient mothering handbook out for this next week. I'm sure it will be fun!