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#481 of 618 Old 12-22-2006, 01:20 PM
 
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I wish I could pull off glitter on the spider webs to get my mom to leave them alone.

WE got a quick veiw of the sun after I got up and thent he clouds moved back in about as quick as it took me to say "yeah, the sun's come out!" :

Now to see how things go this evening. I might be sans kids tonight if the littlest is up to it, otherwise I'll just beshopping with one kid and Dh.

I'm crossing my fingers!
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Happy Solstice Morning Everyone!

Congratulation Maverypoo!

Got to see the sun rise this morning!
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OTJ: Happy birthday to your little guy!

Maverypoo:

Well, we opened our presents today. They kids had a great time. Dh got me a new wedding band. I have lost 2 of them. It is nice and simple gold band... now I don't even need to take it off... ever!

Well, gotta go enjoy the craziness.

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Morning! (well, actually. nearly afternoon...)

We had SUN this morning, from sunrise and it looks like all day, BRIGHT, BRIGHT sun : The snow slowed down yesterday morning, and was done around noon, the kids went out to play for just a few, and then took wonderful exhausted naps

Thigh High Snow

maeveypoo- CONGRATULATIONS!!!

OTJ- Happy Birth Day to Anton, and thank you for sharing his birth story

wombatclay- me, too! do you think, if we figure out how to glitter the webs for decoration, that I could pretend the dust on everything is actually representing a light dusting of fluffy Yule snow?

Blessings to everyone!

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Happy Birthday Anton!

One of our friends dd has a cold and they are not coming...: oh well...we will miss them!

Sun? we haven't seen much of it the last few days. we miss it!

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Happy Birthday Anton!! 4 is such a fun year! Enjoy your day with your little (growing bigger!!) boy Liz
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Happy Birthday Anton!

Pierce turned 4 yesterday, how the time flies!

maeveypoo, congratualtions, have fun with the party! We had a pig roast for our reception and it was soooo fun. We had fun, the guests had fun and it was great.

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wholy cow! That is some serious snow!

Well, I have washed up my great grandmother's china and I am actually going to use it. I always complain about my mom doing that crazy stuff, but I was looking in my cupboard and thought... I wanna use that stuff.

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Happy new year everyone! Just thought I"d pop in and say hello on this special day. I had such a great solstice eve. We had a gloriously clear day yesterday (its cloudy today) so I took my little bean for a hike in the wood in his backpack. It was just me, ds and the dog and the forest was so fresh and crisp. The sun was beginning his descent and I told Huwyl the story of the sun and how he would return to his mother's womb to die but would be reborn as a new baby son in the morning. As he grows older he will get stronger and hotter as the year continues. Bless him my little one listened to every word and only 17months yesterday!

I went out to dinner with some girlfriends for a birthday and when I got back dp had got a roaring fire going so I did my wishes for the year, said goodbye to my aunt who died last week and read my year ahead on a burning piece of sage in the fire. We had candles burning from sunset to after sunrise when I went out onto my deck and welcomed the new son/sun into the world. The best yule ever. Finally in my own home where we can become the family we want to be.

Yay! Bright Blessings to you all xxx

PS Was laughing at myself today. Was in the supermarket as usual on a friday and wondering why it was so busy. I was thinking how strange it is when christmas is over as there is such a big build up then realised it isn't til monday! I was so invested in my yuletide I forgot about Christmas! I think I can truly class myself as a pagan now...
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Happy Birthday, Anton! : :
Today, I celebrate the birth of my sweetie boy. He is 4 yrs old today.
Happy birthday little man! And congrats to you on having a wonderful little guy that I'm sure makes you smile more than anything else in this world.

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And speaking of the next holiday, I've GOT to clean the house before my MIL and SIL arrive on Saturday. Hmmmm....just how bad would it be, really, to sit DD down in front of her signing times videos for...oh...maybe ive hours? Yes, it's been a loooooong time since I've cleaned!

Hmmm...actually, yes, I think the last time I did a serious cleaning was the vernal equinox. Guess it's a good thing we have so many holidays or my house would probably collapse under the weight of dust bunnies and spider webs!

