Monday, December 9, 2013

Elfie the elf of the shelf that is NOT a spy for Santa

A few days a go, the elf on the shelf appeared in our house just like in thousands of other home.  But unlike in thousands of other homes this elf is not a spy for Santa.

Millions of children get the threat of you better be good or Santa won't come.  I've done it.  But it doesn't do anything to improve behavior.  It is just another empty threat, because let's get real,  I'm not going to give my kids nothing but coal for Christmas.

And if Santa was real, he wouldn't either, because he, like Jesus, has harnessed the power of forgiveness.

Our elf is a bit mischievous but not terribly so. Our elf is here to learn to be good and to teach forgiveness.  The girls have to forgive Elfie for being wild and a bit naughty.

The girls can play with Elfie and enjoy her.  I would be silly to get them a new toy and tell them to never touch it.  I want to set them up for success, not failure. 

There is no naughty and nice list.  We have nice girls in this house and only nice girls. Sometimes they make mistakes but so do I and no one threatens to take my Christmas presents away. Jesus has forgiven me and Jesus has forgiven them.

And so has Santa.

Santa sent a letter carefully explaining that the naughty and nice list is just something people do for fun.  I didn't want to make 98% of the world out to be liars! But that Santa is also friends with Jesus and they know all about grace and forgiveness.

And seriously how can your elf be naughty and then it reports back to Santa about your children's naughtiness? Just doesn't make sense!

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Santa beard Christmas countdown

The girls are so excited for Christmas.  I had to make a way for them to countdown so they wouldn't have to ask me every 15 minutes how much longer til Christmas.  Best idea ever.  Now they only ask me 5 times a day.  And that's a number I can live with.

Cheyenne's is on the left and Harlee's is on the right.

I wish I could take credit for that awesome Santa but I can't, get yours here.

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Friday, December 6, 2013

My 100th post

I thought this day would come sooner, but life got in the way.  This blog is about my life so without life getting in the way there would be no blog.

Here is 5 Things I have learned from 100 blog posts.

1 Blogging is hard.

It's hard to find time more than anything, it's hard to consistently post, it's hard to social media-ize the posts you do have time to write.

2 I am slowly but surely turning into a computer geek.

I can edit html code and can tell you all about SEO and other weird computer acronyms that I had no idea what where a year ago. 

3 Blogging is fun.

I love it when someone comments on my posts and hopefully it was helpful to them.  Or when someone emails me wanting to know more about a post.  This happens most often over our trip to the National Jewish hospital in Denver for Cheyenne's eczema

4 Sometimes I wonder if this blog will ever get anywhere.

But I mostly don't care, I like doing it so I'm going to keep on keeping on.

5 I have a twitter, facebook and Google+ account for this blog and it isn't enough.

But I don't have time for more. It's terribly overwhelming how important social media is.

I sometimes wonder what the future holds for Redneck Soccer Mom.  Will I ever get sick of it and stop? I'm really thinking not.  Or will I at some point start something bigger and better? Who knows. For now I am here and I'm not quitting.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Cheyenne's 3 year old interview

Oh sweet Cheyenners, I can't believe she is three already. She is so smart and so determined and so stubborn and so lovey. She talks so much and so well for her age. She didn't do all the questions again this year.  Despite my best efforts to ask her a few everyday she seemed rather board with it all. Harlee on the other hand helps me think up more questions to ask.

Blast from the past: Cheyenne's two year old interview 

What is your name?  I'm Cheyenne

What is your mom's name?  Doylenn
What is your dad's name?  Daddy
What does your mom do all day?  Kiss Daddy
What does your dad do all day?  He hugs you and kiss you

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?  to earth
What is your favorite color? Purple
What is your favorite toy? Pink Bear
What is your favorite fruit? I want a cutie
What is your favorite cartoon? Umizoomi

What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Cuties
What is the grossest thing to eat for lunch? pears are yucky
What is your favorite thing to wear? necklaces
What is your favorite game? Umzoomi
What is your favorite snack? Eyes

What is your favorite animal? pink bear
Which do you like more, hunting or fishing?  Fishing
What is your favorite song? Umzoomi
What is your favorite book? Busy Bugs
Who is your best friend? Jazy

What is your favorite cereal? Purple
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Ride my bike
What is your favorite drink? to drink inside
What is your favorite season? purple is my favorite season

What do you like to take to bed with you at night? I can sleep on a pillow, I want my baby
What do you want to be when you grow up? Just a grown up
Where is your favorite place to go? to the left

What kind of party to do want for your 4th birthday? purple party
What kind of party do you think Harlee should have for her birthday? a purple party, no Harlee like pink parties that's all
What pets do you have? 3 pets
What is your favorite butterfly? really small

Polka dots or stripes? stripes
Do you like showers or baths more? showers
Who is your favorite person in the whole world?  Elfie
What is your favorite thing to do with friends? We just hide Elfie

What is your favorite sport? I wanna play soccer
If you could have one wish what would it be? To be a baby
Who is your biggest hero? Jazy
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Purple ice cream
Is there anything else you want to tell me about yourself?  No thank you

Know of any great questions I missed?  Please let me know!  If you want to see my complete list of interview questions please see Harlee's 5 year old interview

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