Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Sparkle of Happiness Amidst the Winter Blues

I believe I'm suffering from the winter blues.  And so are my kids.  I'm moody. So are they. (What else is new?  I've come to the conclusion that all children under the age of 5 suffer from some sort of mood disorder).

We haven't seen sunshine in years, it's rainy, cold and miserable so going out of doors is not an option.

We live in Canada...and it's December!  Where's the snow??!!

To boost my spirits I've been on a Christmas crafts kick.

That's right, me, the uncrafty Mutha of all Mutha's.

Basically I'm forcing my kids to do all the crafting for me.

To keep them busy...and to give myself a break.

Who am I kidding?

This is what happens:  I cover the kitchen table with a massive black plastic table cloth, put all the paints out in old (clean!) plastic applesauce containers (good tip) and then I hand over the popsicle sticks and paper.

"Here, paint away!  No, paint this here. Paint it green.  No, that's purple.  Here, hold the brush like this.  No, like this.  Mmmm.  No, not like that....good try though!".........................................

.................."Okay, just give it to Mommy...I'll do it."....................

They've been humouring me.

They've also been driving me bananas.  Fighting, bickering, crying, whining.  From morning, to noon, to night.

It's the Christmas season...don't they know that?  Everyone's supposed to be jolly and good.

I've tried explaining this to them...even threatening my eldest that Santa will leave lumps of coal in his stocking if he doesn't stop torturing his little brother and start listening to me.  It works.

Sometimes.

Except when he says "I love coal!"

My youngest (who may look angelic, but gives as good as he gets from Adrian) does not grasp this concept at all.

Gah!

On the days that seem to go on and on.  And on.

....and on....

There's nothing that makes me happier than a bottle of wine chocolate.

So that's why I decided to pour myself a big glass make some brownies.

With my kids.

Oh the joy! We all know how I feel about baking with my boys.

But actually...it was pretty adorable.

And I've got proof.

I did not put those hats on them.  That was all on their own.

They also did not try and eat the brownie batter.  

Okay.  So he was simply just tasting for quality control purposes.

Oh dear.  Busted.

Fin, "Have some more!....Just kidding!"

Again...just making sure it's edible.

I think we passed.

Yep.  We're good to go.
**Note to my Cookie Swap pals...I promise this is not how I will be baking your cookies.

                                                                  Things I Can't Say

4 comments:

Shell said...

Oh, they are so cute!

This "jolly" time of year is also stressful and depressing.

That big glass helps sometimes!

Where is the ME in Mommy? said...

{{HUGS}}

I'm having a blue holiday season as well ... the fighting--oh the fighting is enough to drive me mad. So like you I break out the craft stuff, like glitter. Then I remember that glitter is the herpes of crafting supplies and I'll be cleaning it off the floor, the table, the kids, my spoons, the neighbor's dog ... until the end of time.

So I throw the craft stuff into the craft closet, grab the kids and a bag of popcorn and read Christmas books under the tree. And sometimes it's the small things that give me great joy.

Helene said...

OMG, could they be any cuter??? From now on, when they begin to stress you out, go back and look at these pictures. It's what I do when I'm having rough moments to remind me that these moments are only temporary and soon enough they won't want to be doing crafts with us or baking cookies.

Today, my 7-year old son pleaded with me to wait with him at school until his teacher opened the door and all I could think about was getting home to a cup of tea and peace and quiet. But then I reminded myself that it won't be too long until he wants me to let him off at the "kiss and go lane" when he won't want to be seen anywhere near me at school.

Sigh....

Hang in there!

Sara said...

Too cute! I love the Santa hats! I feel you, this cold weather is bringing me down and driving me crazy!