Maybe if I spray the spider webs with a little glitter my MIL will think they're holiday decorations?
LMAO @ glittery cobwebs... I think that'd be rather cool at halloween! I have to finish digging out my spare room so I feel your pain, my bil & his wife will be staying in there : I've been doing the flylady 15mins in there over the last week though so it's almost ready for habitation

Today I brave the supermarket and possibly target IF I can steel myself enough to undertake that with three kids Hubby *was* taking the not so reliable second car to work today so I could have the good car... you'll note the word WAS in that sentence. : He got about 5km away and said it started spewing smoke and stinking and when he checked there was water spraying out from the head. SOoooo it's at the minimum got a blown head gasket... possibly a blown head. I had planned to take that car this morning to go to the supermarket... he insisted he'd take it JUST IN CASE. How fortuitious eh? He limped it back home, the stench out in my driveway right now is unreal... the smell of the rotting corpse of a dead car It's a 1988 model and has had minor bs problems since we got it (parents actually gave it to us, it was mechanically sound when they did So, I'm gonna put that secret to the test & start FEELING a late model mini van in my driveway *gryn*

I'm off to brave the last minute shopping hoardes... may the force be with me

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Well our solstice didn't turn out as planned. It was just wicked windy here and my brothers car broke down so he couldn't come and then another friend called because she got out of work late and was beat, so it ended up being just our little family. Bella was so disappointed! (So was I) My DH handled it so well, he got Bella to play guitar with him and we strung popcorn and cranberries and then we played I Spy Bingo and won little prizes. (which I don't usually do, but it felt nice to win after our party falling apart).

Now I am up early, very early and don't know why. I woke up at 4:15 and felt wide awake. I know I will pay for this later!

But the upside to everything is that my house looks beautiful. I just love my house. It was such a horrible source of conflict 2 1/2 yrs ago and now, I am very thankful for not only the house but everything we went through to get it.

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Congrats on the engagement! That is very exciting.


To flip the mood for a moment. I'm having a bad week. DH and I have been fighting about his family. I have some issues with friends and I feel like the friendships are dieing and that may be best. I had to rush out and buy 6 unexpected gifts for people and all I can see in my head is the cc bill racking up simply to appease the commercialism gods.

So please tell me what you would do in this situation. Short background (8 years of crap is too long to get into here). Back in Oct DH's sister got married. I was a bridesmaid. My parents were not invited to the wedding. My mom told me her feelings were hurt as she considered DH's family to be her extended family. Then I find out the the other bridesmaid's parents had been invited. so if they invited the other parents who were related the same way that my parents are related (or not related) why weren't my parents? DH asked his mom and she said that they had not even thought about it. Ok. So a normal person would have called my parents and apologized for unintentionally hurting feelings. MIL didn't even say anything to me about it. Ok. So we went to my parent's house for Thanksgiving. Apparently this put MIL's panties in a wad. She makes off hand comments about her whole family (she has 5 grown children) are not all together for the holidays. In-laws never invited us over for xmas. My parents kept asking what our plans were. Finally, I said we have no plans. They ask to come over on the 25th. Ok. In-laws ask DH if we are going to their house on xmas. He says no because my parents over coming over. He asks me if we can go to his parents. I told him then my parents would be alone. See, his parents have 4 other grown children that live here. My siblings all live in other states. I don't want my parents to be alone. It would be the best solution if in-laws would invite my parents over on xmas. DH said that to his mom. That they should invite over my parents and we can all spend xmas together. She told him that they considered it and discussed it but decided *not* to invite them over because my parents "are proably still bent out of shape about the wedding." Ok, WTF!!!!!! So you hurt someone's feelings, don't apologize, and then purposely NOT invite them to a family function because you basically don't want to confront them. It's better to just pretend my parents don't exist. I told DH I would not change my plans with my parents to let his parents have a happy house-full while my parents would be alone. We fight. Next day my dad calls and asks if they can come over on the 24th instead because he voluteered to work so the people with younger children could stay home on the 25th. (I can safely say that my mom told him that DH and I had been fighting because of all this. I know my dad changed the plans to stop the fighting.) So as soon as DH hears that my parents are coming the 24th he say's "Great now we can go to my parent's house."

