Momup! Monday: Ever woke up feeling like Scrooge?


Momup! Monday:  Ever woke up feeling like Scrooge?

I am finding it difficult to maintain the “normal” day-to-day routine while preparing for Christmas festivities.  I woke up this morning wanting to throw a full-fledged mommy tantrum. I am talking kicking and screaming until my face turns blue tantrum.  I have this overwhelming anxiety that just hit me like a freight train this morning. I kinda knew it might hit me eventually because I have been breezing though the past few weeks cool as a cucumber, eager to celebrate Jesus’ birthday and spend time with friends and family (you know, the true meaning of Christmas). Then this morning I awoke with a Scrooge attitude, I realized that I have exactly one week, not even, make that five days, to complete everything for Christmas (mostly the materialistic things).

Then I started going through my “To Do” list in my head:

  • Need to get my 16 month old in for her 15 month doctor’s appointment (feeling sooo guilty for this one).
  • Need to fill out permission slips and get money for field trips, due today (it’s gonna be late).
  • Son needs a dress shirt for Christmas (sounds so simple but those crazy stores strategically place all toys or “cool” expensive character PJs next to the dress clothes, I am sure he will be asking for everything under the son.  I need one of those “that was easy” buttons that say “no, it is not in our budget right now”).
  • Need to finish purchasing some Christmas Gifts, I would rather go into labor again than fight the traffic and crowds of crazy people, seriously, is there such a thing as a surrogate laborer? Sign me up!!
  • Contact family and see if anyone can make it to son’s Christmas program tomorrow (so last-minute, I meant to say something weeks ago, honestly!)
  • Need to wrap gifts, I am a greenie so, I try to wrap with whatever I have on hand at home. Last year it was brown packaging paper with pine cones, twine, and clips of evergreen. The year before I included cloth/linen, you can wrap small gifts in linen napkins and the person receiving the gift gets a bonus gift, linen napkins! This year I am using magazine pages to wrap gifts.

Reusing Magazine pages as gift wrap this year, going green and saving green!

  • Need to finish a few gifts for our playgroup kiddos.

Gift for kiddos’ friends - Noodles, the Dog, I love Christmas book and Scooby Snacks

  • Remember to move the elf! Poor guy has spent a few days just hanging around in the same location, I think he had one to many eggnogs and couldn’t fly back to the North Pole; he took the mature route and avoided a DWF (Drunk while flying).

Fisbee, our Elf on the Shelf

  • Finish teacher’s gifts.  This year they are getting Eco-friendly soap and air fresheners.

Teachers’ gifts

  • Get Christmas morning PJs for my daughter (it has been tricky trying to find little girl PJs in a size 8, she is really tall for her age)
  • Address and send Christmas Cards (or save them for next year?)
  • Change sheets and much more but I don’t want to eat up any more of your time, you have your own list that I am sure is escalating as we speak/type.

I would like to just go back up to bed and call in overwhelmed. I need an assistant but I think they are expensive, anyone know anyone willing to work for Cheerios? Or, maybe I could multiply myself like in that Michael Keaton movie multiplicity? Although, if I remember correctly that just ended up being more work keeping track of all of his multiple selves. So, instead I am going to put some Christmas potpourri on the stove to get back into that Christmas spirit and take Julia Andrews /Froilan Maria’s advice and start at the very beginning; it is a very go place to start.

Christmas Potpourri from my friend Tammy, the aroma of Christmas will be lingering through my house. It’s a great way to get you back into the sprit of Christmas.

Please share your “to do” list, what’s the weirdest thing on your list? What are you dreading the most? Or, maybe you are on target, and have little left on your “to do” list, if so I am jealous and I would love to hear your secret.

Tags: , ,

Categories: Christmas, Christmas Gift Ideas, Uncategorized

You're off to great places! But do keep in touch!

In the words of Dr. Seuss, You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go. And when you get there take us with you!

4 Comments on “Momup! Monday: Ever woke up feeling like Scrooge?”

  1. December 20, 2011 at 2:22 am #

    Thanks for commenting on my post! Merry Christmas to you. Definitely leave the cards until after Christmas – just write Happy New Year! on them. Really! People will be able to take the time to read your card then!

    • December 20, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

      Great Point! With all the preparation for Christmas the Christmas cards we receive are often tossed into a pile and read after the New Year, so why hassle with getting them out before Christmas. We will be sending Happy New Years cards from now on, I already feel relieved. Your feedback is appreciated Laura, thank you and Merry Christmas

  2. December 20, 2011 at 6:52 am #

    Oh, how I can relate! I had a meltdown a couple weeks ago. My week was so slammed and I planned on staying in my pajamas and catching up that Sunday. I told my hubby that I wasn’t even going to take off my pj’s because then I’d be tempted to go outside. At 3am, my little sister sent a text message about a birthday lunch the family would be having for her later that afternoon (yes, the same Sunday I was going to be in my pj’s working all day) and they’d forgotten to send out the note earlier in the week to confirm we’d all be getting together. So just that fast, 5 hours from my already packed day, was gone. Poof! In an instant. I started having a meltdown like a 5 year old and my husband (God bless him) just said, “Honey, go for a walk. Go outside and walk along the water and then come back. I promise it will make your day better.” So I listened and he was right. As soon as I walked along the water, the Lord comforted me and assured me He’d give me the amount of time I needed to get my work done and what He wanted me to do was to go support my sister. So that’s what we did and it all turned out great.

    But I completely understand the grown-up temper tantrum (aka meltdown :)).

    • December 20, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

      It was embarrassing to admit and I am so glad I am not alone when it comes to the adult temper tantrum. And I think your husband might be on to something. It is amazing how just having a moment to yourself (with God); to collect your thoughts, and refocus your priorities provides such clarity and rejuvenation. Thank you for sharing and don’t be a stranger. God Bless

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: