Christmas Cheer

I’ve really been thinking about Christmas and all the crap.

How’s that for some excellent Christmas Cheer?

See, with all the changes in our lives that we’ve made and are making as far as simplifying and cutting down and cutting back – I just can’t fathom going out and wastefully buying a whole bunch of “FUN” but “USELESS” stuff all in the name of Christmas.

At the same time, I want Christmas to be fun for the kids and for us as a family. I’m not really certain of what to do.

I do want to get the kids some fun things for under the tree. But, I’ve also been wanting to get toys that will last. Things that I can hold onto for when my kids have kids….things that can be passed down and treasured, and not things that just break before New Years comes around.

It doesn’t help that the kids recognize that they don’t really “NEED” anything. Sure, there are wants and hopes and “things that would be fun”, but I asked Xandra to write me a “Christmas Wish List” and she looked at me and thought for a moment and then said, “But really Mom, I don’t really need anything.”

She wants books. Geli did write a list, and when I asked her what was really important to her on that list….well…..nothing really.

Jeremy is a whole ‘nuther story. That kid would live his life at TOYSRUS if it was okay. He loves, loves, LOVES to get “stuff”.

And Josiah, we bought him one truck thing and he’s already played with it, but I’m going to wrap it up anyway, and I might even wrap a few of his current toys and thorw them under the tree. What does he know….the wrapping paper is going to be the biggest part of his Christmas this year.

Now, all of this is indicating that NO….we’ve not done our Christmas shopping yet.


That is partly because we’ve been waiting for some invoices to get paid – that’s another gift to ourselves….no added CC debt which also adds to the no stress factor which is all a good thing….

But, I’ll admit that not getting it done yet is a bit stressful on me….BUT….Jon has cleared his day on Thursday and we are going to do the bulk of it all and I have picked up a few things so it’ll all work out and be good. Anything left, we’ll finish up on Saturday when my parents have offered to take the kids and whatever doens’t get done…..doesn’t get done.

I’m not too stressed about it.

So, I’m not really sure where I’m going with all this. Nice, eh? One of my famous rambles…..

I think my point is that I want this season to be about more than “How much crap can I get?” I want to be able to tach my kids to recognize that they get what they need and that it’s SO MUCH FUN TO GIVE… give to those who don’t have everything they need or even just to others that you love.

I wish I had been a little more organized and been able to get the kids to make their own gifts for loved ones this year. I guess there is still some time…isn’t there?

We’ll have to sit down tonight and really think it through……

One thing that I am doing that is so cool is that we have a “White Elephant Gift Exchange” with my family every year and we buy a present with a set dollar value. This year I’m buying a water filter from Impact Nations and I’m going to put that in as my contribution.

I think it’s a great gift. You get to impact so many lives with clean healthy water. You get to give knowing that you’ve made a difference. You also don’t have to add to the crap in your own house.

Check it out.

Alright, that’s enough blathering for one day. I apologize for my lack of focus…..Siah is cutting molars….YES IT’S THAT FUN OVER HERE. and we’ve been up for the past few nights with him and well…I don’t think I’m coming across as clear and consise and I’d like to and well….I entirely blame Siah….and his cruddy sleeping over the past 3 days.

And I figure that it’s better to just stop now than to keep on going….I’ll come back later when I have a better grasp on what “focus” means….

What A Deal!

So, I saw a sale at Michaels int he newspaper for one 7ft Christmas tree and the kicker….it was pre-lit.

See, I’m one of “those” anal people who wrap each individual branch of their Christmas tree starting at the top and working from the centre, winding up each individual branch, and winding back down the branch….all the way through the whole freakin’ tree.

I LOVE the way it looks, and ABOSLUTELY HATE the amount of time that it takes to accomplish this….BUT….there really is no other “correct” way to put the lights on a tree. At least as far as I’m concerned. If you just throw your lights on to your tree, NO JUDGEMENT from me – I just can’t do it. I think this is how my mom did it, and to me it just looks so nice.

Anyway, back to my story…..I saw this tree in the flyer – 7ft, pre-lit (really, once I saw that it was pre-lit nothing else really mattered except the 7 ft was a bonus) and $150.00 – YES! One Hundred and fifty dollars….that’s right. Everything else in the store was $200+.

Now, I figured that is must be one of the thinner trees, not a HUGE FAT FLUFFY one, but I actually prefer that. If you saw my tree that I’ve had for the past 8 years, you’d know why this new one is a deluxe model for me.