Would you go to the in-laws on the 25th? I can't stop DH from going of course. I don't want to drag my kids into it. I'm thinking of "being sick" on the 25th because I don't think I can go over there and keep the peaceful, loving, joyful xmas spirit that is appropriate in the in-laws good Christian household.
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kleine Hexe- I wouldn't go. I just got into a family feud with my own family about holiday stuff. I just couldn't take it anymore.
I've decided not to travel on holidays so ds and I will be staying home. If people want to see us, fine, they can come over.
I won't keep the peace anymore.

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Would you go to the in-laws on the 25th? I can't stop DH from going of course. I don't want to drag my kids into it. I'm thinking of "being sick" on the 25th because I don't think I can go over there and keep the peaceful, loving, joyful xmas spirit that is appropriate in the in-laws good Christian household.
Heck no. I'd tell my MIL to grow the up, and apologize to my parents. Clear the air, and find out what's going on once and for all. I'd tell my husband that he needed to talk to his parents about their behavior, too, and that if he didn't do it I would (and it would probably be less than civil).

I'm glad that I don't have to deal with drama of that variety. The worst I have to deal with is preaching. I hope Bean tells FIL that Jesus was imaginary or a goa'uld. It'd serve them right.

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I've decided not to travel on holidays so ds and I will be staying home. If people want to see us, fine, they can come over.
I won't keep the peace anymore.
Good for you Liz! Enjoy your solstice & go in peace.

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Kleine Hexe: That is a tough one. The empowered me says screw them and stay home. I hate dragging my kids all over hell and gone to visit family (who won't do the same for me). But then I can give that advice and I don't take it for myself. We are travelig over Christmas, and on Yule we had to drag DH father over and then he didn't want to stay so we had to take him back early and it disrupted our evening plans. Yet we will do it again and again. I want to kick our butts! We have to drive to pick up FIL tomorrow in fact, take him out to BIL house (since they moved it is so tough for them to come into town now... they have kids and all and it is the holidays... hmmm. SO DO WE!) spend then late moring with people who make me crazy, then head north to my folks to be haseled for 2 days then to SIL house to be ignored all the while dragging 4 kids (two who are now getting sick), my pregnant butt and Dh. AGH! Why do I do this??? YEAR AFTER YEAR?? OK so my advice is stay home!

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Heck no. I'd tell my MIL to grow the up, and apologize to my parents. Clear the air, and find out what's going on once and for all. I'd tell my husband that he needed to talk to his parents about their behavior, too, and that if he didn't do it I would (and it would probably be less than civil).

I know what it's about. I am not part of their family and neither are my parents. You see, I'm not a blood relative....not one of the clan. I am not and never will be truely accepted. DH has flat out told me that his parents don't think of my parents as family and that his parents don't like my parents. My mom is too loud and hectic for them and my dad has nothing in common with them. They are very close minded and have no desire to expand their circle of family/friends. They are the prime example of passive aggressive rudeness.
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This thread moves so fast it's hard to keep up!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Solstice!! We measured our shadows and made bird seed ornaments and hung them outside, had a wonderful feast with lots of candles, lit the Yule log, read The Shortest Day (I love that book!).

Looking forward to more Yule-time celebrating tommorrow night and Monday.

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oy!

i've been MIA, been depressed, then sick, then insanely busy.

I spent all kinds of time finding neat pagan artwork for my yule cards (they were SO neat! ) only to have my printer crap out
I had to borrow my dad's printer, and alas, I am in the closet still. so they are pretty general. As it is, he flipped because they say yule instead of xmas. But they will reach you soon I hope.

I just have found it impossible to get into a "holiday" mood. I just dont care, period. I am dreading going to family gatherings. I just dont give a damn.

My whole family came down with a 72 hour stomach flu. NO fun.

I havent caught up with the thread yet, but I hope to in the next couple days.

Hope every one had and is having a wonderful yule tide!

