Monday, December 20, 2010

Is It So Very Wrong To Cheat At An Advent Calendar?

So. Yeah. The advent calendar. It's so far off the rails I can't even begin to describe. Where were we. Day 15? 

Day 15: Should have been Make Cookies. FAIL.

Day 16: Should have been Give Cookies to Friends. FAIL.

Day 17: Christmas book (Merry Christmas, Strega Nona): SUCCESS!

Day 18: Watch Christmas movie in new jammies: SUCCESS! (Are we seeing a pattern yet? I am at a complete loss if I have to actively do something to make an activity happen, but if we get to sit on our fannies? Got it covered. Amply.)

Day 19: Sing carols: FAIL. So, I'm choosing to pretend that I planned on making gingerbread houses with the neighborhood kids as one of the activities. (One of the older neighbor kids and her friends supervise the little kids and help them decorate their houses. It's totally adorable.)

(If there's a photo, it must have happened the way I said it did, right? Future me will forget this was not the plan, anyway.)

Day 21: Make a snowman: FAIL. But Sarah did spontaneously make snow angels yesterday, so I'm just going to go ahead and slot that in for today. (There's not enough snow for a snowman, and it's too dry to pack. It totally would have failed anyway. For reals. Really.)

Tomorrow's supposed to be a bubble bath. I think I can manage it. Bubble stuff? Check. Dirty kid? Check. Bath tub? Check! Can we do it? YES WE CAN!

And, to show that I don't completely suck, I finally started baking today, and we might even eventually get around to giving cookies to our friends. Really! Maybe even before the actual holiday! Dare to dream.

(They look much better in real life. Less yellow, for one [I have GOT to do something about the lighting around here. Geez]. Also, the internet needs to invent scratch-and-sniff screens, because the snickerdoodles smell awesome.)

Four to go, people. I'm reasonably confident it can be done.


Cindy said...

LOL! Personally, I'm preferring your approach to the Advent Calendar!

Are those macaroons???? Do you have my address???

Grace said...

Dude. DUDE. You are the only person I've ever heard of for whom "Advent Calendar" means "schedule a cool activity EVERY SINGLE DAY".

For most of us, it means "open a little door and read a Bible verse or possibly even get candy."

As honest-to-goodness clergy, I hereby absolve you of all FAIL. I'm sure Sarah is having a more awesome Advent than 99% of the kids out there.

AG Ambroult said...

yes you can!
you so totally crack me up. the fails are precisely why I stopped doing little cute things each day. So what did I do? I went out and bought this snowman thingy that has a star and a bunch of numbered pockets. The girls move the star into the next pocket each day. MOVE THE STAR--it's all I (oops, THEY) have to do. brilliant. (and , yes, lazy)

Rowena said...

I am with you. I've been changing up the activity every day, so I pick the ones that let me sit on my butt, often. But I like bubble bath. That might be tomorrow. When they start reading better, i won't be able to read a note that says "bake cookies," and say "take bubble bath."

mommatosena said...

I still think that Sarah is the luckiest kid on the planet to have you as a mom! You do more in one crazy holiday month than I dare to dream in 6 months! I couldn't even pull off a bubble bath in our house right now! So kudos to you for all the success' and as far as I can tell you haven't failed yet!