Tuesday, December 27, 2005

3 Down, 2 To Go

Back to work today. God, did that suck getting out of bed this morning! UGH. Yesterday PC and I went out and spent one of his gift cards - I LOVE after Christmas sales! I found something for my half sis, KR. Just have to finish up Mom, Chica, Dad & B.

We did a very low key Christmas thing this year, even though we are still not done. Christmas Eve, Girl and I sang at 6:00 mass and then headed over to Meem & FIL's with the boys for Christmas Eve dinner. This year, we did fondue. SmallBoy thought it was just the coolest thing to be able to cook his own food. He dipped the beef tenderloin and LOVED IT! Wait, it gets better.....the other alternative was shrimp. He tried it. HE LIKED IT! I was just floored. Perhaps it was because no one told him that he HAD to try it, that he thought it interesting, saw others enjoying it and figured, what the hell, why not?!

Sunday morning we got up, did our unwrapping and sharing and snarfed down some Pilsbury Grands Cinnamon Rolls (those are SO EVIL!). PC remembered that I had talked about all of the loose pictures that I have from my trip to Italy in 2001, so he found the most exquisite, leather bound photo album for me to store them in. It's absolutely beautiful. Now, all I have to do is FIND my photos...I think they're in my closet.

Meem got me a Marti necklace!!!!!! I'd show you the pic, but I got the one in the picture, so it's all gone. This one is similar, though, as it was my back up in case she had already sold the one I wanted. You'd love it, though! Go over and check out her pottery site and you'll see what I mean about how awesome her work is.

SmallBoy did great with our weird schedule. He and I sat down on Thursday evening and just took a piece of paper and wrote three columns on it: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We wrote down exactly what was planned for each day and a rough time frame for each. I taught him about "ish" time which turned out to be a HUGE help. In the spots where he was going to be with his dad, we left the boxes blank. I told him to fill those in with his dad. I also told him that some of the things might change because schedules get so hectic at the holidays. He LOVED it! He even sat through Christmas Eve mass and behaved! The boys sat separate from Girl (she sat in the loft with the choir) and me (I sat in the front of the church as I had to sing the mass parts and lead the congregation). At one point I looked over and I saw LargeBoy and I saw the woman on the other side of SmallBoy, and they were both looking at SmallBoy (whom I could not see). I was up singing in front of the whole church trying desperately to figure out if something was wrong. It turns out that the woman next to him couldn't get over how well he was behaving and was telling him about what a good boy he was. It was really cute to look over during another part of mass and see him just singing away.

I think until I get totally organized, I will keep this "ish" schedule going. It helped him to see and be able to visualize what was going on, where things MIGHT change, and what was definite. He was able to bring the schedule with him to his dad's and didn't even lose it!

So, today is back into our regular routine - ok, MY regular routine, except that I only had to wake PC this morning instead of everyone. Tonight, more Christmas shopping because I still have 2 more Christmases to go - one tomorrow with Dad (which I thought was Thursday, so now I'm panic shopping), and one on Friday with Mom. Then Saturday is New Year's Eve and mine & PC's 1st annivesary! YEA!!!!!!!! Did you all survive? How are the kids faring? How are the Hanukkah celebrations ( I think it's cool that everything started together this year)? OH!!!!!!!! And please stop in and see Griffin's Mom. She is home and excited to be with Griffin again and most anxious to hear from everyone!


marti (standing still for once) said...

Thank you for the link! And, we received your card, and I'm writing notes this afternoon so will get one in the mail to you. I won't consider it late, since you're still doing Christmas! LOL. And, so glad the necklace arrived on time and you like it so well. That makes my heart all warm and fuzzy!

mommyguilt said...

It's GORGEOUS and SO me!

SullenBunny said...

SOunds like a great Xmas. Glad you had a nice holiday!

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Laura said...

Isn't Marti's stuff fab? Glad you had a good holiday. I am looking forward to New Year's. This year has been a really LONG one.

Kristina Chew said...

Am I relieved to hear I am not the only one still shopping--just got photo stamps for my dad (with my little guy's photo, one in a special shirt from my dad to him). Ish time is a great concept!

Kudos to SmallBoy for doing a Great Big Great Job.

kyra said...

i love that smallboy ate the shrimp! hooray for him! sounds like your holidays are going along beautifully. i'm all for the 'ish' schedule!

Eileen said...

Sounds like you are having yourself a fantastic Holiday. And your still going. Shopping after Christmas is always so much better. I love all the sales!
I think I will take the boys out today to Target to use their Target gift cards that they got from their uncle. It's not like they need anymore toys in this house, but I love a good sale and I need more batteries for all these toys.

So glad to hear Small Boy is doing so awesome!!! Thanks to Mom and her ish schedule. Great job!!!

mommyguilt said...

Thanks Eileen - I hope things have calmed in your neighborhood. Give us an update if those scary guys were ever picked up. I have to go out, too, and get more batteries...Yoda's lightsaber was left on (sadly, by one of us responsible adults), and it doesn't light up or talk anymore!