17 December 2010

Mommy Madness - Christmas Favorites!

I'm all about the hoppin' these days and this one looked like so much fun I couldn't resist.  I saw it the first time over at Ashley Plus Three and followed it to Life with the Lebedas!

Now all I've gotta do is write something.  Easy right?  Suuuure.

This hop is all about Christmas favorites, and I'm all about Christmas so here goes!

  • Decorating!  I love decorating.  I've got Christmas lampshades, figurines galore, candles, even the dreaded Christmas sweaters, that I pretty much refuse to wear anymore, because the only time you can get away with wearing old lady clothes is when you're NOT an old lady!  I put garland on everything, from the mailbox and lightpost, to the banisters and light fixtures inside.
  • Kisses!  No, not those, the Hershey's kisses.  All the fab flavors they come out with during the holidays.  This year I tried the cherry ones!  So much better than the chocolate covered cherries!
  • Christmas Music!  I adore Christmas music.  Except when you work in the mall for 14 hours a day from Halloween until January.  Then it just sucks, but I don't so I do!
  • Candles!  I love candles all the time, but there is O.N.E. that I adore.  I had a whole case of them that I bought from Home Interiors when it was still Home Interiors years and years ago and every year I've burned one.  I think it's Cranberry Peppermint or something, but this year I'm on my last one so I haven't lit it yet.  I'll wait til Christmas day!
  • Staying home!  Yes, finally!  This year the in-laws are coming here, so I can enjoy Christmas morning, then a nap, then a visit, then a nap, then some lazy time, then a nap.
  • Riding around seeing everyone else's decorations.  The lights at the James Center make me feel all warm and fuzzy and that's how you're supposed to feel at Christmas right?
  • Candles in the windows.  Love them!  Leave them on all the time even when they make it hard for me to sleep.
  • Snow!  I so hope we get snow for Christmas this year!
  • Spending the day with my husband and youngling.  They're my loves and my life.
I'm sure there are things I'm forgetting, but that's what I can think of at the moment.  Usually I'd put gifts on the list, but there won't be any of those this year.  We've managed to do a little something for the past three years, but our finances are at an all time low.  Trying to keep the house from being foreclosed on and the utilities all turned on continues to be a struggle and I've pulled about every miracle I can out of the hat.  We've cashed out retirement plans, used all our savings account, I've even sold anything I can stand to be parted with to bring in some extra funds.  The guys at the bank look forward to me bringing in rolls of pennies now!  Although I am thinking about selling my wedding rings since gold is at an all time high.  That would go a long way to helping out and then maybe I'd have a little bit extra for a Christmas present for the kiddo!

I'm holding out for an insurance payment for $1500 that they are dicking around with, trying to come up with any reason possible to not pay it, and hopefully (fingers crossed) my disability will come through soon which would be a pretty big initial payment and a monthly payment that would make the house payment from then on every month.  Until then, we'll keep doing what we can, but even that won't keep me from enjoying the holidays.  As much as I wish I had some money to spend on a thing or two for her, she's my little angel baby and she understands how it is.  I'm so looking forward to the day I can make up for this Christmas and her 18th birthday too when she got zip for the big day!

Anyway, we've learned that Christmas isn't about the "stuff" it's about the time.  The spirit.  The whole experience of Christmas and that's what matters.  That's what we enjoy and that's what I hope for every one of you, my lovely bloggie buddies!


  1. Donna! You are such an inspiration! I had no idea you guys are struggling so much and yet you are so positive. You are awesome. Xo

  2. Your positive attitude has encouraged and inspired me this morning! I pray that you get resolution to your financial issues and whatever is holding up the insurance and disability gets miraculously moved out of the way....quickly.


  3. I'm so glad that you joined us! :D I too love Christmas! Decorating is my favorite. I thought I had tons of decorations until we moved into a bigger house and now it looks like i have nothing, lol. I love hershey kisses too! I even have red and green hershey kiss lights.
    Your situation totally breaks my heart! I agree with Ashley, your absolutely an inspiration! Sometimes it so hard with everyone focused on the wrong things. I'd rather just get together and spend time with family than worry about where all the money is gonna come from! Thanks so much for sharing your story!
    Cute blog! I'm a new follower and can't wait to read more of your blog!

  4. Hi, gotta run. I'm on a 40+ years and older hop. Trying to say howdy to everyone I can before my Dr. appointment. Hop back. Hook up your Hop. Enter my Giveaway. Need some people to enter. I'd enter myseld but that would be weird. LOL Check out HWLWG. I'll stop again when I have more time.
    Laurie at Grandma Sez So
    Love the music and your blog.

  5. Stopping by from the Friday Hop to say hello and to follow.
    Have a great day!

  6. Hi, new follower here! I LOVE this blog!!!!! I can't wait to start reading!

    I have 2 giveaways going on if you're interested: We Don't Have It All Together

  7. I read through all of the blogs on this page. I can see that you are really going through it. I feel your pain. I sold my house and moved in with my parents four yeras ago. I finally caved and filed for SSDI this year. I have blogged about this already, but I wish I had done it sooner because I waited until the point that I am now draining my parents financially dry. I just thought I would be better by now and it wouldn't come to this. I really thought I would never have to do this. Pride is terrible thing. It really is the last thing to go. If I could do it over, I would apply four years ago to save them from this. My physical situation is no better now than it was then so I suppose I might be saving myself some pain, too. But I don't feel nearly so bad about my physical pain as I do about the financial damage I have inflicted on them. Of course, they don't see it that way since I am their daughter. However, I would totally do it different. I will pray for you. Being sick and unable to cope with these economic times is just brutal. You can email me at rarichards68@gmail.com if you want to rant about this. I know that from which you speak!

  8. Stopping in from over 40 blog hop. Love your blog, your positive attitude, and your Christmas favorites. I too love the snow, candles, and staying home at Christmas. I'm your newest follow and look forward to checking in again.



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