Friday, December 02, 2005


I want this written down in a ledger somewhere; I want credit for it.

I have proof that I do not suck as a mother:

Today, I went shopping and bought packages of socks for both kids.

I resisted the urge and did not wrap them up for Christmas to put under the tree.

As I knew I was weakening, I will admit that I quickly opened the packages and threw every last mother lovin' pair in the washer, but that is beside the point.

My kids may be able to say a lot of things against me but getting socks and underwear for Christmas will not be one of them.

So far.

Note: Actually, I probably would have done so but Charles put it in our marriage vows that no future offspring were to receive underwear for a present. Maybe I am not as good as I try to proclaim.

The fact that I am re-wrapping some things that Sara got last year and didn't un-box won't count against me, right? Because if it does, that little carnival playset that she is seen opening in the '04 Christmas video is just an illusion. Really. She got it this year, not last.

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Blogger The Lioness said...

If I ever have children I absolutely know I will be just like you! That is comforting.

Humour, brains, beauty and parenting skills - too much!

9:16 AM  
Blogger Cagey said...

OMIGOD. That is SO Funny!

I will admit here, right now, that I briefly considered starting the whole Santa thing THIS year, even though my progeny is only 6 weeks old, just so I wouldn't have to wrap the awkwardly boxed Fisher Price Fishbowl thingie.

I wholeheartedly agree with the Lioness - humor brains, etc. hee hee

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Einstein tried, but you succeeded in proving space/time. Nice job. I have been tempted to do this with birthday and anniversary cards, but have not the guts to try.


1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Einstein tried, but you succeeded in proving space/time. Nice job. I have been tempted to do this with birthday and anniversary cards, but have not the guts to try.


1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Einstein tried, but you succeeded in proving space/time. Nice job. I have been tempted to do this with birthday and anniversary cards, but have not the guts to try.


1:10 PM  
Blogger The Lioness said...

(You Piffles know how to make a point! Can we have a4th please?)

1:17 PM  
Blogger The Lioness said...

(And it's not fair to change monikers all at once, it's like bedtime stories, what happened to "The Old" etc?)

1:18 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

oh lord. I could not get away with re-wrapping last year's gift. The children, they have loooooooooooooooooong memories. One of them would SURELY remember it and say something like "HEY! That's just like the one you got last year! Where is the old one? Let's go find it" and then I would be sunk.

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Kate W. said...

WAIT! No underwear??! But what if they are ASKING for the days of the week Princess ones?! (Ellie, not my husband)What about socks? I LOVE socks! They are good stocking stuffers! I might need a list of guidelines... either way, I'm doomed.

1:53 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Johnny- So, the question remains: How much to set aside for future therapy bills? (Them, not me. I am perfectly well adjusted.)

Cagey- Thanks. Such is my life. I don't think we did the Santa thing with Colin, but he came the week before Christmas rather than the due date of the 1st week of January or my anticipated date of the 3rd week of January. I find a large glass of wine and lots of suspension of good taste helps in the wrapping of the awkwardly shaped ones.

Dad- Looks like you launched into your own space/time thing, in triplicate. Not that I'd poke fun, unlike that person from Portugal.

Teri- Man, if I've misjudged this, I am sooooo sunk. Colin would notice if it were his gifts, of course, but about 12 of Sara's presents went on to a shelf in the bomb shelter and made their appearance every few weeks last winter when she and I really needed a new toy to play with. We have 5 left.

Kate- I think there are exceptions to the rules, but the athletic socks I got are not on the list. I will have to dig out the rules and see if there are loopholes. I did get HIM socks once, he was being really poopy about not wanting anything for Father's Day, so I gave him a box of socks.

3:00 PM  
Blogger brooksba said...

Blogger comments are acting strange. I hope this works.

You rock! I love that you are re-wrapping the presents from last year. I'm sure Sara will love them this time around. =)

As for socks, etc. It was always a staple at Christmas time in my home. I loved getting new undies and socks. I still adore the "care packages" I get for birthdays and holidays. I can honestly say I've never had to buy my own toothpaste or body wash because Mom always pulls through. This last birthday showed me how wonderful my mom is when I returned home with a gigantic package of TP and paper towels. Maybe as children age, they'll appreciate it. You can do it then.

5:24 AM  
Blogger CarpeDM said...

Good job, quickly washing the socks. Socks should never be given as gifts unless they are cute and/or have little characters on them.

I love the fact that you put gifts away for Sara. That is very wise. And you have a bomb shelter? Did I know this? And why do I have this image of the bomb shelter from Blast from the Past? I'm sure yours doesn't have Christopher Walken living in it, right?

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Personal" for Lioness:

RE: Triplicate. FYI Piffles Comments irratated me and I had a bit of pique.

RE: "The Old..." Sometimes one feels a bit different day to day. (And on a good day I still can outrun the PiffleHead.)

I taught with a Portugese woman for several years and enjoyed our friendship immensly. If you would like, have Diana send me your email and I will get you intouch with her. She visits her family there every summer.

The Old RFer

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Colleen said...

Kate needs to add "I love socks" to her list of wierd things about herself on her blog. Socks are definitely not cool for Christmas! If they're cool or have cute characters like carpedm suggested, then MAYBE, as a last resort, just to ensure a full stocking! Growing up we always got toothbrushes in our stockings. And there weren't even cool character ones like they have today. It was like, yeah, I got blue, my favorite color! When the stockings stopped being filled, my brothers and sister and myself would ask, "But wait, where's my new toothbrush??" My husband's family continues the stocking tradition even now, usually the toiletries and candy route. I love that you're recycling Sara's toys! Kids have so many toys these days (mine included!), you're justified in taking advantage of it. Just don't bring out the old pics and video footage from last year or you're sure to be doomed!

10:20 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Beth- You know, I never minded getting such things, either, but Charles has issues, you see. Only toy-type things for Christmas and birthdays. Man does give good gifts, I must say.

Dana- The bomb shelter is an odd room off the basement, about 20'x5', completely encased in concrete (bare concrete walls and floors. We use it for storage and have blankets and flashlights and stuff, just in case we get hit by a tornado or a meteor or Christopher Walken. (Kidding. I like Walken. He is quirky. Loved "Blast From the Past".) It also serves as the pantry and wine cellar. Good room, that.

Colleen- Thanks for the vote of confidence. I agree. Waaaay too much stuff, especially our kids with the 3 sets of doting grandparents and us. I came from a family where Christmas was when you pulled out all the stops from our usually frugal upbringing. The day of utter splurge. I continued my families stocking tradition straight through: small presents, fruit, candy all in a specific order. Charles resists, so my stocking is not strictly per protocol, but the kids' are, with an orange in the toe and a banana out the top.

10:34 AM  

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