Holy Hormones, Batman!

You guys.  I don’t know how parents survive this.  I really don’t know how teachers and school administrations deal with it en mass….  The tween mood swings may just be the end of me (or the start of a long relationship with my wine glass).

img_1530These two.  My almost 11 year old twins.  This weird tween-ish age where they both are and are not little kids.  They want to be older.  They want to say and do things that their older cousin does (uh…. no).  But there are glimpses of my littles still there, wanting and needing my help – but they are becoming few and far between.

It is such a weird time.  They are grumpy, they are goofy.  They are angry one minute, and completely chill the next.  They can’t stand each other.  They are worried about each other.  They sleep more, they stink more, they eat more, they worry more. They are pushing their boundaries and pushing my buttons.  The eye-rolls and frustrated sighs…. They are at an age where I don’t really want to know why showers take longer, or what they are doing in their rooms (this is where the men need to step in).

When I have a conversation about “why” they are doing whatever has been called to my attention – I get tears of anguish… cries of “I don’t know” and “I can’t control my emotions”.  I am left feeling helpless, because I cannot fix things for them, I can only give them a little guidance and support, and hope they make the right choices (or are ready to deal with consequences).

Basically I am in a house full of males – and I am terrified they will all end up on the same hormonal cycle of IMS: Irritable Male Syndrome.

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No matter how much these changes stress me out, I try to be the calming voice of reason (it is not pretty when momma loses her shit).  I read something a while back, and it stuck with me and helps how I approach the wild beasts….. Here are 9 SUPER IMPORTANT THINGS that every Tween (and every child) needs to hear:

  1. I love you.
  2. You matter.
  3. I’m proud of you.
  4. I’m sorry.
  5. I’m listening.
  6. I forgive you.
  7. This is your responsibility.
  8. You are capable.
  9. I am so glad you are mine.

Seems so simple right.  But think about the last time you made a point to say any or all of these things.  Even if you think they know….. they need to hear the words. 

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I miss when they were small enough to carry them both around… it would be interesting to try and recreate this picture now – I would drown!

Seriously though.  I feel like my hands are full with 2 boys.  Imagine being a teacher with 30 or so hormone twitchy tweens…. the mood-swings must be full blown carnival rides.  I am thankful for the teachers we have.  I am glad that they are open and communicate with me when something is “off” with my monsters.  It gives me an opportunity to have a discussion and try and sort it out – I’m not always successful, but I am glad for the chance to try.  I feel like I need to buy them all drinks, or chocolate, or both…. along with a medal of honor and bravery for dealing with so much more than I could handle. Thank you for being amazing.

I am fiercely proud of the people my kids are becoming.  I know that at the end of this phase, we will be stronger and ready to face what the world throws us next.  As always, thank you for my village for helping keep us sane – I hope the odds are ever in our favor to survive the raging changes.

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Aged to Imperfection

Today is the big day!!! Happy new year to me!

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The BIG freakin four-oh! At least I always thought of it as some HUGE milestone.  An inevitable sign that I am old.  **sigh** I thought I might be a little sad.  Maybe even a little disappointed that I haven’t achieved all that I used to think I should have done by now.  But, you know what….  I honestly feel like the best in life is yet to come!

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I am my best self, right now.  I know exactly who I am.  I know who I want to be.  I am genuinely happy.  I still have goals, and dreams and plans – but I am at a point in my life that I know that it is super important enjoy the journey too.  I’m not saying I am perfect – I am very far from it & my life isn’t all sunshine & rainbows…. but I do feel that am getting better with age.


Here are ten things that I have read or learned in my “old age”, that help remind me to live the life I love – and hopefully they can help you too:

  1. You are responsible for your own happiness.
  2. Make your reasons better than your excuses! You can’t have both.
  3. You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward.
  4. Don’t get worked up over things and people you cannot change.  It isn’t worth it.
  5. You owe yourself the love that you so freely give to other people.
  6. Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.
  7. Life becomes more meaningful when you realize the simple fact that you will never get the same moment twice.
  8. Love out loud & have fun!
  9. Breathe.
  10. Never underestimate the healing powers of uncontrollable laughter, music, the ocean & letting go.

