Monday, December 11, 2017

My Grown Up Christmas List

If you're as old as I am and enjoy Christmas music as much as I do, then chances are you've heard the song, My Grown Up Christmas List. Several artists have belted out their own version of this seasonal tune and some of my favorites are Natalie Cole, Michael Buble, and Kelly Clarkson. Here's the chorus:

So here's my lifelong wish
My grown up Christmas list
Not for myself but for a world in need
No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
And everyone would have a friend 
And right would always win
And love would never end, no
This is my grown up Christmas list

This year I decided to write my own lyrics (in the same tune, of course)

So here's my lifelong wish
My grown up Christmas list
Not for myself but for my family
No more clothes to ever fold
That food would cook itself
And trash would find some help
And everyone would pickup for themselves
And Jack's gas wouldn't smell
And yet love would never end, no
This is my grown up Christmas list

Okay, so maybe I wrote that after a glass of wine one night when I was totally peeved about all the tasks that needed to be done around the house, but I feel the need to clarify that Jack is our dog and he really, really does have stinky gas from time to time! And despite all my crazy family wishes, my biggest is that love truly would never end (so I kept that lyric the same). 

Christmas is all about love and family to me and despite my "unseasonal" feelings, I am looking forward to having everyone together again very soon. 

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Currently ~ December 2017

Short and sweet today, Peeps, for Anne and her co-host, Catherine of A Short Blonde's Currently Link Up. Today we're talking about what we're currently lightingspendingchoosingsending, and singing.

lighting// My friend Jessica is a gin and tonic girl, so imagine her happiness when she found this candle at Bath and Body Works. Not sure what gin and tonic smells like, but I'm lighting my wax warmer and wafting in the baked cookie scent of Christmas
spending// Lots of time with my girls when Stephanie comes home from France in a week and a half. This Mama is SO ready to have this Girlie home! France has been a great learning experience for Steph, but she has decided not to return in January. 

choosing// My battles wisely and trying to teach my tween to do the same. Middle school is no joke and the drama and hormones are enough to drive me nuts these days. Despite the angst, we've been blessed with a great kid! Keep praying for those babies, moms. 

sending// Lots of love and happiness to my Mom and Dad today! They are celebrating 48 years of wedded bliss together! Happy Anniversary!!

singing// To Christmas tunes on the Holiday XM channel when I'm in the car. Alise and I fight over listening to it, or Taylor Swift's new CD. See the prompt 'choosing.'

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

It's A Wrap!

Well, it's KINDA a wrap!

I need to hire a gift wrapper.

And a Christmas tree decorator.

First things first. Y'all remember the Reading Fair that I've been dreading since July? Well, Alise won SECOND place in her division last week at her school's reading fair! She also won FIRST place for character representation! She is eligible to go to the regional fair in January, but we're taking our fifty bonus points in reading and sitting that one out. I am SO proud of her! She did an awesome job and her teacher loved her ombre board. Here she is minus her costume.
Stephanie called me on Friday to tell me that it was snowing in France. She was so excited and snapped me some pictures that were gorgeous. I reminded her that she is one lucky girl to see it snowing in France. Baby Girl is ready to come home!

So Friday night, Alise had a friend's birthday party at the movies and Wayne and I decided to do whatever it took to get our Christmas shopping done this weekend. If you follow on SC, it's no secret that I am not in the Christmas spirit this year. My tree is lit but totally bare. I have no other Christmas decor up and I don't plan to. I blame it all on peri-menopause and although it's probably totally wrong for me to feel this way, it is what it is. So we went out to eat Friday night and made a list of all the gifts and places we needed to go to finish the shopping. Right in the middle of dinner, the fire alarm went off in the restaurant. A precious little lady was celebrating her birthday and our waitress told us that the candles from her cake caused the fire alarm to go off.  I'm not sure if that was true or not, but the manager treated everyone to free dessert since we had to listen to it buzz for about ten minutes. I was a very happy girl!  

On Saturday we woke up early and hit the ground running! Wayne chauffeured me all over town and I am happy to say that by two o'clock that afternoon, we were finished with our holiday gift buying. Everything was purchased or ordered online. I must admit that it was so nice having a chauffeur. And a very patient husband. Most of the time, Wayne would stay in the car while I ran in the store, got what I needed, and he would meet me at the curb when I came out. It probably helped that he had the new iPhone X to play on while I shopped. Ahem! 

So now I'm taking offers for a gift wrapper.

I'm sad, y'all. 

In happier news, this picture popped up on my time hop last week and I started bawling. I never thought I would miss those days as much as I do. I mean, I'm certainly happy with a teenager, but the sweetness and innocence (believing in Santa) of a two year old makes this mama very sentimental. 
On Sunday we attended the ULM basketball game to see the girls play. Some of Steph's team mates asked us to come and since Wayne can't go to the games during the week, we decided to go. It was hard not seeing Stephanie on the court, but I wore her number, so in my own quirky way, I felt like I was still representing. 
This is Alise's last full week of school before mid-terms. This is the first year that her mid-term grade counts 20% of her overall grade for the semester. I think that is the stupidest thing I've ever heard of, but whatever. I'm sorry, but if a kid as a 99 average in a class for the semester, she should not have to take a final.

Oh! best friend in Alabama texted me Sunday afternoon to tell me that she's going to be a Grandma!!  I am ecstatic for her! But don't think that in the back of my mind I wasn't thinking, I'm glad it's you and not me!

