The bold parts of this post should be hummed to the tune of '12 Days of Christmas' . . .
On the 1st day of December, I told my daughter Mini: 'You need a bra!' ♪ ♫
|These flimsy colorful |
preteen bras are
no longer suitable for Mini.
|Now I need to look for this|
certified gluten fee
label before I shop.
On the 2nd day of December, my GI doc said to me: 'Go visit a dietitian', ♬ ♪ ♪
Since I recently discovered that I am inadvertently getting gluten in my supposed gluten free diet (thanks to celiac disease) this was a necessary, time-consuming adventure. I went to the University of Chicago per my suburban doctor's instructions and learned about labels that say gluten free and those that are certified gluten free. There were other tips too. I feel like I am starting over after previously feeling like I was very careful. Insert loud, depressing, heavy sigh.
On the 3rd day of December, I told my fam-ily: 'Don't interrupt me while I start my Christmas poem!' ♭ ♬
|A few examples of |
previous Christmas letters.
Coach and I are grateful that our neat and tidy kids always listen the first time to our requests,
They are constantly sweeping the floor, folding laundry, and exhibiting behavior that’s their best.
I’m assuming you sense the sarcasm in that line– but a mom can dare to dream,
Honestly, Coach is usually at work, and I when I’m not driving them around I just yell and scream.
On the 4th day of December, I paid a visit to the mall. ♬ ♩
With three of the 6 kids born around Christmas, I have extra shopping to do.
|Leftover meatballs. |
They look better fresh.
On the 5th day of December, I cooked spaghetti & meatballs for Tank's birthday dinner request! ♩ ♫
Cooking big meals in the basement is a thrill a minute. Oh, dishwashers- please be installed soon!
On the 6th day of December, I attended Tank's holiday high school band concert. ♪ ♬
Well, there's 2 hours that I will never get back. Honestly, the concert WAS amazing. Lots of talent. I just had too many things I needed to do with my time. TWO HOURS. That's lengthy. Before the concert I drove all the way to Irish dancing to drop off the girls. Coach agreed to pick them up after work. I texted Coach mid-concert to alert him that he had dodged yet another bullet.
On the 7th day of December, I found myself back at the high school. ♫ ♪
Another 2 hours invested at the high school. It was 8th grade night. Soon-to-be freshman meet their counselor, take a tour of the school, and walk around the field house to be introduced to available clubs, activities, and teams. Fun, but again a time investment that kept me from my blog.
|Nosebleed section |
of the Bulls game.
On the 8th day of December, I attended two high school basketball games. ♫ ♫
Both Eddie and Tank played in home games. Friday I don't babysit, so I was committed to completing the Christmas poem. Well, so much for self-inflicted deadlines. It's almost done. An opponent knocked into Tank's jaw during his game. The trainer said he sprained his TMJ. I asked him if he recommended Tank not speak for several weeks to speed recovery. Wishful thinking.
On the 9th day of December, the family drove to the United Center TWO TIMES! ♪ ♫
Ed's varsity basketball team played at the United Center at 11:30 am. $25 tickets included entrance into 'Da Bulls game that night. Ed's coach begged us to sell tickets. Friends, cousins, aunts, and uncles attended. A nephew slept over. BUSY!! Lots of hustling people to buy tickets weeks ago, followed by: countless emails, last minute ticket requests, group text messages, family, driving, and orchestrating groups of people. No blog time here.
On the 10th day of December, I looked back in disbelief . . . ♬ ♩
In addition to all of this, I taught religious ed, got groceries 9 times, cooked several meals, attended 2 of Reggie's away games, washed dishes by hand, moved mountains of clutter so I could vacuum 4 bedrooms., washed 7 loads of laundry, sorted 6 stacks of laundry, listened to Ed complain about our 2 dancing girls leaping, called the builder, met with a guy about our custom built-in bench, found fabric for the bench, ordered two kitchen stools, finalized the new kitchen table, AND FINALLY FOUND TIMMME . . . TO BLLL-OOO-GGG!!! ♬ ♪
Hope it was worth the wait! What things are happening in your December days that keep you from blogging?
Everything! The shopping, the wrapping, the decorating. At least, now I'm off work for the rest of the year, so hopefully I'll have more free time.
Yes, I hear you. And I would much rather blog. I feel more accomplished than sorting stacks of laundry.
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