Growing older is awesome….  You reach a point in your life, where you truly have zero fucks given for people who are judgy, rude,  or small minded –  and it is like a breath of fresh air.  A giant middle finger to all of those who tell you you aren’t good enough.  It feels AMAZING to just be myself, full of flaws and mistakes – to just be me. I surround myself with people who amplify my strengths and carry me through my weaknesses.  I wish someone would have told me all of this 20 years ago – but maybe at that age we aren’t ready to listen.

Now – my mom didn’t do any cute milestone birthday photos when I was a baby – because there was no social media peer pressure – and, well I am the middle kid – so we are lucky there are ANY pictures of me as a baby.  I am the mom of boys, so how often do I get to put on frilly, sparkly crap and be the center of attention? (for those of you who don’t know… the answer is NEVER)  So why the hell not plan something fun for myself for this milestone age?!?

To help celebrate my birthday, I went to visit my friend (and amazing photographer) Patty, for a fun little photo shoot.  We laughed a lot, I drank most of the bottle, & I ate a ton of frosting….  it was a BLAST!!!

So cheers to the next 40 years and all that life has to offer!  My new year starts now, and my resolutions are going to lead to fulfilling my heart and enjoying every moment.

Here is my parting thoughts for you today:  So what if your life so far hasn’t been “fair”…. don’t be a victim of your excuses.  You can’t change the past, but can change your mindset and make the most of the days you have left.  As the song says – I hope you have the time of your life….

I can’t leave without mentioning: If you are in the Fresno or Monterey areas of California, and you need an AMAZING photographer, please check out Patty Schmidt Photography   She is the only person who can get all the dudes in my house to cooperate & we always have a ton of fun (as evidenced in the photos above)!

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Ahhh…. love

I’m not one for hoping for big romantic gestures on Valentine’s Day (or ever really).  I am more of a love with all you have every day type of girl.

Seriously – I get anxious if someone spends three times as much to buy flowers or go to dinner – just because of the holiday!  I would rather stay at home, and get flowers another time.

Now don’t get me wrong…. I love when thought and effort goes into making any day a little brighter.  It can be something really small.  It can be a huge, grand shenanigan…. as long as I know it comes from your heart, it is my favorite.

As a hot-mess mom, I (of course) spent the last few nights staying up later than I should to create the Valentine’s for my boy’s classes…. This is likely the last year I will have such a task to undertake – next year we will be in middle school, and I am sure we will be much too cool to do something like it.

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Nate’s Valentine for his class. I never buy these for him – though he would eat this crap every day…. He actually helped put them together last night! #MomWin I am sure this year’s teacher will be happy it’s not whoopie cushions again (sorry about that Mrs. Corea!)
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Kevin’s choice of class Valentines…. Swedish Fish!  And of course we had to make a dozen extra, so he can pass out to favorite teachers, staff and friends not in class!

We try to not make a big deal about this holiday (because I would be disappointed by the lack of enthusiasm in my house… because #boys) – but I know that all my guys know that I love them… I only say it a million times every day.  I love all my people!

I did get a new to us treadmill for the garage this week as an early gift (thanks love!)…. now I just need to get my ass up in the morning and use it!  I bought some yummy sugar cookies for the guys (sorry didn’t bake myself, but I kinda suck). Exchanged some bitmoji messages and GIFs with my boys, to show my unwavering love. Oh, and one of our dogs left a surprise in the hallway this morning, so there is that.   If I am lucky, the other little dog will probably eat another one of my shoes today too…. It will be a no-cook, leftovers and wine kind of night – and that is perfect!

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I hope that your Valentine’s Day is whatever you want it to be!  Whether you go big or keep it quiet – I hope that you know you are loved EVERY SINGLE DAY!

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My love for these three is fierce…..  

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Holy Crap… I Missed It!

I swear, I blinked and the first month of the year was gone…. *poof* GONE! 

There were so many good intentions I had geared up to kick of 2018, and well folks – we are running a little behind schedule! It is what it is.

It was a busy month, but I didn’t really get started on all the STUFF that I had planned.

