Joanie - KJ doesn't drink from a sippy cup at all but she LOVES drinking from a straw. Have you tried that with Sora? I just bought KJ this cup:
She loooves it, she'll drink SO much water when it's in this cup!
Amanda - that work situation... I would CRY. Like EVERY DAY. Especially because I love Christmas as much as I love my own child (I am exaggerating. Maybe.). And also because I was desperately unpopular/teased/pranked until High School and that kind of exclusion would bring out my old insecurities like nothing else could. But you are soooo not over-reacting, that's incredibly messed up, I don't understand how NOBODY in that circle would think to include you. That hurts. I'm so sorry.