I bought the last one for $10 at Value Village, and you know those apartment trees that are all the rage right now…they are only half a tree so you can back them up against a wall…well, I’m sure that I had the ORIGINAL Half tree. Only mine wasn’t supposed to be like that…it was just so freaking sparse that I had to bend all the branches at the back around to the front and even then….my little beauty was the sweetest Charlie Brown Christmas tree you ever did see.

I love this tree, and am going to put it up outside our front door….or maybe in my Front Foyer.

So you see, I’m not used to the great big huge fluffy trees…there is no where to “hang” your ornaments…they all just drap sideways on the flat layer of the tree…..I don’t like that.

So, we go to Michaels to get this tree, and there are NONE. I’m very surprised that they have none because it’s still early in the day, so chicken that I am “bwak, bwak” I tell Jon to ask the sales person to go and check in the back. They do…..and they have one.

So, I got a brand new Christmas tree.

They best part was bringing it home….opening the box and attaching the three pieces, and plugging it in. I just saved myself HOURS of stupid light wrapping and it feels SOOOOOO good.

I think we are going to decorate it tonight.

It’s my “incentive” to get the kids homework done and the house tidy when the kids get home from school. YAH!

Well, I gotta get busy on my Christmas Baking, but…

If you’ve not signed up for the giveaway, go here and enter your name in the comments….there are only 2 days left before some lucky person wins the item of their choosing.

It might as well be you!

ps…how do you put the lights on the Christmas Tree?

Not “THE” list, but I’m making one nonetheless..

First of all, I’m thrilled that some of you are delurking and entering for the giveaway.

I just wanted to say that if I “know” you in real life, and you feel like you’ve stumbled across this little secret thing, and you’re feeling like you aren’t sure if it’s okay…..

I’m writing about my life in the internet. It really can’t get much more open than that. I’m really okay with “you” – whoever you are – reading about me and whatever I choose to blather on and on about, and the only reason that I’m not passing out cards saying “READ ME” is because I like to pretend that I’m even a little bit classy, eh?

So, go ahead…out yourself. Sign up for the chance to win a free piece of jewelry. I’d love to give it to you…yah, YOU! I’m talking to you. So head on over and leave a comment and then we’ll cross our fingers and toes and legs (ya know…….if we’re laughing too hard) and hope that it’s you that wins.

And, if you entered the last contest and didn’t win….please enter again….You might win too, and I’d be more than thrilled to give the prize to you.

And moving on, today is my list making day.

Yesterday was my “OH MY GOSH, I CAN BREATHE AGAIN BECAUSE I HAVE NO STRESS OR PRESSURE TO GET THINGS DONE” day. I’ve been a bit busy, recently, and had a few deadlines, and really…it was all sitting quite heavy on me. And when I woke up yesterday, I actually felt like I had NOTHING…NOT. ONE. SINGLE. WEIGHT. resting on my shoulders.

Which of course is crap because I got tons to do, and if I don’t got tons to do, then I should really be decluttering my house….cause it really needs a thorough scraping.

So today, I’m making a list of the things that I need to get done before I have my annual Ladies Christmas Party, next Thursday. I’m planning on spreading everything out so that I can accomplish everything that I want and need to do without SPAZZING out on Thursday day trying to round up every last little thing for the evening.

I’m good at leaving things late and then getting it all done, but the stress of doing that…..yah, it’s getting old.

I’m also thinking about something and for those of you who are local – lemme know what you think?

I’m thinking of having an open house for a couple of hours in either an evening or on a Saturday morning and having my jewelry laid out to look at, and we could chat and have a coffee and Eggnog or some Cider, and maybe you could do some Christmas Shopping, if you were interested……

So, let me know what you think?

But, Now….now I gotta go and actually MAKE my list instead of just thinking and talking about making the list.

Still Singing….

Well, I cleared out the “new” section of the store to make way for the newest pieces. I do have a bunch of new jewelry that I’ve photographed, sorted through, cropped and have ready to add to the store… I just have to find the time to actually enter it all in and once that happens….we’ll have another give away.

I’m hoping to get it done ASAP.

Jon’s going away for the weekend with our Brother-In-Law. They’re headed up byond 100 Mile House to do some “hiking”. That would be the code word for hunting. See, if you don’t “get” anything, then you weren’t really hunting, you juts went for a big long 2 days hike (with a gun).

I’m not a fan of guns and I still struggle with the whole hunting thing, BUT if we get some deer, I will not be upset about eating wild fresh, steriod and hormone free meat, and so…..I just leave it at that.

