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Happy New Year!!!!

Happy New Year to you!!!
Lawyer and I are staying in this evening celebrating the way we do every year ...
... do you have a special tradition for tonight?



This is hysterical ... and after getting into plenty of 12 year old conversations that make me want to spew my coffee I completely enjoyed this post from Hair Girl.

Enjoy this ...

Normal ...

Normal is a setting on a dryer.
A commenter requested where I located this quote. I must say I am not exactly sure. I know it was a special ed website ... and I immediately fell in love.
What is normal? For me all of my children are unique and perfect! Normal ... well that can only be found as a setting on a dryer ... not as a label for a child!!


Christmas at the Lawyer house ...

Merry Christmas from us to you ... thanks for making my 2008 even richer!!

Merry Christmas to you!!!

from all of us at the Lawyer house!

(I blogged so quickly I forgot to click "post" on 12/25!)


No social issues here ...

Little Mister was tested at school for his IEP label. The psychologist worked with him for a total of four days (broken up over two weeks) doing all the testing. Our goal was to make sure he was getting all the services he was able to access. Early intervention is the only answer for developmentally delayed. BTW ... I loathe labels!!!

She finishes her report and calls us in for the reveal. Lawyer is the only one of us that can make the meeting. You know with me pulling together all the kids need for the last week of school and her wanting to meet at o-crack-thirty and all. They meet and he comes home to give me all the results.

She has a list of things for us to absorb and then she moves on to social interaction. He has scored way above any of her charts on his ability to interact socially. I could have told you that without any testing! Have you seen his gift list for school ... ( I let the kids chose who needs happies at the holidays)

Lead teacher
Special ed teacher
Bus driver
Lunch ladies (4)
Music teacher
PE teacher
Technology teacher
2 ladies in the office
Art teacher
Hall monitor
Parapro from last year
Kid who holds the front door in the morning
Counselor and cute girl who works for her
His girlfriend (who he loves "fur ether")
Seems like I am forgetting someone ... oh well! He insists every one on this list needs to be remembered. It is so sweet! Thank goodness I own a business!!! At least once a week I am identified in public as "Little Mister's mom". I love it ... Little Lawyer does not agree!
So yes ... no social issues for us!!


I am all done ...

It is official ... I have finished all my orders ...
Monogram Me is closed for the holidays!
I am so excited I can hardly stand it ...
it's time to clean the studio, wrap the gifts and celebrate for Christmas ...
and last but not least ...
take photos of our decorations to share with you!!!


The bubble burst ...

I had the most amazing day yesterday! Babycakes' best friend spent the night and they were picture perfect golden. They played, they sang, they colored ... they were so very good! I even took them to get my hair cut and they were awesome. I rewarded them with a trip to the candy store and then we headed to JCrew for some last minute gifts. It was perfect ...

After JCrew we walked over to Borders and got Little Mister some books for Christmas. It was another success. Lots of "yes ma'ams", bows, cute little outfits and perfect little smiles. I was happy as a clam.

That is until I am checking out at Borders and ordering a nonfat Latte at Seattle's Best. I am standing there with the two little cuties. The lady in front of me looks at them and then says to me ...

"so, were you trying for a boy?"

The birds stopped chirping and Snow White stopped singing ...

"excuse me?"

Is that EVER appropriate? Hell to the no ... and just because I am bloated and smiling with a glow does not make me or anyone else PREGNANT!!!

And your giggling with your friend in the corner whilst you get your coffee condom and lid does not make your conversation private and you any less tacky!!!

Cuz you suck!!!!!



The cover doesn't match the book ...

Isn't so funny how your first impression of people is never the reality? I do it all the time even though I really try not to judge. It is just too easy ... You look at someone and make a call about them or what their lives are like and then the more you get to know someone the bubble is burst and you realize they are not what you thought they were ... usually for the better!!!

It never occurred to me that people do it with my family as well. That is until this morning when Monogrammed Tahoe was venting about her life. She was commenting on Lawyer and how easy going, happy go lucky he was.

Seriously? My tight ass, grumpy husband looks easy going and laid back to others? Now that is just funny ...

... especially since I hear him screaming at someone on the phone upstairs and pacing ...

No ... Alex P. Keaton is anything but laid back and happy go lucky! But, he is brilliant, dedicated and will get you out of any mess you get in to your benefit ...

... that is what 4th in your class in law school will get you!



Boo and Hooties Mom ...

