Where Have We Been?!

Alright Lovelies, you may or may not have noticed, but I took a wicked hiatus from blogging.
For a long time.
Or you could call it "writers block".

BUT, the important thing, is that I'm working my butt off trying to get back into the swing of things.

Because I DON'T already have enough on my plate this month!

First:  you maybe want to know what's been going on with me and the fam?

Dude started Pre-School back in September, and he loves school with a passion!  It's two full days a week for him and he has been learning so much that I'm surprised every day!  The other day, my almost 5 year old told me what a hexagon and an octagon are.  Crazy.  And yup, his birthday is in a few days, so I'm kind of freaking out that my baby will be 5! Lets not talk about the fact that he's gone through a major growth spurt recently and he's so tall he's almost up to my chest!

Princess, who will be turning 3 (!!!) at the end of the month, is now ridiculously contrary, a picky eater, the sweetest thing imaginable, and also loves school!  Because she of course comes with me when I drop off and pick up Dude at school, so she gets to experience some of the classroom and the playground.  I've been trying to get Hubs to be ok with sending Princess to a type of school program through Community Concepts, but he thinks that she should wait until she's a little bit older.  I, however, am going to keep working at it, because I continuously see how much Princess loves "school"!

For Hubs and I?  Oh well, that's a whole bunch of crazy right there.  I recently started working again, two nights a week, Deer Hunting Season just started so Hubs is out an about a lot.  Last Spring, Hubs and I had applied for a Home Loan to buy the house that we are currently renting, but we got denied.  Which sucked at the time, but things have turned around drastically!  We acquired a piece of land, and are planning on building our own house next Spring! 

Aside from all of that, there is a million other things that are going on around here.  Between planning for birthdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas shopping, I'm going to have tons of things to write about, including the trip that we took to California this summer to visit Hubs' parents and to take the kiddos to Disney!

I hope that all of you are having a wonderful week so far, my week is going to be jam-packed with a million things to do!  But right now, I HAVE to start getting ready for my day....which means finally getting dressed and getting the kiddos ready for school and errands! 
Look forward to lots more blog posts from me during the month!

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What Happened to Thanksgiving?

Is there anyone else out there who is tired of, and disgusted by, the fact that Thanksgiving seems to have disappeared lately? 

I'm starting to lose my mind over the fact that Thanksgiving is now basically being swept under the rug in favor of bringing out all things to do with Christmas before Halloween is even completely done with.

The other day, while in my local Walmart, the DAY before Halloween, the Lawn and Garden area was all set up for Christmas, there were Christmas decorations outside, an entire aisle in the Seasonal section was already Christmas oriented, and in the seasonal candy aisle?  Oh, there were workers putting away the Halloween candy, and putting in Christmas candy.  THE DAY BEFORE HALLOWEEN.

I am sickened by things like this.

Why does it seem like the country, as a whole, has decided to ignore the fact that there is a Holiday (and a very important one!) in between Halloween and Christmas?

Why have we decided to ignore the Holiday that is all about being THANKFUL in favor of the Holiday that most see as a time that they receive gifts?

Yes, I do know that many people are grateful and thankful during Christmas, and that these people are also all about giving to others and helping others......but in this largely consumerism based society.......nowadays it just seems like Christmas is all about the money and the gifts that are received.

The other day, while talking with my son, he wanted to know how many days there were until his birthday (which is in November).  I told him, and then he asked me how many days there were until Christmas.  I corrected him, and told him that what he needed to know, was how many days there were until THANKSGIVING

I want my kids to love this Holiday, love that they get to spend the day with family, lots of good food, the idea of amazing leftovers, and love the fact that they are able to have this opportunity in their lives!  Be grateful that they can do these things!

I don't want my kids to focus on how far away Christmas is and what they're going to be getting for presents.

I think that Thanksgiving is a wonderful Holiday!  I can always smell a turkey roasting when I think of Thanksgiving.........I can smell the cooking potatoes, taste the cheesecake that my mom would always make when I was a kid, remember what it's like to sit around the table with everyone talking at once and all of us laughing hysterically.  I remember being so happy to be there......and being grateful that I could be there.

Please everyone, I know that not all of you are "in to" Thanksgiving, and that a lot of you want to put up your Christmas decorations already....but couldn't we please, please try to make an effort, as a country, to remember that Thanksgiving comes first?

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