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I turn 40 very (very) soon.  I told myself I was going to get back into a gym routine – haven’t stepped foot in there yet! I wanted to do 40 Random Acts of Kindness before my birthday – but I should have started a week ago!  I have every intention of sharing more of the Young Living Oils and maybe grow that side gig a bit… Nope, haven’t done it.  Write here more often… *crickets*

What I did do – a quick work trip to the freezing parts of the country, a week sick at home (with a sick kiddo too), volunteered at little league try outs, ER visit with my love (for when he tried to cut his finger off with a knife while working in the garage), moved a bunch of crap out of the garage and into the house to organize/put away (it is still sitting in a pile)….  a whole lot of busy, with no traction on my goals.

I am a planner. I like to have a plan, even if it goes to crap.  The plan is still a guiding light in all the chaos.  I am a go-with-the-flow kind of person, but I get a little anxious if I don’t have a vague outline of what is next.  Okay, maybe more than a little anxious…  It freaks me out to not have a plan.

So…. It is a new month.  I still have 11 months to make 2018 kick ass.  I am not at all stressed that I haven’t gotten things started yet.  I still have a plan.  It will still happen.  If I start going to the gym now, all those New Years resolution people should have flaked out by now, and it will be less crowded.  I can still do 40 Random Acts of Kindness in honor of my birthday – but I may not get it all done before – oh well… it is more important to plan them to have meaning and impact than to fit a schedule.  And, I will work on that side gig – because everyone I love needs some oils in their life (I promise)!

It isn’t going to be easy, but I know I can crush my goals this year.  And I will plan for new goals along the way.  Getting old isn’t easy, and the number of tomorrows gets shorter and shorter….

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You have a choice.  You can spend your days wishing you had done things, or you can spend your days remembering all that you have done while planning for what the next day brings.

A challenge for each of you…. Get out of your own way.  Live each day with potential.  Tell people you love them.  Show people your true colors.  Don’t waste your life putting on a show, when you have so many better things to do.  Here is the bottom line….  If you choose to be happy and be yourself, NO ONE CAN TAKE THAT FROM YOU!  NO ONE!  If people say you can’t do something, you should take complete pleasure in proving them wrong. You can do anything you set your mind to, and you don’t have to do it alone – just ask!

Happy February my friends…. go out and do something good!

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Keep On, Keepin On

2017 wasn’t a great year.  It wasn’t perfect.  It wasn’t a total disaster.  It was definitely full of challenges, growth, learning – but I really cannot complain (and if I did, who would want to listen to me anyways)….

In 2017 – I lost my job.  I spent 6 months, looking for the right opportunity.  I stressed  – about money, about being out of work too long, about not having my degree…  I was depressed because I could not provide for my family in the manner that I was accustomed to.  I had to ask for help, and that is hard.  I had to depend on someone else, that was very hard.

But…. I got to spend 6 months, enjoying time with my kids.  I got to spend a summer vacation at home with them!  Granted, we didn’t have money to do a whole heck of a lot, and sports schedules kept us from doing anything longer than a day anyways – but I was able to spend quality time with my tween-agers… who won’t appreciate that as much in the years to come.  AND – I ended up with a kick ass job that I love (after some long interview processes and a lot of waiting) – but in the end, that challenge of losing my job turned out to be a multitude of blessings.

I spent a lot of my “time-off” at the hospital with my Pops.  As you know, 2017 kicked his ass repeatedly.  Any problem I thought I had last year, paled in comparison to what my dad was going through. It’s always great to have perspective.  We almost lost him.  He struggled for a long time to “recover”.  He is still in need of medical assistance, but MOST days he accepts that and is making the best of it.  His communication is clear.  Most days his mind is clear…. he is really coming back strong!  We took the grandsons over to see him this weekend, and he was happy – he is itching to see them all playing sports again soon!  Almost losing him sucked.  It scared me, more than I can ever put into words.  His recovery frustrated the hell out of me – there are still more questions than there are answers… but, he is here.  He is healthy enough to put up a good argument with us kids.  And for now, things are looking pretty good for the old man.

There were a million other little challenges, and two million other little good things (I got to help start a non-profit, which I LOVE; it is my last year volunteering at our elementary school, which is bittersweet).  Without touching anything political, I have to say that 2017 was a pretty okay year.  If nothing else, the opportunities that came from my challenges in the past year, have set me up for a pretty kick ass 2018.  I am looking forward to a really great year!

