An UnSeasonable Holiday Season


I love the holidays, but this year something just doesn’t seem right about the holiday season. For starters, it’s way too warm for me to get into the holiday spirit. I mean, there’s just something that isn’t right about picking out a Christmas tree on a sunny day in a t-shirt, shorts, and flip flops! I broke a sweat helping Ben hang the lights this year, and it wasn’t from all the hard work I did standing on the ground dictating where everything should go. It was just freakin’ too hot for December!

Then there’s the whole issue of sickness. My poor kiddo picked up a bug the first week of school, and we’ve been fighting one thing after another ever since. Her poor immune system and Kindergarten aren’t playing well, and if she makes it through the entire school week without coming home early or missing a day it will only be the 4th time she’s made it all week…since mid-August.


We’ll get her through Kindergarten one way or another, but a cold snap to kill off all these germs sure would help. We’ve all had to go back on our allergy meds. This “Fall heat wave” and all the excess moisture dropping from the sky has our mold allergies doing double time, especially poor Ellie. A drop to “normal” seasonal temps would do so much more than induce that Christmas spirit. Just maybe the cold temps would kill off some of these germs and give my poor sick baby a rest! I would love to send her back to school after Christmas break sickness free…just in time for all the new germs to spread, but at least maybe her immune system could get a break!

For now we’ll keep powering through. We’ll continue our holiday festivities, riding around in shorts and flip flops looking at Christmas lights even though it just doesn’t feel normal, and we’ll head off for another doctor’s visit next week hoping we can finally get through Ellie’s 6 year old wellness check without having to postpone it yet again because it needs to be a sick visit instead. 

How’s the weather for you? We know we definitely won’t be having a white Christmas this year!

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Let Birthday Season Begin!

Whew. I feel like I’ve barely sat down all week! We’ve hit the “busy season” around here again. Once Fall hits we’re constantly on the go thanks to a major influx of birthdays on top of holidays. We started off with Ellie’s 6th birthday last week (I still can’t believe my baby is 6!) followed by Halloween and Ellie’s birthday party this past weekend.

Over the next 2 weeks we have 13 birthdays, including my own. That’s a lot of parties to attend and presents to buy! As much as I would love to buy an awesome gift for everyone we’re on a tight budget. This year we’re trying to make each birthday gift more personal by contributing to something we know the person really wants, like giving my cousin a card with cash in it and a note to put it towards the fender kurt cobain mustang he really wants. He actually asked people to contribute towards his guitar, so I let the girls make a guitar shaped birthday card for him.

Tomorrow the girls and I are busting out the crafting supplies to make a few more gifts that I’m hoping our family and friends will love. I personally prefer the little handmade gifts over the big expensive ones. How about you?