The Weekly Ramble

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The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004.

sick me

Did you miss me? For the first time in a long time, I was too ill to type. Imagine that. Things have been quiet here and on Facebook since I got the Flu. Ugh. I’m on day five and still not feeling quite up to par. The girls, particularly FishChick8, have started to show symptoms. I’m hoping just us females get it because Christmas week with sick boys and men doesn’t sound like much fun.

Most of the week I spent drinking hot lemonade (fresh lemon juice, hot water, and honey) and dosing myself with NyQuil at night. I shifted into low gear in terms of “work”, but amazingly we had a great week of school and some fun family nights, watching Pride & Prejudice (my go-to sick movie) and catching up on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.

I also took kids Christmas shopping. 

shopping with kids

Last year I enlisted the kids’ help for stocking stuffers. They loved purchasing junk food and trinkets for each other to stuff stockings with. I loved not having to spend more money for filler.

This year we stepped it up a notch and the kids swapped names for a big present (up to $15) for one of their siblings. Last week I took a couple boys shopping, this week I shopped A LOT, taking the others. What at first seemed highly inefficient turned out to be great bonding time with each of my littles, all on their own — with a Starbucks thrown in for good measure. Ahem.

nativity paper

While we were out, I decided to see if Jules was right in saying that nativity wrapping paper has disappeared. She is. I looked in Walmart, Target, and Hallmark, and there is nary a baby Jesus to be found. There’s Justin Bieber, though.

The closest I came to “Christian” wrapping paper for Christmas were the Magical Magi at Hallmark.

I’ll admit that I usually buy my wrapping paper after Christmas and I buy solids and stripes so that I can use them all year long. Now, I’m kinda tempted to buy the next nativity paper I see just on principle. I never thought those manger scenes would disappear, but I guess they have.

I did find some pretty — and expensive stuff on Amazon. But who buys wrapping paper from Amazon? Toilet paper, yes, but wrapping paper?


I have never waited THIS long to do my shopping but this was the year to wait and wait and wait. I didn’t want to just buy stuff. Hubs and I talked about it. The kids and I talked about.

It wasn’t until Friday morning that I submitted a big, ginormous Amazon order. That was nice. After all that kid shopping, the last thing I needed was to run around town looking for things on the list. Already on Saturday morning shipments are arriving! 24 hours later? Yikes.

I was stunned that Amazon had marked some items up extremely high — up to TWICE the list price on some Lego — so I went through Target all by my lonesome on Friday afternoon. I found the infamous Snickaloaf while I was there. If not for the peanut allergy, it would have made it into the cart.

Other than being sick, it was a pretty good week. Bonus: FishBoy17 got his first college acceptance email. (Yes, email, not a fat packet in the mail anymore.) I admit; I cried. The child survived my homeschooling. The experiment is working.

christmas mug and cookie jar

Meanwhile, here’s what’s been happening on Life as MOM:

Here’s what’s been happening on Good Cheap Eats:

Coming next week:

  • 12 Days to a ReNEWed You
  • The Greatest Hits of Booking It
  • A Very Merry Christmas

Be sure to let me know what stories and articles are helpful to you and what you’d like to see more of in the coming weeks. I want to make your “life as MOM” as fun and as easy as possible.

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  1. Congratulations to your son! My #4 (18 yr old) has received 2 acceptance packets in the mail, so some schools are still doing it old school. Ironically, one is a science/technology school, lol!

  2. I’m gonna guess you were so behind because of the Europe trip. I imagine it was like a time warp. You left and then suddenly it was Thanksgiving. I don’t have any cool excuses for being behind on things.

  3. Congrats on your son’s acceptance letter!

    I hope you’re on the mend and the rest of the family doesn’t succumb to the crud.

    I did 80% of my shopping online this year at Amazon and WalMart online. I’m playing a trick on my three adult children for Christmas this year. They always get a nice check from us each year. They will each be handed a pint mason jar seemingly filled with m&m ‘s and a $25 gift card to each of their favorite place tied to it. When they open the jar to eat the m&m ‘s, they will find an empty toilet paper roll in the middle with their check in it. My bet is our dd is the first to discover it.

  4. There was never any doubt in my mind that the acceptance letters would be coming. But I enjoyed “the experiment is working”; seems to me you are doing a wonderful job preparing your children for life.

    I too waited way to late to shop and feel the same way. My children literally do not need anything and currently seem to “want” everything there is a commercial for.

    Merry Christmas!

  5. Hope you feel better soon and no one else catches it.

  6. Hope you all will be feeling better soon!
    I noticed that the Current catalog had one Nativity print wrapping paper. Maybe it will still be available when they have their after Christmas sale.

  7. Try searching on ebay for the nativity wrapping paper. Probably could find a deal on some vintage rolls. Or etsy.

  8. Adding to the college theme, I’ve been following your progress with ds17. Congratulations. The whole baby step 5 thing has been an intense experience for me because I worry about how everything will fall into place from the financing to their life transition into adulthood. It has been a joy so far watching their lives unfold. (2 in college one in middle school)

    Thank you for sharing how your own kids gift each other too. Like.

  9. Congrats on your son’s college acceptance, and boo to the flu. I’m the last one standing in our family of five; Amazon has been getting most of my business lately! Hope you are all well soon!

  10. Hope everyone’s on the mend! Congrats on the acceptance letter/email. My oldest got his first one too. Exciting and scary all at the same time.

  11. I can’t believe they don’t send fat acceptance packets anymore! What is the world coming to?! Great, great job educating your son–not that I ever had a doubt. 🙂

    I bought a ton of that nativity paper I found on principle, too.

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