I did not set any bull-shit resolutions for this year – my only real goal: to be the best ME that I can be.  To take everything good in my life to the next level, and let go of any of the crap.

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I really do love my job.  I love the challenges it presents, and the opportunity to grow and learn.  I really feel like I found my place and my people!  I have professional goals that include certifications, and possibly working towards that degree (finally)! When you like what you do, it is a lot easier to show up and do your best….

My kids are awesome.  Sure, they are occasionally a pain in the ass – as many 10 year olds can be…. but they are really growing into pretty cool people.  I like that we have open communication and can be straight forward with them as much as possible.  They are hitting their strive as independent thinkers – and while that can be challenging, it is rewarding as hell!  I love hearing from their teachers and coaches that they are doing well.  They are funny, smart, competitive, artistic, lazy, sarcastic, challenging little (or not so little) dudes & they make my life AMAZING.

Jerritt and I are doing great.  Sometimes, we are not on the same page, or even in the same book – but we are pretty darn good at figuring it out.  We have a whole bucket list of adventures on the horizon this year, and I am looking forward to whatever and wherever with him….. More on these planned shenanigans soon.

I turn 40 this year. While part of me feels like I am turning the corner to being OLD, part of me feels like my life is just getting started!  It is weird, not going to lie. Inspired by a friend, I will be doing 40 random acts of kindness, leading up to my big day.  Because why the hell not?!?  I am super excited to get this underway and have a draft of ideas already in the works!  And, to celebrate the big day, we may or may not be planning a good old fashioned “kegger” party….  just like the old days (you know, the 90’s).

Here are my ideas to help me with my resolution of kicking ass this year:

  • I plan to grow my Essential Oils business. Seriously, it’s not about making money (but of course that is always nice), but people need to know about this stuff. Life changing!
  • I plan to actually freaking exercise (I know that sounds cliche, but seriously – I lost 100 pounds, and need to start kicking butt on the last 40 that needs to go!)…. and let’s face it, I feel better when I work out.
  • I plan to visit with more friends and family – like actual travel to your house or meet you somewhere and spend some in person time together!  I only want to see phones to take pictures to carry us through to the next visit.  Even friends I see often, I plan to do more with….  Know who your tribe is, and make sure they know you are there for them no matter what!
  • I plan to write here more often… because y’all love me, right? Seriously though, I love sharing, and having this to look back on.

Now, don’t get me wrong… I don’t plan on 2018 being all sunshine, rainbows and a bottomless wine glass!  I just plan to make the most of every single day (even if the MOST I want to make of a day is lay in bed and watch movies).  I CHOOSE to be happy.  I CHOOSE to not let others pull me down. You can either join me or get the hell out of my way – you cannot hold me back or be surprised when I cut you out for trying.  When there are shit-storms in life, you can either stand on the sidelines and complain about your situation, or you can get in there and muck your way out – and why not help others along the way?!?

So, go ahead and set your goals for 2018.  Make your resolutions…. but most of all, make yourself a priority.  Make your happiness the ultimate goal.  

Happy New Year!

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‘Tis The Season

It is such a busy time of year.  That isn’t news to anyone, right?!? I don’t know of any one of my friends that doesn’t have a list a mile long of things that need to get done between now and Monday….

Last minute presents to buy.  Stockings to stuff.  Stuff to wrap.  Laundry. Meals to cook. Shopping for food.  Entertaining littles while they are “enjoying” Christmas break from school.  Cleaning. Work.  Parties. Baking.  Cleaning. It goes on and on and on…. Does anyone really enjoy the Christmas Season?  Or have we gotten so far removed from what it SHOULD be about, that we forget to stop and just be…..

img_0342 I saw this image shared on Facebook this morning, and it gave me pause.  I really have been trying to scale it back, but really…. this is my Christmas bucket list moving forward.

I think the reason we drive ourselves crazy with making the holidays perfect, is for the right reasons.  We want everything to be perfect.  We want our kids to have these perfect, well wrapped, perfectly decorated holidays – the truth is, what will they really remember and cherish?  Will they remember ALL the crap you bought them?  Or would they remember when you got them a board game, and spent a few hours playing and laughing?  Will they remember the hours you spent in the kitchen, making the perfect turkey and all the fixins?  Yeah, the food was good – but were you even THERE, enjoying your family holiday?

