Hey everyone! It has been a crazy week here….I can’t believe we are one week away from Christmas. My schedule has been chock full of concerts, shopping, parties etc. I don’t know about you guys, but this Christmas I have really had to minimize the Christmas shopping. We are really feeling the pinch of the economy here…are you guys?
So what has been happening here at The Naked Mom?
I have my daughter’s Christmas concert this morning, so I will try to wrap this up quickly…ha!
I am all done with Christmas stuff, which is a huge PLUS since today I begin my STRIKE…yep you heard me…STRIKE! No dinners, no lunches, no chauffeur service…have fun kids and hubby! I await your humble-grovel-like apologies with bated breath!!
I was on a mad-man like hunt for this dang huge nylon frisbee thing that I could not find anywhere…posted a pleading cry for help to FB and now I have FIVE….hehe!! Guess what every little person is getting from me this year as a bonus feature gift…HA!! I love FB…thanks again Stacy!!
So how did I end up with FIVE, you inquire??
I bought three online as a result of the ingenious goggle searching of my dear friend Stacy.
Because what if one doesn’t get here in time….and you know one will definitely get lost in the transit AND ONE will be confiscated by the UPS guy, who has been on the same mind-killing frantic search as me…DUH!!
The last TWO I picked up from the VERY SWEET assistant manager at 5 Below, where I initially saw the DANG HUGE FLYING DISC THINGY, he spent 3 DAYS scouring his back room for old summer stock, after I animatedly revealed my heart-wrenching story about THIS DUMB FLYING THING (the ONE thing Talia kept telling the man in red that she wanted)…yes she wants an embellished DOG TOY…HEEELLLLOOOO TAL…ever hear of AMERICAN GIRL DOLL…sheesh!?
In any case, back to my sweet assistant manager, he spent days rummaging through their stock room and called me….oh about TWO SECONDS AFTER I purchased THREE ONLINE….. and exclaimed with breathy EXCITEMENT that he had UNEARTHED TWO….yep TWO.…now how could I NOT go and buy them from the man, the man who SAVED my ass from having to reveal to my LAST AND YOUNGEST child that Santa DOESN’T ACTUALLY EXIST, that he is , in fact, merely your SCHMUCKY mom and dad, who STINK at finding HUGE NYLONY FLYING DISC THINGYS!!??
Thank you Mr. 5 Below…..your Karma is good and clean now, for sure!!
I also, desperately wanted to take the girls into NYC to see the tree and the decorated windows, but funds were tight, but with perseverance, I discovered, with my wonderful friend Nicole, that you CAN do the city on a budget. Here’s how….
Drive in with a friend (I did gas and tolls, she did parking and we split a 6 dollar cab ride).
We each spent about 30 dollars…not bad, considering that if I had taken the train…you know the way the higher-ups are ENCOURAGING everyone to go…mass transportation…it would have cost me 80 dollars just for train fare….WHAT!! Dear Powers That Be, if you want the general population to use mass transportation….MAKE IT AFFORDABLE!!!! Jus’ Sayin!
Our Adventure in pics…..
On our way to get Nicole and Liam….
We’re HERE!! (did someone say DIAMONDS!!??)
Attempting to get a group shot, but Talia wouldn’t STOP walking…sigh.
The tree and the skaters….pretty, pretty.
The GRINCH, who in true Grinch-like fashion DEMANDED a TIP for a picture taken with OUR OWN camera….sheesh!!
The windows were gorgeous, sorry no pictures!
And last, but not least a quick stop at….
The day ended with lots of smiles…..
We found our parking garage EASILY and hopped right into the tunnel. There were NO MAJOR meltdowns and the day went off without a hitch, except for missing our EXIT and DRIVING 30 MINUTES OUT OF OUR WAY on the ride home, BUT thanks to….
GINORMOUS lollipops and a small ration of sweets for the older girls….ALL WAS WELL!!!
NYC on a budget!! Thanks Nicole for coming with me….do you think our hubbies will get the Cartier hint….HA!!
Off to a concert!!
Some more quotes from Talia, who now speaks with some strange un-identifiable accent…..
This morning we were running for the bus, which came EIGHT MINUTES TOO EARLY….sheesh….pick your time peeps!! We ran out the door to the end of the driveway….me, desperately attempting to jam her lunch and water bottle into her bag and zip it back up….a line of cars forming behind the bus (we live on a county road that serves as a short cut from route 31 traffic)…I am sure those people were ever SO PLEASED with me…ha! We reach the bus…I try to kiss her goodbye…she brushes me away and says….
“Mom, there is no time for super-dee-dup-dup-duper day kisses and I think my nose is going to bleed from all of this rushing”….HUH!!??
I get the no time for super stuff….I say it to her each morning before she gets on the bus, BUT what the heck is she talking about with the nose-bleed….sigh.
Two other quotes of hers lately are:
When you tell her you love her…she replies with a higher pitched voice donning a mix between a british and chinese accent…..
“Why thank you very much.”
The other comes out of the blue…say when you’re watching a show with her or other completely RANDOM times….she pats your head or rubs your shoulder, looks you in the eye and says (again with that same weird dialect)….
“You’re a good one….uh huh, yep, you’re a good one.”
Have a great weekend everyone! And remember…..
“You’re a good one….uh huh, yep, you’re a good one.”
I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving! it was a busy week here! We delivered food for Starfish, our local food pantry, which is always a humbling experience and one that leaves you feeling truly thankful for your job, home, etc.
We spent this year at my in-laws, we switch every other year between our families…we stuffed ourselves into triptafen comas….FUN!!
