rings and swings (mood, that is)

EDIT: Tonia just asked me about Livi’s party on Friday–that’s the other thing I meant to mention. It was wonderful. I’m so glad I went, because I was the only parent there! It was just a calm, quiet little celebration–for Hannukah, Los Posados, and Christmas. They made little treats and listened to stories and had a pinata. I got to meet all her little classmates–they were so sweet. And Amare is absolutely adorable. I loved Livi’s teacher already–and now I love Amare and Tuyen and Darius and Hiduyfa and Christian and Cameron and Kamiko and that’s all I can remember.

Ha–funny that my friend Courtney should e-mail me a little joke entitled “Mood Swings” tonight. As I drove home from Target at 10:30 pm from one of my most fruitless and futile Christmas shopping trips ever, I was thinking what an incredibly moody person I am. Not moody as in negative and pessimistic all the time, but moody as in all kinds of moods all different times all over the place. I can be the life of the party (uh, when was the last time I went to a party??) when I’m in a good mood or…well, not very nice when I’m in a bad mood. Then there are my down moods. And weird moods. And mad moods. And crazy moods.

So, I was feeling kind of down tonight even though I had a wonderful day with my mom, my three sisters (one by marriage), my brother, my daughters, my niece, and my two nephews. Nina got up six times last night (and five the night before), so the 90-minute drive (both ways) about did me in, but God had angels on either side of my van and one holding my eyelids open. 🙂 Anyway, we iced and sprinkled sugar cookies and ate pizza and had a blast. Have you ever tried to get a 2-year-old boy to decorate Christmas cookies? Ha! What a riot, that little Ethan. Just when we thought he understood, “Don’t eat any more, just decorate them,” he’d shove another one in his mouth. And Anna with her huge mounds of sprinkles and redhots in the center of each cookie. It was so much fun.

Oh–and I got a surprise in the mail today. A lovely travel coffee mug from Harvest House for Christmas–and MY BOOK! It came two weeks early. And while my capital letters and exclamation point suggest that I’m thrilled about it, for some odd reason, I’m not. I’m pretty sure it’s Satan, because I’m hearing little voices whispering sweet “you’re nothing”s in my ear. 🙂 No, it’s really okay. The same thing happened when Blushing came out. I freaked out for a bit, and then I was fine. (for those of you who ordered copies, I only have one at the moment, but more should be on the way shortly–thanks!)

The girls got some new games at our Christmas with Gabe’s Dad’s family yesterday–I’ve been playing Ants in the Pants, Don’t Spill the Beans, Go Fish, and Old Maid (or Old Maybe, as Ava calls it, and which also happens to be what she calls Old Navy).

Oh, and Kelly, (my dear cousin who lives in Miami) Gabe’s mom found LHOTP Season 2 at Sam’s Club (thanks, Janelle!), so DON’T buy it for my girls. Did I already mention that my cousin Kelly found out that I spent some b-day $ on Anne of Green Gables on DVD, but Anne of Avonlea was twice as much, so I decided to wait on that one. Two days later, it shows up at my door. Little stinker. And 2 weeks later, I still haven’t gotten the first one from Amazon! (and I will never watch/buy The Continuing Story–as Kelly says, “The continuing story is dead to me.”) Kelly’s sister Kyla is the one who writes a thank-you note to the girls for the $15 outfit we bought her baby boy at Old Navy and sticks a $30 Target gift card for them in it. What?!?! I love those girls!

Oh, you wanna hear Courtney’s joke? My husband, being unhappy with my mood swings, bought me a mood ring the other day so he would be able to monitor my moods. We’ve discovered that when I’m in a good mood, it turns green. When I’m in a bad mood, it leaves a big stinking red mark on his forehead. Maybe next time he’ll buy me a diamond.

If you’re still reading this, you’re a more patient woman than me. (unless you’re not a woman…) I had more to say, but goodness knows, I’ve said enough for one night. Merry Christmas, and God Bless You, Everyone!

16 thoughts on “rings and swings (mood, that is)

  1. bekisue

    I love the joke. Too cute. I also read the entire post. Pretty cool. I don’t read much, but I can’t quit reading your stuff. You are an amazing writer.

  2. jbnygaard

    Love the joke! And I’m so excited to get your book! (when you get it!)

    Is your month of January busy? I’d love to come by again with the boys to see you and the girls. Hearing all your stories about them makes me want to be with you all again! 🙂 They crack me up!

  3. SuperGirlAmelia

    This time of year adds to the moodiness. That’s why I’m boycotting the mall, and Target, and the dollar store, and anywhere else that crazy people might be. I’m only going to JoAnns because they have art supplies and a really big parking lot that’s easy to get in and out of. Planners of shopping centers down here are stupid (see, my moodiness!) Staying home and baking cookies is much more fun.

  4. kellyleelizabeth

    Some time ago I made a list of the top 10 reasons I can never marry (I’ll blame it on hormones for lack of a better explanation), and showed it to my mom. Her response? “I don’t think these are your problems. It’s your moodiness you should worry about.” Thanks, mom. I think it runs in our family. But I’d take us with our moods over an emotionally stable family any day of the week! 🙂

  5. faithchick

    thank you for being moody, too. misery loves company. 😉
    there’s no one running my roller coaster anymore, and the ups and downs are getting out of control!

    i’m excited to read the book. i never ordered one…but i will…once january rolls around.

    wow…what a very diverse class she has. how fun!!!

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