When I think back to Christmas as a kid – I remember the time spent with family.  I don’t really remember any gifts.  I remember my Grandma and her siblings working hard in the kitchen all day, and us not getting to spend time with her until late – when she was tired and cranky… and didn’t seem to enjoy the day at all – it was like it was their duty, their calling in life.  BUT, we spent the holiday with an incredibly large extended family.  We laughed at how this well prepared meal (that literally took 2 days to cook), was cold by the time it hit the table… so, what was the point?!?

I miss the crap out of those big family holidays.  I miss my Grandma at this time of year, more than words can express.  If she were here, she would be 89, and she would be still insisting on working her ass off in the kitchen all day to serve a cold meal to anyone who walked through the door (sometimes the meals were warm, but it was always comfort food)…

Here is the thing.  My boys no longer believe in Santa, and that is okay.  It is sad, but our Christmas is still full of magic and fun.  We have talked a lot about giving this year, and both boys have cleaned out their rooms to make donations to those in need (without being asked to y’all #ProudMomMoment).  We put a lot of thought into their gifts this year, and tried not to over do it.  I have about 80% of my wrapping done.  There is still some work to do for sure, but I am trying to NOT stress about it.  I am trying to be in the moment and enjoy the people in my life amidst all the chaos.

This year we are not stressing about food.  We are going to order in…. go ahead and judge.  I cook my family some pretty darn good meals all the time.  For Christmas, I don’t want to spend my time in the kitchen (unless it is to refill my wine glass and grab another cookie).  I want to spend time with those I love.  I want to take pictures.  I want to play games.  I want to laugh and make real, solid memories.  My kids will spend part of their day with their Dad’s part of the family – I LOVE that they get to do that.  But I am going to be darn sure I spend the time I have with them, being present.

I sent Christmas cards this year.  A whole crap ton of them…. why?  Because who doesn’t love getting cards in the mail?  It is the only time of year I look forward to opening the mailbox!  And, I baked a whole lot of sweets… we delivered to several houses and yep, it was a lot of work and my kitchen was destroyed – but I REALLY enjoy doing it.  So then, it isn’t really like work, right?  AND… I take my time wrapping gifts, and making them all look beautiful with tied ribbon, and whatever extras…. I don’t care if I am giving you a stupid, cheap gift – It will look good under the tree damn it!  Again, I enjoy this part of the holiday, so it is what it is!

My house is a mess right now.  Just surface clutter, but still….  I was looking at it this morning, wondering when I will have the time to get it all done – tonight we have a pizza party for Nate’s travel baseball team (gifts and games all prepared last night), but there is stuff to clean!  Stuff to wrap!  UGH!!!!  But then I thought… who cares?  It will get done, it always does. I am going to enjoy my evening with our baseball family and not worry about anything else.

The boys spend Christmas Eve with their dad.  But when Jerritt called me yesterday and asked if we wanted to spend the day at a 49er game…. I almost said no.  Too much to do!  Stuff to get done!  It’s freakin Christmas EVE!!!  There is magic to create DAMN IT, don’t be ridiculous!  BUT… then I thought about it.  What better gift than a day with my love, watching my team (who has managed to start to look like a professional football team again)….  Shit will get done.  Or it won’t.  Either way, it’s okay.

It has taken a lot to get to this point in my life.  And I kind of love it.  I will be 40 in a few short months, and I am really prepared to make it the start of the best part of my life.

So to all the parents out there, who are losing their shit to have the perfect holiday – stop.  Just freaking be there and spend time with the family.  Let the mess wait, it will still be there.  Take pictures.  Be IN pictures (who gives shit what you look like)!  You don’t get this time back with family and friends, so don’t waste it being busy.  Let that be your gift, that you actually are ACTUALLY THERE, enjoying it all.

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Know that my house is open for any friends, family, neighbors (who are like both)… Everyday, and yes, even Christmas.  We may be drinking in our pajamas, eating Chinese food, and playing games – but we always have enough to share.  If you need a time out from drama or grumpy people, please stop by.  We are embracing our crazy this year, and will be enjoying every minute of it.