I’ve cheated a bit on my diet recently, and I’m feeling it; and more unfortunately, I think, Siah’s feeling it. That has to stop right now.

I’ve got our Annual Ladies Christmas party in the planning stages and now I just have to get my butt in gear and actually get my house decorated.

I don’t know why, I’ve always been SO EXCITED to decorate for Christmas, and last year and this year….I just don’t have that drive to “make it happen”. We did have a tree up last year, but I totally didn’t put the effort in that I normally do and in some ways – it didn’t really feel as “Christmas-y”

I might start playing some Christmas music to help me get into the mood….Do ya think it’ll work?

I have my notes from the BOUNDARIES session, and I’ll try to type out something that makes sense.

Alright, Jon just got back from dropping the kids off at school and so I gotta go.

When do you set up for Christmas? Typically I set up the day after American Thanksgiving, we’ll see what this year brings.


Great Title, eh? 

Sounds like this should be a great inspiring post, full of all the wonders of 2007.  Maybe it might include some of the struggles and hardships that have been overcome or worked through…….NOPE!

I’m justnot feeling that deep this morning.

The kids are GONE! back in school, and my house is quiet, and except for the 4am fight that Jon and I had last night….all is well in my world.

I just realized that all I mention is when we fight….and well, it’s not as bad as it sounds. 

Please realize that we have a 5 month old who is not sleeping through the night, yet; so we are both over tired and on edge.  The fight last night was a stupid one.  Jon had got up to try to get the baby back to sleep (’cause if he smells me then he wants to nurse, and he really doesn’t need the middle of the night feeds anymore, so if he can learn to sleep through, then we’ll all be happier).  So, I was saying….Jon had gotten up at 3am to put the baby back to sleep, and by 4:15am – I couldn’t handle it any more. Jon was agitated, the baby was agitated, and I wasn’t sleeping anyway and I was agitated.  I just figured that an hour and 15 minutes was a good shot, and I’d nurse the baby and be done with it.  I know that’s just teaching him to wait it out, but with no one sleeping in our house, today and tonight should be fun times…wanna come over?

Anyway, Jon was annoyed and the Baby was crying and we were all tired, and some nasty things were said, and it was not a good time.  For some reason, after we had our little fight, the baby went to sleep and slept until almost 7am.

Middle of the night is not a good time to try and work anything out, so we both went to sleep, and now we still have to deal with the rubble of last night.  Not fun!

Moving on, ’cause that had nothing to do with what I originally planned to write out……ha ha HA HA HA!  That makes it sound like I had a plan when I sat down here in front of my computer.  There was no plan.  Which is why this ends up rambling……that’s something I want to stop doing.  I’m planning to have a plan…..see how tired I am….

Any way, I’ll just stop there and continue on down here.

We had a great Christmas holiday time, and you can check out the pics if you so desire.

Our Christmas Eve…….we found out that Taco Time is pretty simple and basic as ingredients if you are looking for a fast food.  Although the hard shells are corn, and some need to stay away from corn….but we were thrilled to find something that had no wheat, dairy or eggs in them….YAH!….oh, we skipped the cheese, and sour cream……that’s how they were “okay”.

I love this shot of me and ‘Siah……not cause it’s an okay shot of me, but mostly ’cause EVERY TIME he sees it, he stops whatever he is doing and smiles HUGE.

I also love this one of the 4 kids…….

… go to any of the “sets” just click on the pics, and it’ll take you there.

Then we had Christms morning with just the 6 of us, and it was so amazing. We usually have those mini cereal boxes, but we just bought 2 sugar cereals that we knew had no dairy in them…..but had WAY too much sugar in them.  The kids did pretty good considering they’ve been off sugar for a while now.

The presents part of Christmas was fun, as always.  My parents went overboard, and totally blessed the kids with stuff that they actually needed, and maybe a few things that they didn’t need.  I think the the highlight of Jeremy’s Christmas, though, was the stacking cups that he got.

He’s played those things non-stop since he got them…..everybody’s played those things non-stop since we got them.  I’ll post a video or two hopefully tomorrow.  It’s pretty funny to see grown men challenging each other over “those stupid cups”….even funnier to show them the links to the “pros” and to watch how fast they really can stack those things.  

Jon’s parents came over for the rest of the day.  We had so much fun playing games and eating dinner and opening presents and just spending some quiet time with each other.  It was a very nice Christmas with them.  But it was a little different ’cause ha;f of our fmaily is on the other side of the world…..missed you guys!

