ten on tuesday.

1. I’m trying to respond to all the travel session inquiry peeps but Yahoo is giving me fits. So I’ve decided to work on this blog post a little each time an email is “loading”, “retrying”, or “trying again”. Argh.

2. Sarah comes home from school almost every day with a project in mind. Today it was a book on Hanukkah. She worked diligently on each page, detailing all the things she knew about the holiday. Then she hollered into the kitchen from the other room, “Mom! How do you say ‘Merry Christmas’ in Jewish?!” I guess we need to revisit our knowledge of Hanukkah and the Jewish religion in general.

3. Sarah keeps telling me she wants an Elf on a Shelf. And every time she says it Ephraim responds, “and I want a zamp in a lamp!” (There’s a Wocket in my Pocket, anyone?)

4. I’m really trying to pare down life these days. Find peace and joy in the little things. And while I’m loving all the Elf on the Shelf adorableness on Facebook I’m just not willing to take it on. So please don’t hate me ye Elf on the Shelf parents but when Sarah asked why we didn’t have one I told her (in a moment of panic/genius) that the Elf on the Shelf only comes to visit children who need a little help being good. Oops. What’s a mama to do???

5. Did you see this Patagonia ad last week? Talk about reverse psychology! Or maybe the company truly does feel the way the ad reads: “Don’t buy what you don’t need. Think twice before you buy anything.” What do you think?

6. Believe it or not, I’ve been keeping up fairly well with my Photo A Day over the last couple of months. I just haven’t posted them. It’s on my list though!

7. This Christmas will be the two year anniversary of cracking my glass stovetop, rendering the front right eye unusable. It has officially become an inconvenience that I truly never see. And now that I’ve managed two whole years with only three eyes, why fix it. Right?

8. I just added two silly, fun things to my Amazon shopping cart for each of my parents. I’d love to share but they do read my blog. At least, they say they do. 😉

9. My running has way slacked off since the weather turned cold. Does anyone have any super motivating ideas for getting my lazy butt up out of our warm and cozy bed each morning? (Having a warm and cozy husband doesn’t help matters.)

10. Sarah has two loose teeth. I had convinced myself that she wouldn’t loose a tooth until she turned 7. Then last week the dentist looked straight into my eyes and said, “Mom, these will be gone by Christmas.” And I think the tears rushed to my eyes before I could look away. Darn dentist.

Juli PDecember 6, 2011 - 9:33 pm

I refuse to do that elf on a shelf thing too….I have enough to do around here, I don’t need to add moving that creepy looking thing around to the list!

Laura C.December 7, 2011 - 5:48 am

Hey Erin!
My mom used to read me a great series called All of A Kind Of A Family {tried to link it here but I can’t so give it a google!} It is a story about a family of 6 Jewish sisters & their family growing up in New York. As a Catholic, I loved learning about the Jewish faith & all their holidays & traditions. From what I have read about Sarah..she would eat these books up! She is just the right age too..you could read them aloud to her. Just an idea!!!

BTW-I don’t really dig the elf on the shelf either..

Elizabeth C.December 7, 2011 - 6:52 am

I, too, have been avoiding Elf on the Shelf! Of course, my little guy is only 2, but I really don’t get it. When did it go from a few people doing it to it being a Christmas tradition for everyone?

I’m in the same boat as you with my photo-a-day. I’ve only missed taking photos 2 days this year so far, I think, but I haven’t blogged about it since…um… August? I’ll get caught up eventually!

heather mayberryDecember 7, 2011 - 9:00 am

we love “there’s a wocket in my pocket”! the history of hanukkah is actually pretty neat and ties into christian history too. you know, the macabees and all. now that it’s cold, i run in the middle of the day. it’s warmer then, but it takes some schedule juggling since i have two small ones. but it’s better than being cold! there’s a warrior dash AND a half marathon here in may. just sayin’. oh! the teeth stage! happy and kind of sad for you. adeline is counting down the days until she loses teeth. remember, she’s a month older than ephraim. happy wednesday!

AlainaDecember 7, 2011 - 9:56 am

Thanks so much for taking all of the editing questions at Karen’s workshop – I’ve learned a lot so far!
Sarah may be singing “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth” soon! I hope you enjoy this season with your family!

Jen W.December 7, 2011 - 11:27 am

Megan lost her first tooth the day she turned 5. Now at 6 1/2, she has her 7th loose tooth and her two big girl front teeth are well on their way to making her look like a LITTLE girl only to me. Sigh.

I only heard of Elf on the Shelf a few years ago. At one time I thought it would be fun to try, but it would be just one.more.thing for me, and “the elves” already have to remember to fill Advent drawers nightly (lest the snooping 1st grader will see surprises ahead of time) and moderate the taking of turns of the opening of said drawers. I love your on the fly response to why you don’t have an Elf on a Shelf!

KatherineDecember 7, 2011 - 10:26 pm

Honestly? The elf on the shelf thing kind of irritates me. We have not introduced the concept of being good = gifts from Santa, and the elf thing seems to be all about it. I appreciate that kids love it and that parents do all kinds of cute things with it, but it just doesn’t reflect the values I want to teach my children, in general and about Christmas in particular.

AnneDecember 13, 2011 - 10:09 am

stuffing waffles? Brilliant! Did she make these up or is there a recipe somewhere I could “borrow”. Looking forward to Thursday! Yea!

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