National Pie/Pi day was established in 2009. It was March 14th in case you missed it too. I can’t believe I’ve missed it all these years. I love pie and would gladly enjoy a day devoted to pie. I also just learned its mathematical pi 3.14…..Dang. But next year we should really celebrate since it will be 3.1415!!!!! I want you to know I’m not going to miss Star Wars Day, which is May 4th. May the 4th be with you!!!!
Traditionally black-eyed peas are eaten at Midnight on New Year’s Eve or on New Year’s Day for good luck. Well, I am sad to say my family really doesn’t like black-eyed peas, dang! So I’ve devised a way to make it fun. I call them black-eyed shooters. I put the black-eyed peas in a shot glass and serve. The kids have fun eating them and I know they will have good luck throughout the year. Sometimes I can out smart them, but not often enough!
Since we’ve been parents, Jay and I have never been sick at the same time. This year Jay got
sick first then I was down for the count. This experience has been hard. First I’m doing everything while Jay is sick, then I am sick and Jay takes over doing everything while he is still sick. We have a new respect for single parents and how hard it must be.
Now we are trying to deck the halls I haven’t cleaned. Yikes. I need to get busy, I’m glad I got all that rest being sick. Below is our Christmas decorations. We need to get busy!
I'm pooped, but not dead! I got the outside decorations down in record time. We'll see how long it takes me to get it put away and in the attic!!! It's 11 A.M. and I've already broken a sweat (or a glisten)! Unfair, November 1, should be at least nippy. Below are the kids three Halloween costumes they had this year.
Our annual trip to Catfish Plantation in Waxahachie, Texas. It's an old house that is haunted and has been turned into a restaurant. The kids dress up when we go (to scare off the spirits)!
Then we come home and watch The Ghost and Mr. Chicken. I was the only one who stayed awake this year. Maybe they are getting to old. Dang.
School Halloween party not quite so scary!
Three little pigs revisited. When they were two they first appeared as the three little pigs. What a difference 10 years makes!!! We have hippy pig, Piggy-Wan Kenobi, and Piggy Davidson.
Once long ago in a land far far away there lived three little pigs...
The kids are having a Halloween party at school. They choose to bring chips and dip and drinks. Have I got an pinterest idea for ya'll!!! I pinned a project turning juice boxes in to mummies. Once again I let the kids do the project. It was actually pretty easy, a little time consuming but I think it turned out well. What you need are juice boxes, white duck tape and googly eyes.
Remove the straw from the juice box and cover the box with white duck tape. Leave a whole for the straw to be inserted. Attach the googly eyes and your done.
I think they turned out great!!! At least I didn't have to use the "advanced" tape machine or the hot glue gun! Anyone else have one last Halloween project?
Five Holiday Stress Busters
The triplet’s birthdays are in early August. Every year I say that’s the beginning of the holidays because Fall seems to fly by and Halloween is here before we know it.
As an older Mom I find I have less energy. During the Holidays I want to enjoy it without fatigue and being a Grinch. So here are my suggestions:
1. Pare it down/Prioritize.
Have a meeting with your family and ask them to list their top 3 (or whatever number works for you) holiday traditions. Explain to them that you want to simplify the holidays and want to concentrate on their favorite traditions. Make sure everyone realizes their top three may not make the cut. Once you have their lists, compare and find the most popular traditions and concentrate on doing those this year. It’s just pairing down and concentrating on what your family really enjoys and you can let the rest go. If Aunt Mamie’s 12 layer salad doesn’t make the cut, what a relief that you don’t have to go shopping and spend the time making it. (Unless it’s your favorite then go all out!!)
2. Schedule chores and time for yourself and your family.
I use a calendar to keep track of events. I schedule work days that don’t interfere with events we have planned. I make sure to schedule time for myself and time with my sweetie. If it’s on the calendar it’s hard to say no.
3. Enlist everyone's help.
This means hubby too. My kids love to help. I've found it's easier to tackle the decorating and cooking if I have help. All ages can help. It’s ok if all the ornaments are on the bottom half of the tree. Laugh about it and take a picture. Maybe it’s a new tradition or decorating rage.
4. Be adaptable. Think outside the box.
When the triplets were 4, Jay’s Mom wanted the whole family to go to 8 a.m. Christmas Service. 8 A.M.!! She obviously doesn’t have small children. That’s prime Santa time at our house. Our solution was to have Christmas on Christmas Eve. The kids were small and didn’t know the difference. Santa came and we were able to have the whole day to ourselves and enjoy Christmas. No stress having to go to in-laws, etc. Then the next day it was a great day to spend with family. Obviously now it would be harder to pull off, but at that age it worked great.
5. Have smaller and more celebrations.
Is this a trick? For example, all during October, I’ll surprise the kids with creepy lunches or dinners. I’ll send “bones” (breadsticks) in their lunch sack, etc. During December we eat off Christmas plates and drink out of moose mugs all month. Having small celebrations helps spread the cooking throughout the month.
I try to remember the holidays should be fun and keep my ideas/expectations within reason.
I’m not saying don’t go all out if that is what you want and have the time and energy. I’m just saying it’s ok to pare down and take it a little slower.
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