Then, on Boxing Day…..are you tired yet?  I know I was, and we’re not even done yet?…….my family got together at my sister’s house to celebrate Christmas.  We had another good time.  The kids all got the play together and the adults all got to play together, and we ate some good food, and well….it was just a lot of fun.  Too bad Xani couldn’t keep her eyes open…I guess the day just wiped her right out.

THEN………the next day, Jon and I headed back to Debbie and Denver’s house to meet up with these guys.  We had such a fun time.  We showed up around 6pm, and then we finally looked at the time, and it was midnight…’s true that time flies when you’re having fun.  I just wish they didn’t live so far away. 

We had the 28th off and on the 29th we headed to another friends house for a evening of fellowship, fun and FONDUE!  It was a blast, and there were so many of my old friends that I hadn’t seen in a while, BUT……I stupidly forgot my camera.  Oh well! 

The 30th was Jon’s birthday, and we had a big lunch time breakfast for him, and then we did NOTHING on the 31st, and then we had…….you’ll have to check back tomorrow to check out what we did on NEW YEARS DAY!  Mean, aren’t I?

Anyway,  I don’t really have any NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS, but if I did….and I don’t……I’d be working towards being 175 pounds…..that’s my first goal…I seem to be sitting right now between 178 and 181lbs. and I’d like to drop a few more instead of just sitting here stagnant.

AND……… I want to start posting more… every other day, for sure, I hope, I’d like or whatever……..

How was your holiday’s?

You only WISH your Christmas morning was like mine!

Xan came into our room this morning FREAKED OUT.

The lovely people downstairs were having ANOTHER FREAKIN’ PARTY.  We have wonken up WAY TOO MANY times recently to the idiots down stairs talking and partying it up.  It’s woken Geli up a few times as her room is downstairs with only a thin wall seperating her room from their kitchen/living room.

I’m not exactly sure what the deal is….earlier this year a mom and dad and older teenage daughter moved in….over the summer the daughter and ALL her friends hung outside and smoked so much.  I spent most of the summerwith my back yard windows closed ’cause they smoke so often…..

Now that it’s winter time, I think they are smoking inside from time to time.  We’ve woken up a couple of times to the house reeking like smoke, and Jon’s even gone down and asked and they’ve sworn that they aren’t….but it smells nasty….not fun!

Liek I said, they’ve had a few parties recently, but this morning at 4am I’d had it…..they were so loud and ALL 3 of the older kids woke up and that really ticked me off.

My kids are amazing.  They don’t know yet that they are “supposed” to stay awake all night and wake up at 4am to open presents.  They have always gone to bed around 8pm on Christmas Eve and wake up around 6:30 – 7am and are not allowed to come out and get their stocking before 7am.  I’m so mean, but we typically have happy properly rested kids on Christmas Day, and I like it like that.

So, The last time they were super lound Jon had gone down, but there were some HUGE dudes and they were pissed out of their minds drunk.  They offered to share with Jon and one guy even passed Jon his cup (sweet guy), and then when Jon passed it up – he took it back and polished it off.  They did quiet down and left pretty quickly, but it was sounding pretty wild this morning, and who knew what Jon would be walking in to…….so……….

I thomped on the floor…..and thomped and thomped and thomped and thomped.  Yah!  I was mad…chicken, but mad….it got really quiet for about 2 minutes and then they all moved outside the back door and resumed.  The basement suite doorway is right under Jeremy’s room, and’s poorly insulated and sounded like they were in the room with us… I thomped some more…..after another 15 minutes of one and off thomping – Id had it. I threw on a housecoat went out on my back deck and started yelling.  The whole neighborhood could probably hear me, but I really didn’t care.  They tried to shush me, but I told them to take off or I’d be calling the cops.

Long story short – They didn’t leabe or shut up and so Jon lodged a complaint with the police dept and they said they’d send a cruiser by, but in the next 5 minutes they were out on the front lawn for the whole cul-de-sac to enjoy their drunken roudiness, and one old guy came out in his security jacket to check it all out ’cause they started fighting.

So, we called the cops back and they said they’d be over right away.

15 minutes later the cops showed up just as the guys were climbing into their SUV.  They pulled them out searched them, and then checked out the suite and we could hear them asking about pot and they said that they could smell it in the suite….so much fun……so finally a taxi minivan rolled up and carted the lot of them off and two of them who were obviously not too drunk to drive drove off in the SUV, and then the cops left and it was over…….

