Mommy's Juice!: The 11 Days of Christmas   

Friday, January 4, 2013

The 11 Days of Christmas

At the Movies
You would think with an 11 day holiday vacation I'd be posting on the blog daily.  Obviously that wasn't the case.  Why you ask?  One word answer: kids!  

Eleven days, all spent from morning til night with my little bundles of joy.  Eleven days, that felt like eleven months.  Make that eleven years.  Make that.... well you get my point.  Don't get me wrong, I truly appreciate every single second that I have to spend with my boys.  I've even convinced myself that I appreciate the seconds when they are screaming their lungs out while kicking and rolling on the floor.  But eleven days contain a lot of seconds, and although I still appreciate every one of them, I must say, it was a bit overwhelming.

I did however, learn quite a few helpful lessons during this "vacation" that I can carry forward for future "seconds."  Here I'll share just a few, for any of you other moms not quite accustomed to the SAHM lifestyle:

1. Never take a two year old to the movies.  Thinking my four year old would enjoy Monsters Inc. and the two year old would sit quietly and eat popcorn, I made this attempt.  Bad f'ing idea!  The two year old was all over the place.  Not just in our theater, but every other theater in the joint.  One highlight though, as he mingled from room to room I was able to get a preview of almost every blockbuster of the season!

2. Make sure to have double the amount of groceries needed stocked and ready to go in your kitchen before "vacation" time starts.  God forbid you have to go to the store with the little ones.  I went four times during the eleven days and am convinced I have four new wrinkles on my face.  One for each visit.

3. Allowing children to color themselves with washable marker can be a nice alternative to drowning shots of vodka.  When I had finally hit my breaking point last Friday it led to this:

I didn't care, they could do whatever they wanted, as long as they were QUIET.  The time it took them to create this mess may well have been my happiest moments of the entire vacation.

4. Don't take your eyes off your kids for a second when visiting Whole Foods.  While searching for an overly priced bread for Christmas morning my two devils were able to sneak behind me a grab one of EVERYTHING from the conveniently located sweets table.  Yes, the thought to put every one of them back, germs and all, did cross my mind, but I imagined the scorn in which I would face from other shoppers wasn't worth the expense of a dozen sweets.

5. Having relatives around for the holidays isn't such a bad idea after all.  I certainly could have used the help!

Happy New Year everyone!


  1. Hi there - new follower from the blog hop! Love your blog & can't wait to read more! Hope you have a great day :)

  2. LOL! Hilarious. We tried to take my godson to the theater when he was about 3...he wanted to see Ratatouille so bad...but then he was terrified of the rat!

  3. Too stinkin' funny! I, too, have a two year old (that's my only one, though).... my stars! I do believe that I have started sprouting grey hair.... through the hair dye. :) I feel your pain. But, aren't those little mosters so worth it?? LOL! Found you at the Mom hop & excited to be following you, now! Hope you can visit soon...


  4. omg that photo is PRICELESS!!!!!!!! =}

  5. Love it!! Definitely a bad idea on the theater...I've been there, done that. I actually don't even take my 8 year old. He just doesn't have the patience to sit there for 2 hours lol!

    Thanks for linking up with the GtKY hop!

  6. Hi there found you on bloggy moms and am a new follower. I have to say I know how you feel at least last year I did. This year Christmas vacation seemed to go by a little bit quicker.

  7. LOL! I must admit...I do not miss the terrible toddler years! I'm dealing with the horrible teenage years right now. Happy New Year! =)

  8. Why grocery stores have not figured out that moms of tots would pay a premium to shop online and have their groceries delivered is beyond me. Found you through Bloggy Moms.

  9. Hi there! Stopping by from Bloggy Moms blog hop and I am a new follower! I agree, Christmas break goes way too fast! I hope you will stop by my site if you get a chance!!


  10. LOL - Sorry but you deserve that drink! The movies, the markers, the sweets! LOL - that pic of them is adorable :)

  11. LOL! Oh the adventures we get into with the kiddos. Glad it all turned out ok, and happy new year!

  12. LOL....I'm a mom. I get it. Stopping by for the 1st time-

  13. Stopping by from Bloggymoms! Winter break gets me totally off schedule and I'm a SAHM! But now the kids will go back to school and I have to adjust my schedule AGAIN from being lazy bums to productive members of society. It's for the birds.

  14. Ohhhh, I had a horrible migraine one day and allowed my kids to write all over my face with washable marker (they were 4 and 18 months at the time). I covered my face in lotion, wiped it off, then drew a line down the middle. Then, I laid on the floor and let them decorate.

    It gave them much needed mommy time. It gave me a chance to rest, close my eyes and get my face massaged.

    Desperate times call for desperate measures, AND make the best pics!

    1. That's hilarious! I'll have to remember that for next Christmas vacation!

  15. Hi! Stopping by from Bloggy Moms Hop.
    I'm a new follower and look forward to reading more.
    What a great photo haha!


  16. I think anytime you travel together, or have vacation, it can be the most trying and testing time for everyone. You find out how much you really get along;) Let them play with the markers...why not!

  17. Just stopping by from Bloggy Moms! I'm a new follower!

  18. Thank goodness for washable markers!


  19. Oh my goodness, the glasses-over-the-hat look at the movies is great! Love it. :)

  20. Oh girl I hear ya! I feel like I'm the only one who doesn't end Christmas vacation with a sad smile and a Shutterfly photo album full of our "special family moments." Typically I'm asking them to SWAT roll out of the car as I slow to an acceptable speed then drive off to Starbucks. And there may or may not be a little Running Man going on in line while waiting for my coffee;) School vacations are punishment for anything and everything I ever did wrong in life;) Last year I posted Kool and the Gang singing "Celebrate" on my blog the day before they went back.

  21. Hello, new follower here and I’d like to invite you to join me at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop:

    I hope you can make it!


    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

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