Speaking of Monkeyboy... last night he went out with some friends who live in the neighborhood. He came home, and walked into the house with his hood up and his head down, his hair falling in his face. Diana and I were watching TV in the living room. Monkeyboy stood in front of us and said, "Mom, how would you feel if I told you I got a piercing?"
We thought he was joking... until he took his hood down, and flipped the hair out of his face, so we could see his bloody lip!
I kid you not! His friends pierced his lip for him!
I didn't think to take a picture of it, in all the commotion afterwards. But I will put a pic of him here if he'll let me! I don't think it looks all that bad. Diana has already told him he will not be allowed to have a ring in it, just a little stud. So it won't be too noticeable, I guess.
Anyway. What was I talking about? Oh yeah. Christmas. Because of the crappy economy, nobody in my house is actually working regular hours right now, and we are pretty short on money! Its going to be a very simplified Christmas! Diana is a little worried about this, because she's always gone all out for Christmas, making sure each kid had a giant pile of gifts under the tree. I guess the precedent was set by Monkeyboy, who was an only child for the first six years of his life. It was easy enough for Diana to spend her Christmas bonus making sure he got everything he wanted from Santa! By the time Little Bear was born, Monkeyboy was already used to Christmas being this way, and when Little Bear got old enough to know the difference, it was only fair to make sure she had a comparable pile of gifts under the tree. Then Pufferfish was born, and... well, its getting more and more difficult to pile up those gifts, especially while everyone is broke!
So this Christmas we're gonna dial it down a bit. Because Christmas shouldn't just be about gifts, right? But. Since there will be less gifts, we should replace it with something else, don't you think? So my question to you is, can you think of some ways to make Christmas more special for a family with three wild and crazy kids, without spending a lot of money?
Little Bear and I have already chosen a child in foster care, through our church's "angel-tree" type thingy, to buy some gifts for, so Little Bear will at least experience picking out gifts to make an anonymous child happy. So there's that. But what else? Can you think of anything? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Diana: "Ugh, I'm not looking forward to this Christmas!"
Me: "It will be our best Christmas ever! We'll all learn a valuable lesson! It will be a very special year for us!"
Diana: "This isn't a Disney movie, Nicki!"