So we (my Husband and I) set out a couple of days ago. A mission of Christmas importance.
The Santa Picture....
We gave it no thought. Last year was a breeze right (NOT!!) Why should this be harder??
Well fist off it's amazing how we seem to forget how really difficult things can be.
Seriously, how in such a short period of time do we just up and erase our memories of the bad and frustrating things that we endure as parents??
Because ... we have this granger idea of what we WANT it to be. We hold dear in our minds this intangible "Hallmark Moment"
We just think well... It won't be so bad. We'll do all our preparation, go in the right timing and it will be Great! Right??
Yeah.. well here is where it always goes bad. We think about this as if we are working with solid consistent people. They are little and fly by the seats of their sweet little pants. How can we know what is going to happen??? THEY don't even know!!
So Tuesday night we sailed out of the house at 3:30 figuring the mall will be okay and we'll sail right in and pay good old Saint Nick a visit. We got there... we saw him... it went well, bad.
Neither Johnpaul nor Nathaniel would smile or really even talk to Santa.
They both seemed deflated and zoned out.
And when I sat Christian on his lap you'd swear Santa was on fire. The kid just screamed and screamed! I know this is a pretty normal reaction but he believe it or not he is the very First of mine to cry on Santas lap.
Okay... so we looked at the pictures and you can guess that they sucked. So we thought we'd go away and loosen up the kids a bit.
When we returned... Santa was just leaving for dinner. So.. rather than drag it out, we left. Strike One.
Then comes Wednesday... I made all the calls had all the conversations trying to get the day in affair so this would or could go more smoothly.
We arrived.. everyone is in a great mood!
We join the line.. only a few people ahead of us... Looking good!
It's our turn!
We go up and greet Santa and immediately it's obvious that Christian is NOT having it.
So the photographer and wish woman waves us and suggests the two older do their thing and we will ambush him onto Santas lap. Santa in agreement we go for it!
So it's not perfect.. But it's still super cute!
We survived yet another Family Milestone. We will I'm certain forget the craziness of it and be again all ramped up for a repeat next year. What ever.. we got it done.
Ya ever have one of those days where as soon as your eyes pop, your in a horrible mood....?
That would be today. True I got no sleep last night, I went to bed with a head ache and fought with a baby all night jockeying for space in bed and him hungry all night. But that is every night....
What made this day any different? As soon as I stepped one foot on the floor my 3 year old in running in MOMMMMMY!!! Waking the baby I spent all night soothing.... Again.. Not different.
All I know is I now am spending these moments while nursing typing away, checking emails.. correcting typos caused by a kicking squirming baby...So sorry if I missed some. Trying to decompress and get a grip on our day.
Today we get to go play with friends and run off some of that energy. I hope my head ache leaves as fast as it came.
Maybe I'll try coffee.... I've got a serious case of the Blahs. 9:02am.....
I'm a person who is highly devoted to my Husband John, my three sons Johnpaul, Nathaniel & Christian.
These four people are my Reason.
My Family, my Friends & God who I am in debt to, they have made me into who I am today. Thank you for the strength.
I am a person who actually likes to work, currently my occupation is MOM. Which also happens to be the hardest yet most rewarding job I've ever had, and believe me I've had a lot of different jobs. :o)
I have a pretty strong personality. I get told this a lot.
I'm supposing this is in fact a good thing. If not sorry.
I enjoy meeting new people and discovering new
friends. I am a person who to my best ability tries to be very honest, forgiving and respectful. I am not perfect and do not expect others to be.
**I only have a few pet peeves and the main one is people trying to act like they are better than any one else.
If you act like this GO AWAY......
Born March 29th 2006 He's my Master Negotiator and Helper
This little man is my baby in training. He gave me the greatest honor of changing my life and title forever. He made me Mom. He made me important.
It has been a short four years that have blurred past of sword fights, super heroes and laughs.
Johnpaul is a Big Brother ask any one he doesn't take his title lightly.
One of my most favorite of many amazing attributes of Johnpaul is his idea of Honor Love and Family. He is a awesome little boy. I look forward in watching him grow.
My Big & Naughty Nathaniel Jacob
Born November 21st 2007 He's my Determined Problem Solver
This guy was worry from within the whom. At week 15 I started to bleed. We were loosing him. It was that day this sweet one even before breathing air taught me one of my most precious life lessons.. patience.
Before I had little but while pregnant with him I was on strict bed rest for 172 days. I was more than worth it.
My image of him was he was the most Determined person.. boy was I right. He will because of this be anything he wants. Greatness is in his future.
Nathaniel is loving, sweet and considerate. He can melt your worst day with his smile.
My sweet baby Christian Michael
Born September 10th 2009 He is my Big Snuggler
This little love. He's my last but in no where my least. He was not planned but was very welcome. He was an Anniversary Gift the best kind ever. Christian doesn't talk yet or walk but I can already tell he's a big thinker.
He is always watching. I can't wait to see how his personality unfolds... but at the same time hope he takes his sweet time. He is my baby, my last and I'd like to keep him sdmall for a bit ;o)