Email me stat if you do have extras ... you will make one Little Mister so tickled!!!!

And me too ...



Seriously ... when did I get so crazy?

When did the holiday season become so crazy? I literally feel like I am drowning each day. I get ahead one day and then wake up the next morning to more favors, gifts, wrapping, parties and get togethers ... not to mention a sick Little Mister and laundry out my arse!!!

Was it always this crazy? Or does it just get crazier each year? Will the holidays ever be laid back and easy?

Your thoughts?



The holiday spirit ...

Stopped into Target tonight to grab a few extra things for the inlaws gift swap tomorrow. Some paper goods, a last minute gift and one more trip down the Bakugan aisle ... still a no go!

The place was packed and bustling with business. The Lucky Buck line was super long so I skipped out on getting a Latte. Just got my goods and headed out.

As I was leaving the store I heard a couple going over their shopping list. She was listing out the things they had left to pick up and he was standing there with a blank stare. She was getting more and more frustrated by the moment and he still just stood there. Just as I walked out the sliding door I heard her lose her cool.

Nothing says Merry Christmas like ... "just go and pick out a f***ing shirt!!"



Tis the season ...

My uniform at the bus stop never changes ... pajama pants, t shirt (add in bra ofcourse), flip flops and coffee cup with steaming hot coffee. Every morning it is the same story!!!

Today was no exception ... just add in a little holiday flair (Nick & Nora red dog pjs) and a black down puffer vest for the 30 degree weather ...

Oh yes ... I rock it at the bus stop!!! All those years in fashion have made me a star!!

And what do you look like at 7:18 am in the driveway of your house ...



Christmas ... all about meme!

Saw this on Barefoot in the Park and loved it!!!

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper … a bag does not look as good with a bow and a tie on! And where will I add my gift tag … seriously the bag sucks!
2. Tree--Real or Artificial? Fake … and I hate it. But what do you do when you marry an asthmatic? He seemed upset when I suggested he move out for the month of December …
3. When do you put Christmas tree up? I would say the Saturday after Thanksgiving but this year I have too many orders to make another mess this week! So … this year it will be a week late!
4. When do you take the tree down? Epiphany … family tradition! Did I mention I grew up Catholic … it was a big holiday in my house! All my friends think I am weird with a capital W!!
5. Like eggnog? I love it! Add a little fresh nutmeg and you had me at egg!
6. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes... Two! And baby Jesus does not make his entrance until Christmas morning!
7. Favorite gift received as a child? Nothing sticks out … maybe that’s a problem!
8. Hardest person to buy for? My Dad … he is way too practical!
9. Easiest person to buy for? My kids! (and the most fun!!)
10. Worst Christmas gift? A large bag of pistachios bought on Christmas Eve by Lawyer! He swears they were a great deal. Cuz that is what I base all of my gifts on … their great value!
11. Mail or email a Christmas card? Mail! I would be offended if someone emailed theirs to me! And what would I do … print it out?
12. Favorite Christmas movie? Anything they play on Lifetime this time of the year … I am a sap!
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? The day after Thanksgiving! Usually finish then too … it is shopping on crack … love it!
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Hell to the … well maybe!
15. Favorite food to eat on Christmas? Paula Dean’s French Toast casserole on Christmas morning!
16. Lights on tree? My tree is on crack … I am on the Martha Stewart plan … 100 lights for every foot! Plus a million more!!
17. Favorite Christmas Song? I love my Ralph Lauren Christmas CD!!!
18. Travel during Christmas or Stay home? I love to stay home … my favorite thing to do is spend Christmas morning alone with just us and then add in family after lunch!
19. Can you name Santa's reindeer's? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, & Rudolph
20. Angel or Star on Tree top? Big fat juicy bow!!
21. Open presents on Christmas Eve or morning? One special gift on Christmas Eve and the rest on Christmas morning!
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? The word x-mas … really who came up with that one?
23. Favorite ornament? My Happy Birthday Jesus that sits right up front!
24. What do you want for Christmas this year? Pink bike from Target, Crackberry (I am convinced I will be less stressed out), Laptop and lots of Lucky Buck cards!



If ...

... by chance it is a very stressful day ... and Babycakes is depressed at the lack of preschool for the last week (and proceeds to cry ALL DAY!) and your monogram machine is acting up ....

Just make sure that you wait for the shift change to head back to Starbucks for your second Cranberry Bliss Bar of the day.

That way they will think you have only stopped in once!


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