Because we feel we've been pretty darn good this year, we feel rather strongly that we should get some good stuff this year. The Mommies, Esquire got together and talked about what we really want for Christmas and discovered that not everything can be easily gotten and stuck under the tree. Nevertheless, here's our list we sent to the Big Guy in the Red Suit....
1. A nap.
Don't think I"m joking. Don't think that I could just get a nap whenever I want. I live in a house with three little boys and one really big boy. They are loud and don't care if I get sleep. Sleep is not important to them. I think I'm the only one in my family (other than the 3 year old...and that is coming to an end, I fear) who requires more than 6 hours of sleep a night. I ask for this for my birthday, Mother's Day, Easter, 4th of July....you name a holiday and I'm asking for a nap. I don't mean a cat nap. And I don't mean a nap after church because that usually entails my husband deciding to take a nap, too. And that means that I have to share the bed with him...which I don't mind....but, a girl needs some recouperative sleep from time to time. I mean the kind of nap where no one is at home. I am free to lie down in my bed. All. By. Myself. And. Sleep. Yes, that would be lovely. ((sigh))
2. A pair of "non-Mom" jeans.
I would love to find a pair of jeans that fit above the waist to hide muffin-top, but something that doesn't look like "Mom Jeans." It is totally impossible to find. Seriously. After three c-sections, I would like to find jeans that don't ride down my butt....'cause Momma lost her backside years ago. Lordy. Lordy. Lordy. If anyone finds these "miracle jeans"...let me know. 'Cause I plan to buy a pair in every shade.
3. A live in nanny/housekeeper.
Oh, heck. I need a wife. Just make her ugly 'cause I've heard too many horror stories about the cute nanny who later takes over other "duties." Ever saw that movie, "Hand that Rocks the Cradle?" 'Nuff said.
4. Oil paintings of my children.
Sound really retro? Well, that's me. It's a dream of mine to have oils done of the boys. I would love this. Santa, do you hear me? However, I think this would require my children to pose...sit still...etc. Uh, maybe not?
5. A cure for cancer.
Cancer is of the devil. I hate cancer. I think that it sucks. It is number one on my list. However, I know that it's not something that Santa can put under the tree. It is a prayer of mine that God will see that the end to cancer is in sight. It's a prayer I make daily along with praying that I will be disease and cancer free...and that God will heal a family member and make her cancer-free. I hate it. I really do.
Julie's list ~
1. Home Alone 5
The Georgia sequel. I would love to be left completely alone, in my own house, for more than an hour. I would take a nap. A long, leisurely bath. I'd watch something other than Ben 10, football, Little Einsteins or Strawberry Shortcake. For dinner I would make a thin crust spinach and feta pizza and have a glass of chardonnay. I would curl up in front of the fire and read one of the 35 books that have been stacked at my bedside for a year. I'd go to sleep at 9 and sleep until I wake up on my own. Then I'd go for a run. Or a bike ride. Or a leisurely walk. And then I'd be missing that part of my heart that aches when I'm away from them for more than 24 hours. But I'd sure enjoy it up until that point!
2. A Kitchen Aid Mixer
Ok so this is much more realistic than wish #1. I love to bake, and cook, and I do it all from scratch. And I'm still using the same little hand mixer we got as a wedding gift 14 years ago. And one of the beaters falls off every time I'm in the middle of something, so I have to reach into the batter or dough and fish it out and try to reattach it. Ick. Santa, please.
3. Scrapbook Elves
I wish some little elves would come along and organize all of my photos from the past seven years and put them in scrapbooks. I have all the supplies. And all the photos. I just don't have the time. No, I take it back. I had the time to do my oldest child's scrapbook. I started on the middle child's but I don't think I've even taken any pictures of the last child. Maybe I'll just start now saving for his therapy.
4. A Kindle.
I can't believe I actually want this. I love, love, LOVE my books. I love the feel of a book....the smell....I love flipping over a few pages because I'm so anxious to find out what happens. When I was in law school, electronic research was just taking off but I rebelled as long as possible because I loved to sit in the law library with stacks of case books spread around me. I really do hate technology sometimes. I hate it....but I love it. Because it does make life easier and more convenient. And the thought that I could have all my beloved books on one little gadget that could stay tucked away in my purse and brought out at any time I find myself with a spare moment to myself (hahahaha....as if).....well, that's somewhat appealing to this busy Mama.
5. A Personal Assistant
I think I want Kim's ugly wif'e's ugly sister. Would that make us in-laws?
Merry Christmas, y'all!