My House Runs Like a Finely-Tuned Machine

Ohmigosh! How hard are you laughing right now? It’s more like a sputtering old jalopy that needs a tune-up. Especially since my last post four weeks ago was all whiney and I’m going to try harder and post more and read more and do more and blah blah blah, and then I got so busy between home and work and Christmas that I haven’t posted since.

While I lied misspoke overcommitted myself to posting more often while coming into the holiday season, I can at least vouch for my whereabouts. Besides being in my car a lot longer than usual (I totally forgot all the folks who leave work a little early, or maybe on-time, and go shopping or do family stuff), and having some late-night work again, I’ve been busy creating Christmas gifts and getting more creative with my shopping. In past years, I will admit, if it’s not at Target, they’re not getting anything. But in an attempt to scale back on spending despite an enlarged pool of giftees, I wanted gifts that were maybe a bit more meaningful (not that I didn’t put a lot of thought into past ones, but you know…now they’re extra meaningful) and I often had to hunt around a lot more to find what I wanted, or the price I wanted it at. I also had to make up for the fact that a certain baby made it hard to tend to my garden and even harder to find time to make jam this past summer. In fact, this fall was the first time in over two years that we actually had to buy a jar of jam/jelly for our PB&J sandwiches! So since we have fourteen children (including my three) to buy for, and I didn’t want to leave anyone out because well, it’s Christmas, each child will be getting a small, picked-out-especially-for-them purchased gift and a small, made-especially-for-them handmade gift. Except my kids, who will not be getting the handmade gifts since I ran out of time prior to Christmas. Thankfully Gavin and Cooper were quite understanding and were more than willing to wait for their handmade items until after Christmas. Well, actually, it will be after all their grandparents get their late-for-Christmas handmade gifts (sorry guys! no jam this year!). Don’t get me started on Christmas cookies…I have all the ingredients, just haven’t been able to start them yet. Maybe I’ll make New Year’s cookies instead…

So. I have a valid excuse. Maybe if I got some voice-activated equipment that would transcribe my blog for me, that would make it easier. I definitely would not do a VLOG because I’m now past the age where I still look cute and adorable with messy hair and without make-up , and by the time I got myself VLOG camera-worthy, I could’ve just written my post.

After the first of the year, I expect to have more time on my hands (well, after getting those New Year’s gifts out of the way). There have been some recent changes going on with work that I don’t quite feel at liberty to discuss here yet, but will give me back some time so that I can start spending a little more time with my family, and allow me to turn this jalopy into a rebuilt, humming dream machine.

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This is a blog where I will share my adventures and mundane tasks as a work-out-of-home-mom. I now have 2 kids and my wonderful husband, so the juggling has gotten a little bit more tricky (man-on-man defense). We also have 2 dogs and 3 cats (we used to have 4) so as you can imagine, our household is pretty busy. Since I never feel like I'm being listened to, I figured I'll just start talking at the general Internet community and see what happens.


Colleen - Mommy Always Wins

Hey, I hear ya, and personally? You’re my hero for even HAVING a garden. SERIOUSLY. You rock…I just hope you hear that often! We also made one batch of sugar cookies and I have the ingredients to make more…thing is they probably won’t be made until that quiet week between Christmas & New Years, which is just fine by me!

Hope you’re surviving the holiday rush!


You should totally just vlog sometimes. Don’t worry about how you look: nobody cares. Besides, you ARE cute. I have vlogged many times and I am definitely not cute, yet people still seem to like it, so I think you should give it a shot. Just put on mascara and run your brush through your hair once, then…GO!

Do it.

And Merry Christmas!


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