“Oh smile a little bit,” the bank employee at Chase said to while I was waiting in line today. I truly didn’t even realize I wasn’t, but I was so deep in thought over all that I still have to do before Christmas is actually here (with it being only a few short days away). I shouldn’t be complaining really, I shouldn’t, because my mother is cooking Christmas Eve dinner and my mother-in-law is doing Christmas Day at her house for dinner. And yet, the stress is mounting to bake more, as well as, finishing buying those last minute gifts and wrapping them.
Ok let me re-phrase that I do not wrap gifts, I am terrible at it. As I write this my wonderful, loving husband is wrapping some more gifts. He wrapped the kids presents yesterday. He took a break and I tried (keyword tried) to wrap four little gift sets for the young girls who help the dance teacher at Emma and Lily’s dance class. The mess I made (and let’s not forget the few four letter choice words that I uttered, too) was ridiculous. I wrapped them all right, but barely. Seriously, I can do crazy math equations in my head, but I can’t wrap presents to safe my life!! So, yes I do thank god for Kevin and his wrapping abilities, because my poor kids don’t ever have to worry that they will have to open my messed up wrapping job.
That said, back to smiling or the lack thereof today. It is Saturday before Christmas and I really do love this time or year, but it is no secret that I hate Saturdays around here. My kids have dance and getting them out the door for their classes is plain torture. When I woke them this morning, Emma thankfully woke up happy (staying happy is a whole other ball of wax), but Lily was screaming like I was torturing her to get out of bed while having to leave her blanket and pillow behind. I can relate, because I too love my bed and it is rather cold here right now, but still my ears were practically on fire listening to her screams.
In the meantime, Kevin’s battery on his car died and I as I write this his dad is coming over to check the car out. Probably going to cost more money that quite frankly we didn’t need to part with at Christmas time, but I digress. Even getting out the door for dance class was nothing short of catastrophic for my girls. Both were unhappy with the tights, leg-warmers and just about everything else you could imagine. Even Kevin, who is the more patient out of the two of us turned to them and asked calmly, Do you two not want to go to dance class anymore, because that can be arranged?”
Finally get to dance class, it is freezing out and the wind is whipping up, but neither of my kids would leave the car unless Kevin got them out. So, I am standing outside the car freezing my butt off waiting to see how this is going to play out for a few minutes.
Dance was uneventful minus the fact that Santa Claus himself made an appearance. My kids have now seen Santa three times and tomorrow will make four when Uncle Michael dresses up for his annual stint as Santa for them. Seriously, they are going to think Santa is an everyday occurrence and probably be asking even after Christmas for him. But nevertheless, they really are adorable with Santa and are so in awe. Really love this age for that much, I will say.
While, I was at dance class for both of my girls classes, Kevin did our grocery shopping. Again, I should not be complaining, because he really does pitch in a ton around here and as I was told recently by one of the other mothers from dance class, “You are so lucky.” But folks that didn’t happen overnight, it took years of nagging and bitching to wear him down. I hear horror stories about husbands going out partying all night long, not doing anything and then in the next breath hear, “Your husband is amazing.”
And don’t get me wrong he is a great guy, but again if I didn’t complain and openly disagree with him pretty much wearing down his resistance, he too could probably be an ass. That said I believe behind every wonderful guy is an even more wonderful woman/wife who nags until she makes her husband’s ears bleed!! Seriously though, Kevin put it best recently, when I lost my voice this past week, “It is the most wonderful time of the year and a true Christmas miracle!” And then he added, “You should lose your voice more often!” (All joking aside, still left with a lovely cough from this now.)
Honestly, I love Kevin will all my heart and do need to get him more than just the one thing I bought him so far for Christmas. I should get my rear in gear and go shopping one last time before Christmas is in fact here. So, I am going to sign off on this blog post for now and try to decide on which box of ear plugs will do the best job for him to drowned me out the quickest and best when I am in fact my loudest (joking )!! Also, maybe I could just give him this post, because I am fulfilling his wish to be talked up more on here, because every time a few days goes by without a mention of Kevin, he will ask me,”When will there be another Kevin post?” So here it is wrapped up with a pretty nice bow, too (ok again just teasing)!! And as for the smile that apparently I was so very lacking for that bank employee, fear not it is back now and I am smiling like as many a deranged housewife would right before attacking (more humor)!
Quite frankly, I kid because of how much I do love him and I do thank god for him (at this time of the year I just can’t help, but be indeed thankful). This is our marriage, we can argue with them best of them one minute, then laugh and joke the next. On a positive and happy note, tonight we are going out to dinner to celebrate just the two of us as Christmas is drawing nearer. I can’t stress enough that I am excited to have an adult meal out (most who follow know we get to do this every few months) with Kevin, actually eat something while it is still hot and have a drink or two. So, yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus and my Christmas prayer or letter to the big guy has been answered about a few hours of peace and quiet. However, I probably will have another blog article to write from that, but that is another story for another time.
Hope everyone is having a great weekend though and having a holly, jolly holiday season, too.
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