Except I was a awake and so were the kids.  I told them to get back in bed and to go to sleep until after 7am, AND THRY DID.

But I didn’t….I was so wired and I laid there in my bed and laid there and laid there…so ridiculous.  I finally went to sleep, and then REALLY didn’t want to get up at 7am when the kids woke up to get their stockings.  Jon got up take pics, and I slept until 7:30pm.

I’m tired, and will hopefully get to go to bed soon. 

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas Day.  Ours has been wonderful even if it started off a little “eventful”.  I’m really hoping that tonight is less eventful.

Have Some Christmas Cheer

Going along with how behind we’ve been this Christmas…….

We are headed out to the stores right now.  It is 9:30am on the Saturday befoe Christmas, and if that weren’t bad enough….it’s snowing.  We are going to have some seriously grumpy people in the malls today, people, and we have our 4 kids and a stroller with us.  Fortunately, I don’t think we actually have to hit the Mall, but we do have to make a dollar store run, and to go to Superstore and the Veggie Market. 

Somone “facebooked” me (is that a verb now) a suggestion about what to get for my dad, and I think it was a GREAT suggestion and I think we’ll be doing that today as well.

To kick it all off, I have a headache and we haven’t even gone anywhere today.  I’m not sure why I have a headache, but I’m wondering if it’s something I ate ’cause not only do I have a headache, but Josiah is a wicked rash on his head.  He hasn’t had one in a while, and so I’m wondering if I ate something that had dairy or dairy protiens in it……..if that’s the case then that’s brutal.

Or, they could be totally unrelated and I couyld have a headache ’cause Jon and I had our second fight within a week.  Nothing brutal, but when you’ve not had any fights at all, and then you have two…..well, have we just not been communicating and now we are doing a bit more and so there is more opportunity to disagree or clash or is it because we have some issues that we need to resolve.  Who knows….it’s not a HUGE life altering fight, but you know….we just need to work through a few things….doesn’t everyone have issues sooner or later.  We might need to talk through a few things in front of a counsellor or something.

It’s always a good idea to work on your marriage and realtionships, and therapy or counselling is great as a preventative measure…….Doens’t it make more sense to work on “things” before they become a MAJOR issue?  That makes perfect sense to me.  To put in an other way….it makes more sense to exercise and eat healthy so that you don’t have a heart attack ’cause it’s easier to get healthy before you have a problem and WAY harder to come back from a Heart Attack and get healthy…….Which would you rather choose?

Do you believe in preventative and/or ongoing counselling or therapy to work on yourself and/or your marriage?  Do you go for a “tune up” once in a while?

Few and Far Between

I had really good intentions of posting before now, but hey, based on my recent track record…..twice in one week ain’t all that bad now, is it?

Josiah is sorta doing better.  When I have a bit more emotionl energy to actually talk about what’s really been going on – I will.  I’m not really holding anything back, per se; but you’ve just heard the bare bones of it all and as I’m sure you’re aware – I can be a lot more long winded and verbose about it all.  There are probably details that might help you to understand things  a bit better but for now – He’s doing a bit better.

We are almost ready for Christmas.  I have a hard time believeing that I’m saying that.  I haven’t left things this close to Christmas in quite a while.  It’s hard to not be on top of things, but this Christmas I almost don’t even care.  It really doesn’t even feel like Christmas.  I’ve not done any decorating except the tree and that means that I’ll have nothing to tear down except the tree…….and that’s the way it stands this year.  I have no Christmas baking because no one here can eat it, and that’s kinda hard, ’cause I LOOOOOOVE baking.  I have pulled off a few recipes, and I made vegan Oatmeal Cookies, but substituted Kamut for Oatmeal ’cause Xan and me are not supposed to have oatmeal……and I made vegan Gingersnaps and they were pretty good also…actually they were delicious, but Xan took the majority of them to her class party and so we were left with only 8 to split between the 5 of us. 

I think that I’ll ramble for a bit about everything and nothing.  I have seen the left side of 180 pounds a few times……I’m hovering weight wise right around 180…..178 – 181 – 179 – 180 – 179……I’ve been watching my weight creep down over the last 2 months and it’s been pretty cool to see those 170’s in there.  I was almost 180 when I got married and so to be at that weight is pretty exciting…….(whispers outta the side of her mouth) although I’m in no where near the same same as I was back then…..Oh to have that body back, but that would require some gravity defying surgery as “things” have sagged and fallen to lower levels and I’m not just talking about my butt or my under arm skin…….

