It’s FRIDAY!!!! The four-year-old threw up all over my mom’s couch yesterday - SO SORRRYYY, Mom and Dad!!!!! Thankfully it was the old couch not the shiny new one they just got. (Or our children would be banned from there FOREVER.) He felt bad about it. Last night, when we were praying, he prayed for “Abuelita’s couch that had throwed up on it.” I’m sure you really wanted to know this. It’s a horrible preface and has absolutely NOTHING to do with the following 7 “Quick” Takes. I hate throw up and if you are like me, you probably clicked the X button as soon as you saw those two evil words. At least I didn’t use the word, vomit. I hate throw up so much I usually just say, “he got sick”. Maybe you even sprayed your computer with disinfecting spray. I wouldn’t recommend doing that but I totally understand why you might consider it. I only thought you should know why I had time to sit here in ONE setting (a miracle?!) to type the following random not-really-important-at all…takes.
Ok, enough of that revulsion. Let’s talk about….Legos and other fun things now.
1. Earlier this week Julie from Teaching Good Eaters mentioned this awesome Pleygo program - like Netflix but for Legos! I like the idea of Legos for our kids. But, being the clutterphobe that I am, I’m a bit of a Lego Grinch. So when I read about Pleygo, I thought – hey! Now that is a GREAT idea! We signed up for a free month so we’ll see hot it goes. If you decide to try it, use this link please so we can enjoy another Free month. You can, in turn, invite your friends to receive the same deal.
Select the LEGO sets you want to build from our inventory. Our collection of sets is constantly being updated with the latest and greatest LEGO set releases. You will be sent sets according to the order they appear on your Wish List.
Then I read this next part and knew for sure they’d been reading my mind:
We live in a world in which one kid’s old toy is another kid’s treasure. We recognize that kids “grow out” of their favorite LEGO® sets or mix sets, and these usually end up in a LEGO bin in the attic collecting dust.
Pleygo helps you reduce clutter and provides you with $5 credit per pound towards your Pleygo plan so you can potentially get newer sets which your kids can enjoy. You can send in mixed bricks or complete sets, we like it all!
2. I know everyone else is talking about this (maybe?) but just in case you didn’t hear, one day in the very near future, you might look up to the sky and see more than just birds and pretty clouds.
Amazon drone 30 minute delivery service.
That’s right, friends, the future is is upon us.
3. So far, Advent is going well here. It’s actually a little eerie though because I have most of our presents bought already … and we’re only in the first week of Advent. That’s gotta be a record. I’m freaking myself out. I don’t know how it happened but I’m glad! I need to update my Christmas gifts spreadsheet and make sure I’m not forgetting someone. That seems to happen every year. Then I have to make up some lame excuse about why we don’t have a gift for little Timmie. We…er…forgot it…in the house…yeah, we’ll bring it to you…next Christmas. Maybe.
4. Having most of that done early has lightened the stress immensely. I might even be able to enjoy Advent and Christmas this year. I think the key is “simplicity“. Duh, Erika you are the Simplemama after all – be simple! (Yes, I talk to myself…don’t you?)
5. Way back sometime this year, I decided I’d keep up a private family blog and then make it into a Year in Review photo book for us. My friend, Vicki (hi!), said they’ve used Mixbook and like it. I made an Anniversary family photobook for my parents using Shutterfly earlier this year and liked the way that came out also. The idea was that I’d update the blog regularly so that, come December, all I’d have to do is click and order. Hahahahaha. I think I’m a glutton for punishment, or maybe in some twisted-crazy-lady sort of way I actually like the adrenal rush of staying up into the wee hours of the night trying to meet a deadline. (like my friend, Mary - who I am linking to again because she’s just TOO funny - also suffers from) So, I’m going to do that today…or tomorrow. Tomorrow is always better.
6. Speaking of procrastinating, I also really need to work on our Christmas cards. I don’t know why but it always causes me great anxiety. So I avoid it until the last possible moment. Then I justify sending them “late” because I wanted to wait until Christmas actually really started. Every year I consider just saying NO to Christmas cards. I LOVE getting them….though sometimes I don’t know where to put them. I’m sure there are all sorts of Pinterest ideas for how to do that. I’ll have to look into that. But then, I don’t know what to do with them once the flurry of Christmas has past. I have several random bags full of past years’ cards down in our storage…I feel guilty throwing the picture cards away because I know how much time went into making and sending them.
I spend way too much time agonizing over which design to use, which picture, and then trying to limit the number of recipients since we can’t spend a billion dollars on Christmas cards (or anything, for that matter.) I don’t want to leave anyone out but then I also have to think – who really cares if they get a card from us? And, more importantly, if we send them a card with our family picture, what will they do with it? Will they frame it? Stick it on their fridge and remember to pray for our family? Will it make them smile or will they see through the picture-’perfect’ moment and know what we are really like? Oh, and then there’s the whole mailing lables and mail merging fiasco which I’d rather not talk about. Ok, ok, I know I overthink things way too much. But sometimes I just can’t TURN MY BRAIN OFF!!
7.After spending way – WAY – too much time looking through all the gorgeous designs at TinyPrints and Cardstore, I thought about just designing our own using PicMonkey but then, in the end I decided to – guess what? SIMPLIFY! I grabbed some simple cards at the Dollar Tree and will order wallet-sized family pictures. Then people can do what they want with the card and keep our pictures in their wallets like
creepy stalkers kind loving friends who care that deeply about us.
Well the four-year old woke up and now the baby-toddler is also awake and bringing me the cereal boxes so I can pour some onto the
floor clean lid by me so I can desperately finish this incredibly unimportant post. You’re Welcome. I’m going to go feed my children at the table now and put on a bra.
Have fun reading other’s much more important 7 Quick Takes!
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