Spin Cycle: Holiday Newsletter

December 5, 2008 7:00 am

This week’s Spin Cycle topic is to write a holiday newsletter. Now normally, I would have had my spin spun days ago but this one was a toughie for me. We’re still in the midst of ear infections an plague and I feared that my dreary self would be too worn down and defeated to put out a positive spin. I feared it would sound something like: Save me, I want out. Please stop the children from screaming all night so I can get some sleep. In fact, you can HAVE the children The end. I’ve gotten a full night’s rest the last two nights so I’m recharged enough to write this. Here goes!
It’s the holiday season again and I thought I’d share the events of the year. Obviously, I don’t like you all that well or you would have already heard all about my year but I’m obligated to send out a yearly update so here it is:

The year started off with a bang. Actually, it was really just the fireworks that my neighbor lit off in the middle of the cul-de-sac, waking up Graham. We didn’t mind though, our neighbor gets commercial grade fireworks from work and always puts on a good show. The show was over by 9 and we were passed out on the couch by 9:30 so we missed ringing in the new year all together.

In January, I was six months pregnant with Elliot and the size of a narwhal. I wasn’t sleeping all too well and thankfully, someone broke into our truck in the middle of the night. This was helpful since it ensured that my paranoid self would never sleep again.

February and March flew right by. Actually, time stood still but my size increased exponentially. I was still working but finding it increasingly hard to waddle from building to building and crawl under desks to fix and install computers. The fact that I had high school kids watching my beached whale self get stuck under more than one desk was also not helpful. Graham, Jamie and I enjoyed our last few months as a family of three as we made preparations to meet Elliot.

In April, I got stuck in a restaurant booth. There is no punch line here, I was physically stuck and Jamie had to pull me free. A few days later, Elliot arrived in the world. This little girl turned my fear of “how will I ever love another child as much as I love Graham” into a falsehood. I instantly fell in love.

We quickly discovered that everything we thought we knew about parenting had to be thrown out the window because we had a new problem on our hands: sibling rivalry. This was a common theme in our house for months to come. In fact, it’s still on the forefront.

May was spent getting acquainted with our new family and shuffling Graham back and forth to daily swim lessons. He was dunked and thrown in and all sorts of mean things but the good news is that the kid will be able to save himself should he ever fall in the pool. He also loves just chillin poolside!

I worked from home for the reminder of the school year but then took a leave of absence to try my hand as a stay at home mom. Mostly, the days were spent playing referee since Graham made it his life’s mission to throw every single toy he owns at Elliot’s head. Thankfully, only a few made contact and no permanent harm was done.

June and July whizzed by without incident. Elliot settled into our family nicely and we spent our days going to Gymboree and playing around the house. We were finally sleeping and eating well. There was a lot of cute baby on the menu…


Also on the menu were cheese-filled days where we hung around and acted goofy!

August rolled around and Graham attended his first day of school! He goes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-12 and absolutely LOVES it. The one part he doesn’t love is the sick little germ-spreading bastards he’s come across. The poor kid has contracted every sickness known to man since starting school. His favorite thing yet was the six week long ear infection that turned in into a screaming, angry mess. I had no idea that the Incredible Hulk came in toddler form until that ear infection hit but it does. Another thing about August? I started a blog. Yup, I write my innermost thoughts on paper (actually, a keyboard) and share them with the world. I’m not planning on showing you the blog, so don’t even bother asking.

Not one single exciting thing happened in September. Really, we kept on keeping on the entire month, Graham was still ear-infected and Elliot was growing. That’s it. I ran into someone from work who asked me what I had been up to and all I had to tell her was changing diapers, Gymboree and the occasional trip to the grocery store. It was then I realized that I need more drama in my life. Oh wait, Elliot started crawling in September. This fact, by itself, is a happy milestone. In our house, it created a shitload of drama that we’re still reeling from. Elliot gained the ability to both crawl to toys and crawl after her brother. Both of which don’t go over well with Graham and he started Meltdown Mania 08.

