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1. I'm most thankful that my family has it's annual "Polish Christmas Party" in April. Last year it was May. Yes sir, and madames, my DNA fam and I gather at a restaurant every year, last year it was an Italian restaurant, in Spring to sing English and Polish Christmas carols. The waitstaff is usually highly entertained (and a little corn-fused) by this. It's one less party in December, and we get to enjoy each other under less stressful conditions.
2. Thankful that my family has CTFD'd a little on the crazy gift-giving. I just pulled back myself out of necessity, and most have seemed to follow. I have a lot of siblings, they all have a lot of kids, so I would have to start earlier and earlier to get everyone a gift. SO MUCH STRESS and money. No one would never agree to a grab bag, white elephant, or Imagination Christmas, which I fully support!
If you aren't familiar with Rod & Tod Flanders, this is 10 magic seconds you should see:
From harrison does tech YouTube channel
3. I'm thankful for everyday laughter, and that my family embraces it wholeheartedly. My 3 year old has long talked about her "Ketchup Toes" (back story in the link,) and when my sister gave her purple nail polish she started playing jelly toes, now her favorite game is "Jellyfoot!" in which she tickles someone with her foot and/or sticks her cute little Fred Flintstone foot in your face and yells "Jellyfoot!' Mayhaps you have to be there, but it's adorable.
In the grocery yesterday, we gave the kids ham from the deli package and after the baby kept bugging Daddy, yelling "Ham!" he said to her, "You still have a big piece of ham on your coat, eat that first." I could not stop laughing, and calling ham "Coat Ham" and asking "Did they have anything for lunch, besides Coat Ham?" and whatnot. I'm easily entertained I guess.
4. I'm thankful that I'm thankful that my baby has started talking. I know more about my kids, if you don't have kids or like kids, I won't judge you, skip to #4 but let me quickly 'splain. That means BABY stage is over, and here comes the toddler stage and before you know it, they're weird, rude teenagers. That's kind of sad. How quickly it all flies by. This one is my last, I thought each new stage would be devastating to me, and at moments it is, but I'm too tired and busy to be sad for long, and she is just so darn hilarious.
We're really having fun with her, she even cracks her older sister up. I took a hilarious video of her wearing play dress-up glasses and whatnot, but I cannot get it to ever finish upload to YouTube and don't have time to figure it out at the moent. But it's hilarious, we taught her to make an "L" (kind of) on her forehead and say "Loser!" which when she says it sounds like "Woozer!" What? She won't be in school for like 2 more years, we'll unteach the swears and stuff by then.
5. Target dollar spot. Our power went out yesterday, yet again, and since I had stocked up on glow sticks and battery-operated tea lights, the kids were distracted and entertained.
6. Elf Yourself. So much funny FOR FREE. This had me cracking up Thursday morning, when I have to get up before 5am to wait for the first child I watch to be dropped off.
7. Jib Jab. Same thing, different scenarios. It's probably just me, but I find this totally hilarious. I made all the Kardashians into weeners, have you seen my weeners?
8. Thank all the old gods and the new for: Professional Photographers. There is no way I can possibly ever get all of children to sit still and/or smile for a photo. ALL EFFING YEAR long I try! But last year we scheduled an appt at JCPenney studio, we were in and out in 20 minutes and everyone looked adorable. The teenager even smiled! It was a Christmas miracle! Worth every penny to get at least ONE family photo per year. And that is all we ever get: ONE.
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9. Cards Against Humanity.
An interesting card game I discovered yesterday at a birthday party.
Ask Google, it's worth looking into. It would make a great gift, or liven up any party!
10. I'm using the TToT mulligan: Thankful to be at TEN!! I need to do something about our holiday photo before it becomes a Valentine's Day photo!
Happy Holiday season, don't let it become STRESSEMBER!