Yes, that's what my life has become, one where I thrive on waking up at 6:45, drinking a coffee, making four different lunches, waking up four children, and heading out the door on the way to school at 8:00am. I really do love it! A schedule makes me happy. I have two calenders, I make lists, and I have a special laundry basket filled with things I should do something with. It's the only way a mom of four kids, of totally different ages, with completely different activities, can function. ...and my "functioning" is sometimes questionable at best. :) Tonight I forgot to give the kids dinner and opened up a precious box of macaroni and cheese at 9:00pm. Oops.
So Christmas. Our Christmas morning didn't even start until 9AM!!! We have been training the kids to sleep in ever since school got out and it worked out pretty well for us this Christmas morning. :) It's really good that we got to sleep in because on Christmas Eve Santa dropped off a pink play mobile princess castle for Andrea ...and good ole' Santa asked Happy to build it. Who would have thought a child's toy would take a solid four hours to build!! It was a bit much, and we've learned another Christmas Eve lesson. I'm sure by the time the kids are all grown up we will have a fool proof way to NOT be up ridiculously late on Christmas Eve.
Anyways, I think our Christmas was pretty reasonable. This time of year I'm often annoyed at the amount of, ummm, let's see, for lack of a better word I'm often annoyed at the amount of CRAP our kids have. I think we did an okay job at not raising the CRAP level of our house.
Andrea got the above mentioned play mobile castle. It's pink and is silly big, therefore she loves it ...lots of new various play mobile in Andrea's life now. She can play "house" all day long. Andrea also got some new mermaids because she is obsessed with mermaids. Special thanks to my friend Kelly who gave her her very first mermaid for her birthday. :) I'm not sure what about mermaids are so special, but Andrea loves them ...almost as much as Hello Kitty. :)
All Scotty really asked for was a new Mario Kart game, which of course you can only get for the new Nintendo 3DS, hence he got a new DS. (Oh yah, Andrea also got a new DS so she would leave Scotty's alone.) :) Scotty also got lots of wood toys: Two big domino sets, a marble track, Kapla - which are like wooden flat rectangles that you build stuff with. He also got a new piece for his hot wheels track and a battling spin-y toy thing.
Sierra's big gift was a new iPod that takes pictures. She got lots of clothes and some drawing stuff. Jewelry, random things, blank CDs to put music on... Nothing too exciting. She's 11 and officially done with toys ...although when Andrea wants to play castle Sierra is her favorite person to play with. :)
Michaela's big gift was a week long ski trip to Norway. :) She also got lots of clothes and jewelry and some drawing stuff, several books ...random things... basically the same "stuff" as Sierra. She did get a membership to an online game too ...that made her happy. :)
Happy got some stuff. I got some stuff. Lots of stuff, nothing too exciting, we already have everything we need ...and I could now write something really cheesy about how all we really need is our family ...but it would be cheesy ...so I won't. ...but it's true. It feels very safe to know there are people who love me no matter what. I will never be stuck alone.
HA! Alone? I can't even be alone when going to the bathroom! ...Andrea always comes in because she wants to "pee with mommy" ...and she has to finish first because everything is a contest in which she has to win. Hmmmmmm... I don't know where she got that from. :)
...pictures later. I'm tired. That was a lot to type and it's been a while since I've written lots. :)