We are trying to get back into some semblance of order here in the Culley house.  Jon’s been doing an amazing job of getting up with the kids and getting them off to school,then usually ends up putting them to bed ’cause I’m nursing Josiah…

The kids know that he’s nicer than I am and have stretched out the evening schedule to an hour and a half.  RIDICULOUS!!!! Not only that, but they continue to get out of their beds even after that, and I can’t handle it ANYMORE.  So, I’ve laid the “SMACKDOWN” on them all, and we are on a freaking rigid schedule that will not be mucked with on pain of death…….we are eating dinner at 5pm, cleaning up as soon as we are finished, and tidying the house if necessary (and you know it’s always necessary) then if that’s all done by 6:30 we’ll play a family game (either a board game or card game or puzzle or something) and then at 7pm they have 5 minutes to get jammies on and brush teeth and if that happens then Jon is reading to them until 7:30pm and then it’s on bed and Lights out for Jeremy and the girls get to read until 8pm UNLESS they’ve been rude or cheeky or disobedient……then they go to bed at 7:30 as well.

I’m not even getting angry or upset with them…..we are talking a lot about choices over here right now…if they make bad choices, then they end up with negative consequences and good choices result in positive consequences…….they may not always know what the consequence may be, but they are constantly making choices and their choices ALWAYS have a consequence……It’s been a week, and already I’ve seen a positive change in behavior and attitude….although they are still balking a bit at HAVING to tidy up EVERY NIGHT……things are still more positive than negative and so we are headed in the right direction.

One thing that I still need help with, I want to get something for my Dad…….and I’m STUCK!  I have no clue as to what to get him.  What do you get someone who can buy anything he wants.  I got him a gift certificate to a outdoorsman store for his birthday, but that just seems so……..thoughtless…..What would you get for someone like that?  Surely some of you have to buy stuff for someone who can get whatever they want………What you you suggest?

My Apologies and a Question….

I realize that I’ve not been around much.

I have a very good reason.  I’ve had a sick little baby. 

We’ve been having problems with poop, and I am so tired of “problems”, I really just wish that everything could be “normal” for a couple of weeks (at least) so I could rest and relax and stop holding my breath all the time.

We’ve seen some blood in Josiah’s diaper, and if that doesn’t just FREAK THE CRAP RIGHT OUTTA YOU, then I don’t know what would.

Something’s been going on for a wwile now.  His poos are not normal.  I know that breast fed baby’s poos are all over the place, but they shouldn’t be filled with mucus and streaked with bits of blood and so acidic that they burn his butt every time he poops.  That’s just not right!

We took him to our family Dr, who was so busy and running an hour behind and he basically brushed me off.  CAN WE SAY FRUSTRATION?  So, I then took him to the naturopath, who tested him and said that he’s got an yeast imbalance, and appears to be intolerant to dairy and eggs…

I wasn’t surprised about the eggs because a couple of weeks ago I made eggs and ended up scrambling them ’cause I wrecked them (I like my eggs a cretain way) then I made two more and ate them with my toast like normal, and a little bit later I was still hungry so I ate the other 2 eggs……Josiah threw up ALL DAY.  Not serious vomitting, but just little barfing….the ONLY thing different about that way was the 4 eggs…..Hmmmmm – so I had already wondered about eggs.

I’ve been “supposed” to be off dairy for a long time now, but occasionally cheat, but for a week and a half it’s been hard core.  No dairy, no eggs, and right now we’ve just started no soy…….I saw some more blood yesterday, and I had a fair amount of soy on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 

It’s so frustrating and so scarey when you’re laying beside your baby in the  middle of the night and you’re not certain if they’re squirming and whimpering because they have some gas or if it’s something more serious….let’s just say that I’ve not been having very much fun the past couple of weeks.  WAY TOO STRESSFUL!

But, I have a question for all of you, now that I’ve explained why I’ve not been around so much. 

What is your favorite Christmas CD?  I’m looking for good music, and I like pretty much anything, but I am looking for some more good ones.  I have memories of growing up and listening to Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers Christmas Album.  Not that I think that they are the definition of “Good” music, but I have so many memories attached to that tape cassette.  I love Sarah McLachlan’s Wintersong, and I think that Mariah Carey’s Christmas Album is a great Christmas staple to have……..

So, what are your favorites, and hopefully they’ll be on I-Tunes so I can buy a copy?