Ways Kids are Like Drunk Elves: Part 2

Dec 17, 2014 by

A couple years ago I wrote about how having a toddler was like having a drunk elf around the house.  Now that we have two little elves around, I’m finding more ways they are similar.

First, let me begin with one Wikipedia definition of an elf:

In medieval Germanic-speaking cultures, elves seem generally to have been thought of as a group of beings with magical powers and supernatural beauty, ambivalent towards everyday people and capable of either helping or hindering them.

I highlighted the last few words because, you  know, perfect description of children. We all know how “helpful” they can be around the house. Especially during this time of year of baking, decorating, and all around family fun.

electric elf

Here some more ways they are alike:

The Day I Decided to Become a Mother

Dec 10, 2014 by

I am somewhere in the Middle East walking along the shore of the Dead Sea.  The golden sand feels warm and comforting beneath my feet as I stare in awe at the deep, blue water.  I feel calm.  Serene.  Then, in the distance I notice a man running towards me in a panic, clutching a baby wrapped in a blue blanket.  He is urgently pleading with me that take this little baby out of his hands. I accept the baby into my arms and find two deep, brown eyes staring back at me.  I feel an instant connection. I agree to take this little boy in and raise him as my own.  I feel happy and fulfilled, a feeling I have never experienced before.

Then, I wake up.

Our Christmas Decorating Fiasco

Dec 3, 2014 by

So…I totally lost my temper the other day while we were supposed to be laughing and having a jolly good time decorating our house for Christmas. I live for the holidays and preparing my home for the upcoming gatherings and starting new traditions with my young kids usually brings me lots of joy and cheer and happiness. But it all turned to poop last Sunday. My husband and I were having the what do we HAVE to do on Christmas vs. what we WANT to do on Christmas conversation. I could feel my blood pressure rise as I was putting together the freaking Christmas Village. I go to plug in our fake, pre-lit Christmas tree and only half the lights work. Ugh. Then dear husband tells me a certain family member is ditching my daughter’s very first Ballet Christmas Spectacular for “personal reasons” and I am mad. Screw decking the halls, someone hand me a whiskey.

Girls’ Day Out

Nov 26, 2014 by

I hate to admit this, but it has been almost a year since I have had valuable alone time with my daughter. I was so gigantic at the end of my pregnancy with my second child, that I was practically bed ridden and too tired to have any quality time with my daughter. And once the baby arrived, my focus has been mostly on taking care of his needs. I feel bad about this, because I feel like she has been getting the short end of the stick since time spent exclusively with my very independent four and a half year old has been virtually non-existent, until the other day.  I even wrote a Letter of Apology to her  for this. But,  as it turned out, my daughter was off from school this week due to parent-teacher conferences and the Thanksgiving holiday, and my son was scheduled to go to daycare on Monday. I decided to use this time wisely and have our very first girls’ day.

Overcoming Inertia

Nov 19, 2014 by

Brian Tracy

We all learned in science class that inertia is the resistance among physical objects to any change in its state of motion, including changes to its speed and direction. That an object at rest tends to stay at rest, an object in motion (like moms) tend to stay in motion. Last week I shared my apprehension about changing my routine and going back to work after having been out of the game for almost a year. The laws of inertia have a firm hold on me right now as I am finding that the longer I have been with my baby, the harder going back to a demanding work schedule will be. But deep down I know this is the right choice for me and my family and now that I have made the decision to pursue this work, I am determined to overcome the force called resistance. I am putting all of my energy into an action plan so that I may overcome inertia and get “unstuck” from the safe, comfortable routine I have been in. Here’s what I am doing to get psyched up:

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