Spreading the Holiday Cheer, the Cheap Way
No, I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth. Although I feel like I have. Due to crazy work schedules and business traveling, I’ve been out of the loop most of the week on all my bloggy friends lives, so now I’m playing catch up. I know I am the center of everyone’s universe and you were all just wondering what happened to me, so I will tell you that I have been out of town all week on business with no laptop and limited availability for cruising the blogs. Seems everyone’s been keeping busy with spreading holiday cheer with auctions, and I have to say from my selfish, spoiled rotten heart that I wish I could be so philanthropic and altruistic. That is a really great cause, but I must choose wisely this year with regard to where my money goes. I have one charity that we try to donate to and that is Mary’s Fund, which helps my awesome, ol’ friend, Jim and his cause help other unfortunate children with disabilities get the care they need. Kudos to my friend, Jim, who has made the lemons dealt to him with the birth of his daughter, Mary, into sweet-tasting lemonade. Thanks to the persistence of him and his wife, their daughter is truly getting what she needs the most: love and care. Please visit their site.
But alas, I am a money-grubbing, cold-hearted bitch this season, so my wallet is remaining closed beyond my measly contribution to Mary’s Fund. Which leads me to today’s guilt confession: I am not buying all the nieces and nephews Christmas gifts this year. Instead, I’m using the “i’m-too-cheap-to-buy-you-something-special–this-year-so-I-made-this-pretty-ornament-for-you-instead” tactic. We have 11 nieces and nephews. And give or take 20 bucks for each of them, even though I’m not good at math, I can calculate that it comes out to 220 bucks. So I’m taking a couple of vacation days the weekend before Christmas for the said crafty project, we well as baking my guilt away. But really, when I think about it, can I really compete with an X-Box 360? All of my in-laws and brothers (with the exception of one) are pretty well off financially, so what’s a $20 gift card from Aunt Kate and Uncle Dave going to do for them? Don’t get me wrong, they are all great kids, but none of them need A THING. Not even my kids need anything, really. I (since Dave quit his job 2 months ago to take care of the kids full-time) don’t make a TON of money, because frankly with the raise I got this year with my new job, I have my eyes on trying to purchase a house for my family. We currently rent a 2 bedroom townhouse, and that just ain’t gonna cut the mustard anymore once Andrew is old enough for a his own “big-boy” bed. So, call me scrooge, but ornaments and chocolate chip cookies will most likely be tied with a big red bow this year with the words, “Merry Christmas, Love Kate, Dave, CJ and Andrew.”
Update from last post: Andrew is now moving around the floor on his tush. I have never in my life seen a baby move around like this! Actually, kind of ingenius, I think (he is my baby, you know). He is somehow able to get from one side of the room to the other with kind of a weeble-wobble motion, as we can no longer leave him out of our sight. Still no crawling, so I wonder if he will just go right into walking. Thanks to everyone for the encouraging words.