Wow. I must admit that this is an extreme honor. I have been admiring Jamey and her writing since…well, I think it was the summer before third grade when my family moved to the same town where Jamey grew up. I remember Sundays in church where several of us girls would sit in a row and pass down page after page of whatever story Jamey was working on (sorry Pastor). So, when Jamey asked if I would do a guest blog while she was gone, I jumped at the chance.
Since we’re going to be part of each other’s lives for a few, I figured I should tell you a little about myself in three sentences or less. Anyone who knows me knows that keeping things short is not my strong suit, so this will be a challenge (That sentence doesn’t count, right?).
My name is Rachel, and I transitioned from a full-time 7th grade teacher working mom to a full-time working SHAM for my little goober princess who is 4. My daughter recently started pre-kindergarten and is LOVING it, but this mama is still adjusting to the fact that my little lady is growing up. To answer questions you
probably might be asking- yes, my husband and I do want more children, and
no I don’t know when it will happen.
Now, the next question I had to ask myself was WHAT IN THE WORLD SHOULD I WRITE ABOUT??! Jamey gave me some great ideas- cooking (which I LOVE helping mom’s with), transitioning to being a SHAM, etc. After talking myself down from all the embarrassing stories I could tell (You know what they say about payback, and I know she’s got quite a few on me!) I decided that I would write about none of those fabulous topics partially in hopes that she will ask me to do this again, and I can write about one of those and partially because I have a major (in my mind) mom dilemma on hand! It’s one word- CHRISTMAS.
Yup, I said it. You can put me up there with all the obnoxious stores that already have Christmas decorations out. While I whole-heartedly believe in the real meaning of Christmas, I also spend quite a bit of time shopping for friends/ family, and making requested lists about what my goober might like. I normally don’t think about shopping this early because I am one of those crazy people who stay up all night to shop on Black Friday. However, this year we have already started receiving requests for lists/ ideas of what goober might like for Christmas. This got me thinking, and I have to admit that I had a minor break down that went something like -Holy cow...We DO NOT need ONE more plastic thing to trip on or take up space in our no basement and no playroom current housing situation.
This is where I stand before you today. The hubby and I are thinking we will get here a BUNCH of books for Christmas (Jamey will be proud). She has quite a few books, but some of them are still the board books from when she was a baby. So I think we will expand her “big girl” library. The conundrum lies with what to tell the grandparents and the rest of the family who love to buy her “fun” presents. Maybe more doll clothes or rooms for her doll house?? I would say games for her Leapster and movies since we no longer have cable, but I don’t like to give her too much screen time anyway.
So, I am reaching out for suggestions. I am sure that there are other moms or dads out there with the same issue. What are some fun and creative gift ideas for kids (please specify appropriate age range) that DO NOT take up space in my house, have large numbers of items to keep track of, or just generally make me want to gouge my eyes out with a spoon??