Monday, December 04, 2017

TBB Asks... Merry Christmas!

The holidays are getting real, y'all, and this Mama has got to kick it in gear! I'm a little behind where I normally am this time of year as far as gift buying goes and our calendar is beginning to get a little wacko. I keep telling myself to just breathe!

Today I'm linking up with The Blended Blog for their monthly Q&A link up!

1. Real or fake tree.
Fake. When Wayne and I first got married, we always had real trees. About five years ago, I got a steal of a deal on a fake tree at Sears after the holidays. A huge, seven foot tree for less than $25! You shoulda seen Wayne trying to wedge that box in the car! 

2. Favorite Christmas Cookie
I use to host a Christmas Cookie Exchange every year.  Those were always so much fun! My favorites are the ones that Alise and I cut out and decorate together the weekend before Christmas! It's tradition!

3. Home on Christmas Morning or Travel
When I was a kid, we always had to travel and I hated it. Michael and I woke up, opened our Santa presents, and then mom and dad were rushing us out the door to Grandma's house. We stay home on Christmas morning and then go to my parents for lunch.

4. Clear or Colored Lights

5. Send Christmas cards?
I've become a Christmas card slacker.

6. Favorite Christmas present received?
Our Lord and Savior! 

7. Favorite Christmas present given?
The year Santa brought Alise a puppy! I will never forget the look on her face!

8. Stockings or no stockings?

9. Christmas PJs?
Of course!

10. Favorite Christmas carol?
All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey. Does that count? Away In A Manager, too.

11. Favorite Holiday Tradition?
My mom started the tradition of letting Michael and I open one present on Christmas Eve. It was always Christmas pajamas and I carried on that tradition with Alise.

12. Early shopper or last minute?
Early shopper. I've done more shopping online this season than I ever have!

13. Favorite Christmas Movie or Show.
Christmas Vacation

14. Favorite Holiday Beverage?
My Rudolph Punch

15. Cookies and Milk for Santa?

Merry Christmas, Loves!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Show and Tell Tuesday

Thank you to my Beautiful Blonde friend, Andrea, for reminding me about Momfessionals Show and Tell Tuesday. I haven't participated in the last few months, but the holiday version of this link up is going to be a HIT and I can't wait to read all the awesome ideas that we're wanting, needing, wearing and reading for Christmas this year. 

And let me just say, you girls have hit it out of the North Pole this year with your gift giving guides for Christmas! It's a little overwhelming to click into my blog feed every day and see so many wonderful posts with gift giving ideas from hostess, to teens, to your hair stylist! Christmas cheers to all of you (Cue raised glass of bubbly)!

Wayne and I have decide to go light on the Christmas buying this year. We booked Alise's upcoming thirteenth birthday party as Universal and Disney a few months ago, so that's where most of the Christmas funds were spent, but I think the girls will still have a great Christmas. We decided to enforce the three limit rule this year. I'll let you know by 10:00 Christmas morning how that went (wink!).

But before we get to my list, I have to give a shout out to the announcement of Prince Harry's engagement. I felt the sigh around the world yesterday morning, including my own. I texted Stephanie and said, "Welp! Your dream of marrying a prince just died." She didn't respond, but truly. I am happy for them and wish them the best. I have to say that I'm a little shocked that the Queen agreed to an American princess, so I'll be curious to see how this this whole engagement and wedding unfolds next spring. Friends are already asking me if I will be having a wedding party for the nuptials like I did for Prince William and Kate - complete with a wedding cake, no less - and the answer is, OF COURSE I WILL!

Now on to my list!

Wanting// Every year since we've been married, Wayne has given me a dated silver musical bell and even though we have decided not to give each other gifts for Christmas this year, this is one gift that better be under the tree! It's tradition and it would kill my soul to miss a year. 
Color:Silver - Image 1 - Lenox Silver-Plated 2017 Musical Bell Ornament
Needing// TMI but I am in need of some new undergarments so a nice gift card from Victoria Secret or Soma would must definitely be appreciative. I recently bought a new gown from the "cooling" line of Soma - and they would make a GREAT Christmas gift for a mom or sister in law (just bought my BFF one!), but my undergarments are biting the dust and the wires poking me are driving me NUTS! Sorry. TMI.

Wearing// Well, I snoozed and lost this past weekend! I tried on a awesome  sweater this past Wednesday night (the night before TG) at Express and fell in love with it. I debated on buying it on Black Friday and now it's sayonara on an item that I would have loved to have had. Why did I wait? Only God knows why! And I'm still kicking myself over it! 

Reading// Most of my books I read on Kindle, so whatevah ya gotta do to give me "credit" for book purchases on Amazon would be most appreciative.

Still playing Mrs. Bah Humbug over here. I just can NOT get in the holiday spirit. Stephanie berates be every day about being in the Christmas spirit half way around the world, but I attribute that to her coming home in less than twenty days. And then I feel like crap because I should be Mrs. Claus in her eyes and it just ain't happening. I love her to death and she has so many plans when she gets home, and I hope for her sake that they all come true! I, on the other hand, have got to pull my big girl panties up and get to decorating a tree and planning for hosting our annual GNO in three weeks! Hopefully it will all come together soon enough!

Shout out to my Baby Girl Baller!  She had the best basketball game of the season so far last night and me and her dad are SO stinking proud of her! She is an awesome athlete and I can't wait for Steph to get home to see her play. I am so blessed!