Christmas! The most wonderful time of the year... and the most exhausting. School is over so the wind down begins, but not for us quite yet.
I have written my check-list for the week ahead along with my feelings towards each job. Don't get me wrong I love Christmas! I love family time, seeing the kids squeal with excitement and of course the food. The one week of the year I really don't care about the words healthy, weight gain, exercise, no sugar, low fat, under 100 calories and stomach flab. Seven days where unbuttoning your jeans when you sit, burping and asking your kids to pass you things while you rest on the couch is totally acceptable. I just gave you permission, so go right on ahead and then add my number 1 news years resolution to your list; to be more classy next year!
So what's on for this week?
1. Shopping: I bought the kids presents months ago but why not completely blow our budget and go to the shops with everyone else at midnight on Christmas Eve and buy some more! My kids get trinkets for their stockings consisting of underwear, toothbrush, key rings, gel pens, figurines and Franklin even got a packet of dummies (that will be his favourite so why not?). They open these Christmas Eve so these gifts of which are basically things they need, have been covered in wrapping paper and are now an exciting pre-Christmas present! Christmas day consists of their present they asked Santa (he only gives them one as he has so many to give out), a couple from us (which had started with one before my impulse buying began) and a present from each other. So that's our thing if you need a new tradition!
2. Wrapping: You can always tell the first present I wrapped, because it's the neatest. With folded edges perfectly taped and a ribbon or sticker to show the effort put in. Things then go a bit down hill from there. I can no longer sit on the floor for hours like a five year old so as my back begins to give way, so does my motivation. I can see I'm running low on paper so weird shapes and cut bits of paper to fill gaps makes for avoiding the shops. However, because I'm a sucker for punishment I end up at the shops, buy some more paper, not open it and store it away for next year. To which then I decide to change my paper theme and not use it.
3. Food: For the first time this year I have a full fridge and pantry. I have bought the biggest turkey and ham so we can eat left over meat for the next month until we realise the frequent toilet trips and queasy tummy is due to eating it a little past its date, my bad. I hate waste and it will help kick start the New Year's Diet that we all love to do. Green Shake diet for January anyone?
4. Napping: It is vital that a mum needs to nap on the couch or in bed for at least an hour each day. Over indulging, hypo kids, not used to having your husband home each day and cleaning the kitchen and lounge room hourly deserves a kid free, noise free, mess free break. Are you the last to go to bed every night at the moment? Are you wrapping presents buy yourself? Are you preparing, baking and cooking for the week of festivities and making sure your house is constantly perfect for pop in visitors and family to see you have everything completely under control and 'don't you love this time to chill out and do nothing?' Yes that is all on you so take a break!
5. New Years: Christmas Eve, check. Christmas, check and now for the grand finale where you can let your hair down and begin the list of resolutions that you promise this year you WILL not break. Stay tuned for my next blog of New Years Resolutions for 2015. I assure you most will carry over from this year, which I didn't achieve from the year before.
Excited and exhausted, from one realistic mum to another, I wish you a Merry Christmas and hope you enjoy it with your family xx
My little family and I enjoying Carols on the Domain in Sydney. Merry Christmas beautiful mummas xx