October was spent wearing orange and looking ridiculous. The kids managed to pull it off but Jamie and I sure didn’t. We tried to feed Graham a Snickers bar and he promptly spit it out. That was the final nail in the coffin for us, we realized he’s not our son and he was switched at birth. Oh, and we had a fun photoshoot with all of the cousins. By fun, I mean impossible to get four kids to look at the camera but we took 3000 pictures until we came close.

I feel like I should stop writing about the time that followed Halloween since it’s not pretty. Both Elliot and Graham contracted terrible colds following Halloween. Those colds led to ear infections. The ear infections led to several weeks of hell, a hell so bad that we’re still living it. The four of us have passed the same cold back and forth for the last month and a half and I just don’t see an end in sight. Meltdown Mania 08 is still in full swing and increasing every day!

We’reΒ  now headed straight towards the holidays. Graham will be celebrating his THIRD Christmas (he was five days old for his first) and is now old enough to show excitement when he opens his presents. I’m sure the excitement will be more over the wrapping paper than the gift itself but I’ll be happy just to see a smile on the kid’s face. In fact, I think I’ll just rewrap some of his existing toys since it’s all about the paper! This is probably the last year I could get away with it so I’ll think long and hard before making a decision.

So now you have a recap of our year. Nothing too exciting (except a BIRTH for God’s sake!). We’re surviving here, loving our family time and wishing for bed time. I wish you and yours Happy Holidays!

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  1. Michele


    Busy times with 2 little ones in the house. Hopefully meltdown mania08 will end with the New Year. Merry Christmas. Happy Birthday Graham.

    Micheles last blog post..Blogging Book

  2. carrie


    carries last blog post..Sidewalk Snow Angel

  3. carrie

    OK, now that that is out of the way……
    You are going out with a bang!!!
    Fun how that from August on, I feel it was a recap. Stalker???? Yep!

  4. Sprite's Keeper

    Take some vitamins, for goodness sake! I hope you all feel better soon. Great SPin! You’re Linked!

    Sprite’s Keepers last blog post..Mechanical Arm

  5. DeeMarie

    Why is it that when I read about the 6-week long ear infection that caused screaming, I immediately assumed it was you who was screaming. My bad.
    Great Spin. It’s been great to get to know you these past few months… Can’t wait to see what happens in 2009!!!

    Oh, and I’m 4th… Top 5!!

    DeeMaries last blog post..Blogging Now, Meeting Later???

  6. jenni

    I have a love/hate relationship with the Christmas letter in general. But yours was awesome.

    jennis last blog post..The Perfect Gift for Any Mom-to-Be

  7. Christy

    I love the way you started that off! Okay, you really, truly got stuck in the restaurant booth? Seriously? B/c that same ECACT thing happened to me once–no joke! Only, I wasn’t pregnant (ba-dum-bum.) Okay, I was and I looked like I was having quads!

    Your pics are so freakin’ CUTE!

  8. Beth

    Now stop it…off to go learn what a narwhal is anyway. Sounds very exotic. And I love the elephant costume!

    Beths last blog post..You Say HASAY, I Say Time Out

  9. Debbie

    How can anyone top a BIRTH?

    My mom calls a cul-de-sac a culley sack. *snort*

    Debbies last blog post..The Dreaded Holiday Newsletter

  10. Cape Cod Gal

    I’m still working on mine! It was a loooooong year! By the way, have I ever told you that your kids are adorable? ‘Cuz damn Girl! You make good babies.

    Cape Cod Gals last blog post..A Trip to Brazil by Way of Germany

  11. mrsbear

    You did a nice job with the letter. I didn’t even feel up to trying. I can’t believe you were crawling under school desks at six months pregnant for a high school audience. Sounds hilarious, not for you of course but for us bloggy readers. Max loved all the photos you posted, he kept wanting me to back up so he could see Graham in a cookie nono costume. And the pumpkin in the Elliot pic = Halloween for him, so now I’m going to have to take him trick or treating. Thanks. πŸ˜‰

    mrsbears last blog post..What Do You Mean Fifth Disease?