I was thankful to have all of my brood under one roof…..this gets more and more difficult as they all grow up….snif snif…
We dressed Talia up like a turkey using a fireplace broom, a hat she made in school and two potholder gloves….we then made her gobble around the kitchen like a turkey…..good times, people, good times!!
How did you spend your Holiday?
Challenge for the Week…get back to eating healthy in healthy PROPORTIONS….sheesh…. and get MOVING!!!
Enjoy your day!!
Confession….I strongly dislike doing crafts!
Don’t like it one little bit!
Of course, being that God has a sense of humor, He made my last and final child…..A CHILD WHO LOVES CRAFTS!! Ugh! I can’t get this kid to play with Barbies, Lil Pet Shops….she loves crafts!!
Because I love my child WHO loves crafts, I sucked it up and constructed a Haunted House from Foamies….sheesh!
Who designs these things…clearly someone who DOES NOT sit down and build them with a child…that’s who!! There was NO instructions…ZERO, ZILCH, NADA…simply follow the picture...huh!!??
Follow the NON-3D picture to construct a 3D Haunted House….GREAT!!
Have I ever mentioned how much I not only dislike crafts, but maps, as well, I also have ZERO capacity to decipher a map!! It’s true…so looking at a FLAT photograph of a CRAFT is like…..well….you might as well have someone instruct me how to build it while speaking in Japanese….good times, people, good times!
After much frustration, which I desperately tried to keep hidden from Tal….we completed The Haunted House….
And this photo below shows why I do things that I despise!!!
Enjoy your day!
I just keep messing up this darn tooth fairy thing and this time I have no HURRICANE to blame it on….
Dan and I instantly searched and found money….luckily for us, Talia prefers singles and coins…woot woot! I placed said money in the pocket of my jeans…you know…to serve as a reminder of my tooth fairy duties….took Liv to the doctor (another kid with asthma…sigh) and kept mentally REMINDING myself...tooth fairy, tooth fairy, tooth fairy. It’s awful…I am 42 years old and my short-term memory is all but gone….I wish my children lots of luck in dealing with me as I age….it ain’t gonna be pretty…jus’ sayin!’
Arrive back home and Dan familiarizes me with details of events that have materialized with regard to operation tooth fairy….. “she drew a picture AND wrote a note to the tooth fairy, which has already been strategically placed under her pillow with the tooth.” Of course he said this in the most subtle…..don’t f%$ this up Lisa voice. I was all….I GOT THIS…SHEESH!
Bedtime rolls around and I THROW my jeans in the laundry and GO TO BED…..WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH ME AND WHAT HALF-WITTED IDIOT INVENTED THE DAMN TOOTH FAIRY ANYWAY!!!???
7 a.m.- I wake in a sweaty terror…..“Ahhhh, I forgot about the tooth!”
I race downstairs, like nobody’s business, dig through the dirty laundry….EWWWW, there is nothing grosser.…find my jeans, grab the cash and run upstairs to head off a tradgedy….sidenote: Tali usually wakes up at 7….I am on borrowed time, people!!
7:02a.m.- Rip back her pillow…she is in my bed (she does this every morning around 5 when Dan gets up) to reveal a tooth and A NOTE….UGH…I forgot about the note!!!
I mean for Pete’s Sake, right!? Look at the detail on this? That’s Talia lying in her bed with the tooth fairy hovering above, about to magically switch her tooth for cash…again who had so much damn time on their hands to hatch up a dumb fairy who has a thing for teeth so much that she leaves cash in their place…..sigh! And then let’s just top it off with a big ‘ole I LOVE YOU TOOTH FAIRY!
7:03 a.m. Sprint back downstairs, taking the steps by two to write back! Paper, I need paper….got it! Pen Lisa pen. Oh, BUT NO Lisa desires a GLITTER PEN….. cuz’ tooth fairies write in glitter…DUH…. and my guilt is on overdrive! Where is the dang glitter pen…why can’t anyone EVER put ANYTHING back in my anal-retentive-designated place….RRRRRRRRR!!!
7:03 and a half a.m. tick…Tick….TICK….okay forget the glitter pen….GLITTER GLUE a heart…perfect! Oh crap…glitter glue needs drying time…time that I DON’T HAVE!!
NEVERMIND the glitter!!!!
7:04 a.m. I thoughtfully compose….
7:06 a.m. Position my note under Talia’s pillow and return to my bed.
7:07 a.m. Talia wakes…. “Hey mom, I can feel your heart beeping.”
me: “Uh huh.”
Talia: “And your all sweaty…could you not hug me?”
me: “Uh huh.”
Could someone please fire me now!!?? PLEASE!! Pretty Please with sugar and the WHOLE FREAKIN’ BIT……I would like to STOP and GET OFF THE RIDE NOW!!!
Enjoy your day! 🙂
What a great weekend for soup and apple desserts!
We ate Italian Wedding soup and apple crisp all weekend long.
Talia, Dan and Will went on a creek adventure and, aside, from one minor hand injury for Talia….. they had a really fun time!
Olivia spent most of the weekend in bed with some weird flu-like virus and Ryleigh spent the night at a new friend’s house, who OF COURSE lives in Timbuktu…sigh!
I spent Sunday CLEANING and DISINFECTING!! Yay Me!!
As I write…. Dan, Talia and Will are whittling flutes out of bamboo. Yes, I did in fact just say whittling flutes from BAMBOO!! They actually work….I would post a picture, BUT my camera battery is DEAD and my charger has gone MISSING…sheesh!
Hope you enjoyed your weekend…hopefully this humidity will go away and we will enjoy some nice Fall weather this week!