It has been so busy around here the last week or so I have hardly been able to catch my breath and take a break. My house is already starting to fall back into looking like a disaster area after a hurricane hit. It is starting to bother me. This is not new just earlier than normal. Most times the week of Christmas until about New Year’s nothing get done and the house is a mess because of all the running kids being home, trying to Christmas shop in between everything else and all that I must do.

But with the kids being in school and two different school’s things seem extra crazy. I think a big part of it is not having money and having to spread everything out for the things at school. Most times I would just make one shopping trip get everything they all need and then just have it here and get it together as we go and need it over the last two weeks of school. But with not having money to even buy things we need for the house and then trying to buy stuff for school on top of it has been stressful. I have to see what is coming up at school buy for it with no money then take what is left of the nonexistent money and try to buy what we need for the house and gas.

The little kids needed gifts to trade, pajamas for the Christmas parade, one needed an outfit for the Wednesday night church service and they wanted money for the Santa Shop at school. I didn’t know about the Christmas pajamas until the day of the parade and could not find the right color clothes for the cow for the Wednesday night church service. I ended up sending him in black instead of brown or white because I could find brown shirts and white shirts but not white or brown pants. I told him to wear his black pants from his pajamas he just got and got him a black shirt he can wear for his uniform at school later. There are black cows so it worked. I told them I could give them money for the Christmas shop or I could take them shopping at the other store to get stuff and they opted to go shopping with me to get stuff. Thank God because then I could wait until this week to put money out for that. I was just going to give them a dollar each person to get something but that is still $5 each kid. They like to buy for each other and they want to get Father of the Year something and me. I will take them to the dollar tree and let them get something. I have to take my Big Boy as well so he can get everyone something. My Big Girl bought the other three a book from the book sale at school with her money. She spent a dollar or each of them. I want to make sure they get her something since she went on her own and used her money to get them something. I am not worried about me or Father of the Year. I just want make sure they get to get each other something and get my Big Girl something.

I have always taken them and let them pick something out for each other since they were little and something for toys for tots. Lot of times I take them to the drug store and let them get toys there they can get three for $13 and they are nice decent things that they like each kid gets the 3 gifts they need for less than $15. But I don’t have the money to do that this year. We have done dollar store gifts in the past as well because they would find a few different things there for each one instead of one thing. They just like doing it and don’t care how much is spent.

Thanking about the gift swap between them I am thinking maybe they should start doing an ornament swap between them. That would give them not only the ones I buy each for them for their tree but also the ones that they get from each other. That would be for them to look back on over the years when they get their own homes and tree. Be something nice they could do when they got older as well. I was very disappointed this year when we went to the drug store for Christmas stuff they normally have a lot of stuff and at super deals. This year they had one row of stuff and it wasn’t even stuff that most people are going to want to buy. The lady heard me talking to the kids and said they cut out 90% of their Christmas stock this year. I always bought a lot of stuff there for Christmas.

The big kids needed money for lunch for the Christmas party, each a gift to trade stuff for the show and to go caroling this Friday. He just acts as if it was no big deal. I talked to the teacher and principle at the big kids school about other stuff and it came up they said they were going to pick up a couple extra gifts and the kids lunch for the party. That helped a lot because that was $30 right there. I told them I would pay it back when I got things caught up.

I have worked it out and got everyone what they needed besides the school for the big kids picking up their lunch and gift.

I spent Wednesday night after the play making big Ginger Bread ornaments for most of the little kids school. I was just making them for their two teachers and their two after school teachers, then my Little Guy started about the ladies in the office and the lunch lady and couch and the music teacher because they need stuff too and no one will probably get for them. I made a batch of dough and told him how ever many we could make out of it and that was all we were making. He got lucky and we could cut enough dough out to make everyone he wanted one. Unlucky me but he was happy. I decided to do a few things different than we had in the past. I mixed food coloring to make the dough brow so we wouldn’t have to paint them brown. Or we must paint them brown, wait for he brow pain to dry and then paint the rest of it. I also had them paint it before I baked it. I didn’t know how that was going to come out but needed to get them done as fast as we could. It was already after 10 pm. We took a brush and painted them with peppermint or vanilla extract to make them smell good. I wasn’t sure if the paint was going to turn out very good or not since we didn’t bake them first but I didn’t have time to bake them wait for them to cool then paint them. Over all I liked the way they turned out the paint was fine. The only thing was the brown in the dough wasn’t very dark. I wish it had been a little bit darker. But overall they came out cute. The kids painted them their selves. My Big Boy painted the black “secret agent” and the silver astronaut. The rest the little ones picked who it was for a painted it how they wanted it to be.





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