Monday, November 21, 2011

On My Mind

Last week I was stressed out to the very max!  Way beyond what any normal person should be.  I couldn’t explain the reasoning, it was just a very stressful week for me.  Everything set me off!  I was a leaky faucet and no one could say anything that didn’t make my eyes spring a leak (or send me huffing away red-faced).

How are you doing, Brooke? 


What are we having for dinner, babe?

“I DON’T KNOW!  Why don’t YOU think of something?”  

I really was fine, just stressed out… about everything!  And when I’m stressed about everything, I’m pretty much stressing about nothing.  Nothing important anyway.  It just doesn’t make any sense.

And then Anthony said something to me that made all the sense in the world.  He was waiting for the announcement…

… either I was pregnant or Aunt Flo was on her way! 

No, I’m not pregnant!  And yes, Aunt Flo made her unwelcome self very cozy here. 

Not that you wanted to know, it’s just pertinent to this particular part of the story.  Grin and nod your head… grin and nod your head ;)

In other news, I have lots of other things on my mind that don’t particularly warrant their own post so I’m going to briefly mention them here. 

First and foremost… when I look at my December calendar, I realize that December has it out for me this year.  It has pretty much thrown up all over me… already, and it’s not even HERE yet!  Does anyone else feel this way?


Between 3 dance recitals, 2 family parties, a ward party, a Relief Society party, a friends 50th birthday party, and a birthday within our own family, I think we’re pretty much maxed out.  That’s before I even throw in the holiday baking and the gift making (we’re poor this year so we aren’t buying anything for anyone).  How are we going to fit it all in?  I might be going slightly nutty! 

Oh, AND the kids made a mental list of all the little traditions we do each year (or at least try to do) and told me which ones are a MUST this year.  Things that just can’t be missed or else Christmas just can’t come.  Things like making graham cracker gingerbread houses with cousins, caroling, making gingerbread men, seeing the lights at Temple Square, reading certain Christmas books, delivering neighbor gifts, etc. 

December, I just might have to yack right back at ya! 

Oh, just a side note, the next time you think it might be a good idea to put your 3 girls in two different dance studios, think again.  It means double the recitals and double the recital fees!  Darn those fees, they’ll get ya every time!  However, I do think that each girl is where they need to be for proper training in their particular dance interests.  I just wish the two studios could somehow work together and know that I already paid a fee at one so I really don’t need to pay the other.  Wouldn’t that be nice?  And what if the two studios had accidentally scheduled their performances on the same night?  That could have been bad!  Luckily it didn’t happen that way but what if…?  And why in the world do we have three recitals when there are only two studios, you ask?  Well, one studio is having the ‘older’ kids perform at Festival of Trees while the younger ones get to perform at a senior center… along with the older ones.  This means that K performs twice. 

Having a baby in December might be a bad idea as well.  A’s birthday is right smack dab in the middle of all the festivities.  She refuses to celebrate early (in November) to avoid all the holiday buzz because then it doesn’t ‘feel’ like her birthday. 

So, we must accommodate.  I understand where she’s coming from.

And whoever decided that Christmas should fall on a Sunday this year (darn calendar!) is mad!  Is it just me or does it feel like having Christmas on a Sunday throws everything off?  I’m kind of excited about going to church ON Christmas, I mean, it doesn’t happen all that often.  But goodness sakes!  Trying to find a good day for a party is insane.  Everyone wants to do it the same night (the 17th) because most people have their own traditions on Christmas Eve.  I know we do.  We couldn’t go to a party on the 24th!

Ok, so this is kind of turning into a bit of a rant… sorry about that.  Please know that I am VERY excited about Christmas and all the festivities that go along with it.  I’m just freaking out a bit about how to fit it all in and make it all work. 

If I’m no longer blogging by the end of December, I may have been institutionalized.  But for now, I’ll be blogging away.  It’s therapeutic for me.  I’ll blog all about my holiday craziness.  Someday I’ll look back at it and wish to have it all back. 

And on that note, I’ll be back tomorrow!  See you then…  I need a chill pill!



Michelle Lubbers said...

I just came across your blog and with busy bags!! I have a 3.5 yr old and a 14 month old son who will love these!

And I can totally relate, the very same question was asked of me. I'm not pregnant either, coincidentally. Thanks for being honest, and when you come up with a solution will you please share it.

Much Love, Michelle.

Kristin said...

If you are institutionalized, I'll come visit you! Better yet, I'll share my cell with you! ;)

Briana said...

Girl, I feel you! My son's birthday is December 19th. I start planning/buying birthday supplies and birthday/Christmas presents during the summer, so we have money for food during December. And I'm freakin' because I just now took my turkey out to thaw this morning for Thanksgiving tomorrow! Whoopsie! Haha! :)

Brooke said...

Michelle, thanks so much for leaving a comment. Since this post, I've had other people ask if I'm expecting... including my mother-in-law. I must be getting chubby, again. Guess I better start a new round of P90X.

I think your kids will love the busy bags!!

Brooke said...

It's good to know I won't be alone! ;)

Brooke said...

I hope your turky turned out alright. I've been so stinkin' busy the past few days I haven't even had a chance to catch up on my favorite blogs or anything. December birthdays are so hard! I hope your son's turns out and you guys can actually have food ;).