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Holiday Traditions, With a Side of Guilt

I love Thanksgiving.  Part of me misses the huge family gatherings with generations upon generations of family, cold food, and usually a dash or two of drama – but, they never were the same once we lost Grandma Millie.  But, I also really love our nice, quiet get together – where we eat what we want, when we want – we play card & board games, our home is open to whatever friends and family want to stop by.  No drama.  No stress.  A chance to truly reflect on the holiday and all that we have to be thankful for.

We had a super small group this year.  Just Jerritt, my mom, my sister, my nephew and the boys came by in the late afternoon for some desert and to play some games (and of course adventures of the new pup, Sophie & Cooper).  That’s it.  It was pretty awesome, and the food was delicious & plentiful.

After the big turkey day, we have a jam-packed weekend of tradition, kicking off the Christmas craziness….

  • Friday: Black Friday shopping with my sister
  • Saturday: Picking up our tree, Lights On Parade
  • Sunday: Decorate the tree & every freaking available surface in the house

I actually enjoy all the hustle and bustle.  It sets my spirits right for enjoying the next month of Christmas fun.  I didn’t buy a whole lot on our Friday excursion (except stuff for myself), but I did get some good deals, and enjoyed the day with my sis.  But buying for myself isn’t where my guilt came from, nor is it from eating entirely too much this weekend….  ugh. #FML

Remember how I told you about my Real Nightmare Before Christmas …. well, it happened.  I had the chance to spend a one on one day with Kevin before Thanksgiving.  We chatted about Santa, Christmas magic, tooth fairy, everything…. he was 100% certain that Santa was’t real – that it was all mom & dad.  He had caught Rich as the tooth fairy before (knowing where the money was stashed one morning when Nate couldn’t find it), and he had “scientific proof that the North Pole was nothing more than an uninhabited iceberg….” Well, crap.  Kevin is normally my sensitive soul, and I didn’t expect this from him.  But, he wasn’t upset.  He didn’t believe, and he is ready to help spread some Christmas magic of his own this year.  We did talk about him keeping the secret of Santa, and not telling people that he has “proof” he isn’t real.  This is OF COURSE after he has told his brother a few times this season that it isn’t real….

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Kevin –  photo courtesy of Patty Schmidt Photography

So my Nate.  My cool guy, Mr. Popular, wants to be older, funny guy.  My Tater-Tot….. I sat down with him yesterday afternoon.  I told him what I believe as far as Santa, Christmas spirit, all the good stuff, trying to spin the positive, and not totally crush his beliefs – but telling him the truth…. He cried.  Like total, real tears, sobbing.  I thought I would die.  It is hard to try to cheer him up, when I feel like crawling in a fort with a bottle of wine and crying because I caused him pain.  He isn’t supposed to be my sensitive guy. He told me that he still believed, even though Kevin had done everything he could to convince him otherwise.  He told me he LOVED getting up each morning to see what shenanigans our Elf On the Shelf had gotten into.  I think he was more crushed about the elf than Santa.  I officially ruined the whole freaking holiday season for this kid.  And I feel like crap because of it.

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Nate, my TaterTot.  (photo courtesy of Patty Schmidt Photography)

I know, I know…. several of you told me to let them keep believing.  The parental council (me, Jerritt & Rich) had all agreed that they were old enough (and we have had enough of the daily elf crap)… and I got to be the lucky person to break the news.  Well, it’s done.  Only one soul crushed.  No more nightly elf-escapades.  No more giving the big-guy credit for all the work we do.  Just disappointment and broken hearts….

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Me & my boys! Photo courtesy of Patty Schmidt Photography…. look her up, she is awesome!

So, now I am on a mission.  I am going to make it the most freaking magical Christmas ever.  I am going to have them giving and feeling good about it.  I am going to show them the true meaning of Christmas.  And we will have fun doing it, damn it!

Now, if I can just get the new pup to stop eating all my Christmas decorations, we should have a freaking fabulous holiday….

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P.S. The elf may make a few appearances this year – just some random fun surprises to brighten some days…

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