  12. Heather

    I love your spin on the Holiday letter! I could totally hear your sarcasm in it!

    Heathers last blog post..GAG me with a spoon!!!

  13. Keely

    hehe…Hopefully 2009 will be scream-free and your little siblings will be the best of friends.

    Or not, because peace doesn’t make for good blogging really.

    Keelys last blog post..Spin Cycle:Christmas Newsletter

  14. Katie

    Getting stuck in a booth. Good times, lol!
    At least it was worth it, Elliot is adorable.
    Hope you guys feel better soon. We are living in the house of snot, but thankfully, no ear infections…(knocking on wood!)

    By the way, good job hacking into the blogger loophole. I love the effort! haha πŸ™‚
    Katies last blog post..Oh the Things you can Buy on Ebay These Days

  15. blissfully caffeinated

    I hope the meltdown comes to a close and that your family has wonderful holidays!

    blissfully caffeinateds last blog post..Vot? Tom Cruise Does Not Need German Accent To Make Good Acting

  16. Krystal

    Yhere is an april birthday at the Half as Good house too!! YAY!!!

    Sounds like an awesome year thus far (minus the snot and the ear infections)

    Feel better!!

    Krystals last blog post..Spin Cycle Friday: Holiday Newsletter

  17. HeatherPride

    Nothing, and I mean NOTHING will make your family sicker than when your kid starts preschool. Dear God, I thought we were all going to die the year that Logan started. Ugh.

    That Elliot is some kind of whiz kid! Claire is still not crawling. I know she was early and all, but ye gads. She just learned to sit up a few weeks ago!

    HeatherPrides last blog post..HP’s Series of Unfortunate Events

  18. cyndi

    Hope the snots retreat, glad to see your Funny again – Happiest 2009! Can’t wait to read about your blog birth – enjoy your blog-free weekend πŸ™‚

    cyndis last blog post..Yule (B)log – Spin Cycle

  19. Anndi

    Going on a month of sick here, I feel your pain.

    There comes a point during a pregnancy when our bellies are like a cat’s whiskers and it becomes the measuring stick for where we can and can’t go. I remember those days.

  20. Sammanthia

    Great spin and I can sympathize with the many ear infections… G had them until he was a year and a half. I still have nightmares.

    Sammanthias last blog post..Couch-1 Gage-0

  21. The Stiletto Mom

    If that pool is in your backyard, I think we should move our little get together to your house. πŸ™‚

    hee hee

    The Stiletto Moms last blog post..Spambot Love

  22. Lydia @ On The Verge

    I love all the pictures. I hope everyone is feeling better soon.

    Lydia @ On The Verges last blog post..The True Meaning of Christmas

  23. Jim

    But did you get the cool narwhal horn? That would have been well worth the size increase. You need to carry squeaky toys like when we get our dog’s picture taken. It works on our son too.

    Jims last blog post..memed and an award

  24. debateur

    Oh yes. I definately remember the joys of school bugs. Fortunately things should be better for you next year.

    debateurs last blog post..Posts from Dec 7-Dec 12

  25. Zip n Tizzy

    Sorry you guys can’t get past the cold/ infection… it really sucks to be passing it all around. I remember those days. We still get sick, but it does get better as they get older.

    Sick or not they’re awfully cute!

  26. Toni

    Wow what a year! The truck breaking in would scare me as well! Love the pictures!

    Hope the party went great – can’t wait to hear!

    Tonis last blog post..Hunter is turning 2!!!

  27. jen

    why didn’t i think of adding pictures to my x-mas letter spin??
    oh yeah. ’cause i completely COMPLAINED THE ENTIRE WAY THROUGH IT.
    now that i’m done yelling.
    there is no topping a birth.

    jens last blog post..why.

  28. anymommy

    Awesome. Just caught up on your whole year in one post. Maybe I will do a holiday letter! And, don’t feel bad about cutting back on your commenting when you have to, as you can tell, I get so far behind, my reader makes me want to cry sometimes.

    anymommys last blog post..Too Much Information

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