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Craven- I must admit that I have not gotten into the holiday mood this year, either. I didn't even want to decorate my tree. I think that much of my mood is because things didn't work out how I had hoped it would. I just want xmas to be over.
Ds woke up at 1am with a raging fever and was clutching a bowl for a couple of hours. He has diarrhea today and doesn't have much energy.
I'm ready for 2007. I hope to goodness that it's better than 2006.

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Oh yeah, and my car died. No way to fix it. It has almost 100k mi on it (ford taurus) so it's ready to be junked. Can't buy another one though. :
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Kleine Hexe - Could you still have your mom over for Christmas too? She will be alone on Christmas if your dad is working.

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Thought I'd share a pic of my tree. It's artificial and this will be the last yr that I use it. I've used it for 3 yrs but it's really making my allergies go nuts.
It's interesting, the lights look so big in the pic but they are the regular mini lights.
My mom actually complimented me on my tree. She NEVER compliments me so I was surprised. She said that I have the best decorated tree that she has ever seen in someone's private home. (She works as a nanny and some of them even had professionals come in to decorate their trees!).
It's really funny because this year, I did nothing special to my tree. I wasn't into it at all. I decorated quick as can be. LOL
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oy!

i've been MIA, been depressed, then sick, then insanely busy.
I just have found it impossible to get into a "holiday" mood. I just dont care, period. I am dreading going to family gatherings. I just dont give a damn.

My whole family came down with a 72 hour stomach flu. NO fun.

I havent caught up with the thread yet, but I hope to in the next couple days.

Hope every one had and is having a wonderful yule tide!

Amanda
Hope everyone is feeling a bit better now. I had a bit of the holiday blah's too... Made it a bit difficult to enjoy it but I think it turned out really nice for us, hopefully the same happened for you.

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Oh yeah, and my car died. No way to fix it. It has almost 100k mi on it (ford taurus) so it's ready to be junked. Can't buy another one though. :
Geez tis the season OTJ... our car died too and it sucks, but I'm GRATEFUL that it was our beater of a second car and not the newer car that dh drives to work! I'll be persevering without it, one less cost for us to worry about (it was an 88 so a bit of a money pit, I joked that it has leprosy... leaving bits whereever it goes ) Trying to look on the positive, I'll get more exercise (will have to walk my little guy to school now), better for the environment (its a 6cylinder car, old at that, and only got driven on lots of short trips , and it'll get us out into our community more often!

Our Christmas day is over thank Goddess We had my bil & sil over from xmas eve at lunch time, till this afternoon at about 5pm. We had a lovely lovely time despite the hecticness of having that many people in our house. Sil is really trying to grow up it seems (I used to only be able to deal with her in very very small doses lol) and the kids were ALL wonderful together. It was really quite magical to go thru all the traditional things with the kids with all of them here... read the night before christmas (cool pop up book), left goodies for santa & reindeer (did ya know Santa is traditionally left a beer with his midnight snack here in australia? LMAO) walked up our street to see the excellent light displays. Then the grown ups retired to the patio to drink far too much wine & champagne, eat way way too many prawns LOL and play cluedo (I won it was Mrs white, in the library with the knife hehe) and bs the night away... It was about 1130pm before we even started playing santa lol : Went to bed at 2am, up at 5with the first kid.. but still had a great day. Hope everyone else is having a great holiday with family & friends!

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I'll be persevering without it, one less cost for us to worry about ...Trying to look on the positive, I'll get more exercise (will have to walk my little guy to school now)
Unfortunately, I don't have a husband who has another car. Where can I find one of those? heh heh.
Everything is too far to walk to. Ds's school is definitely too far (it's the only public preschool for his age in my area). Grocery stores are too far. Docs are too far. And, on top of all that, there isn't a bus service in the town I live in.
So, I REALLY need a car. sigh. : :

Can't wait for this day to be over. I'll be taking my tree down tomorrow.
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Wish I could clone mine for you OTJ (the husband with the car that is as all my friends think he's a definite winner. Hang tight and try not to let it drag you under...hopefully an opportunity will present itsellf and SOON at that

I'm truly over the holiday season as well, and my tree will be down within the next couple of days at the latest too. By the time christmas gets here I'm ready to be done with it Kids are napping now and DH and I are about to get stuck into the house and try to get it back to normal before it makes me crazy (er).

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sounds like several of you had holiday "celebrations" resembling ours- thank the Goddess ours is over too! Christmas Eve was the ever so obligatory night at my mom's- she has been angry with me for several weeks (long story) so knew that would be a bit tickley, plus I finally put my foot down about not going back over there on xmas morning to "open stockings' at her house (this has been a thing of hers my whole married live- we have to be there for breakfast and stockings, before we go see DH's folks, so it leaves us with no time to do with just our kids and selves...I decided since she was already hacked off at me anyway, this was the year to just say no ) Then of course, Christmas Eve service- this year at my brother and SIL's church- DH is very very recently exploring Paganism, and he was hilarious- commenting on everything that was stolen by the church from Pagan practices, so we actually had ourselves some fun with that Lots and lots of snippy comments from my mom later, we got the kids home at a semi-decent hour, and Xmas Day was just a comedy of errors, but it's over

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Moring, mamas. <happy sigh> We had a lovely holiday- starting with a nice Solstice(it wasn't raining so we could take a walk) and continuing on through a mellow and good tempered xmas. No whining- not even from the grown ups! We are all recovering from various ick, so we took it easy. My mil made a really wonderful dinner for xmas eve. I'm in no hurry to take down decorations- I'll wait until Jan.

I'm feeling very thankful and that includes my spiritual life too. It has been a big year for me. Everyday is a gift.

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Heyla mamas all!

So...we hosted my DH's family for the holidays this year and all I can say is never, ever, EVER again. Never!

My MIL is a sweet older woman who really does try to understand AP philosophies and while she comes from a very different background herself, she DOES try. My SIL and her family however...sigh. I just made it through three days of snide comments about our house, our lack of income and financial "success", our strange and probably dangerous "beliefs" (like, oh, cosleeping and nursing 21mo dd and not using cio and not allowing "battery" toys and homeschooling and all that). SIL and I come from such different places it's hard to find any common ground for polite conversation and when we added the holidays into the mix...yoicks! And she brought her dog (we have cats) and then was shocked that the animals didn't get along (her dog chewed through the leather edge of our one and only "real" piece of furniture, she didn't apologize, just claimed he must have been stressed by the cats...you really should have put them in the basement or something).

I actually wound up in tears on Christmas eve when they put out the gifts they had brought. My living room was swimming in packages...seriously more gifts than I've ever seen in one place. It's been a tight year and DH and I each gave each other just one gift while DD got two gifts...a wonderful wooden train engine (just an engine) and a wooden "poppy bead" toy made by a local craftsman (a barrel of wooden slats filled with wooden beads that you push with a stick so the beads roll around and pop? I don't know the real name for these toys). And what did MIL bring for dd? A plastic fisher price train set with tracks and buildings and all that stuff AND a plastic ToysRUs poppy bead toy. Most of the other stuff was over the top (a ralph lauren sweater for a toddler?) but those two...I was crushed.

I bawled my eyes out to DH that night and what we wound up doing was opening our gifts with dd first thing in the morning while still in bed and then doing the other gifts after brunch when the rest of the family arrived from their hotel. So at least I got a few hours of dd playing happily with the toys we picked out before she was inundated with the brightly colored mountain of consumer goods. At least I was able to keep her away from the pile of Bratz dolls her cousin got (Bratz dolls and "matching outfit for you"...like a pair of baby blue hot pants and a tight crop top that says "Juicy" on it. Not exactly my idea of appropriate for a 12 yo. Expecially since they all came from her soon to be step-father.)

SIL gave her a little toy stroller which made me cringe a bit, but dd loves it...so I guess the stroller stays and everything else will go to next year's MIN thread. So there is a bright side! It was just hard to find that bright side while holding a growling dog away from dd with one hand and smiling politely.

So...from now on we celebrate Solstice as a family and avoid the extended family like the plague on Christmas.

But it might snow tonight, and DD really did have a wonderful time, and the sun is coming back and there is so much to be thankful for...I know we are truly blessed by the gods!

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