Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama, head over to her blog and see what she and everyone else have NOT been doing this week!
We have some wonderful traditions around Christmas time. Saturday was the Lighted Christmas parade, and Sunday we went to The Lights Of Christmas at Warm Beach camp in Stanwood.
We are NOT crazy enough to take our kids to a parade in December in 27 degree weather and biting winds. I did NOT realize just before we left that I really don't have winter stuff, so I did NOT go to the parade without a hat, gloves, or a scarf. My darling, brilliant hubby did NOT only wear a t-shirt and fleece pullover. Nope, we did NOT focus so much on the kids that we were totally unprepared (and freezing, therefore grumpy) ourselves!
We did NOT take the lessons we learned from the parade to bundle up better for the Lights. I did NOT go out after church with the intention of buying a hat and gloves, since I have been without a decent set for years. And there is NO WAY I refused to buy gloves after discovering the only pair in four stores that fit my very long fingers were $54. I did NOT end up finding some in my husband's stash of gloves that worked, I am NOT so cheap as to wear men's gloves to save $54! There is certainly NO WAY that I ended up not wearing gloves for most of the night anyway, because I couldn't adjust the camera with them on.
The kids had a blast at the Lights of Christmas. It was cold, but not windy, which made for a great evening. We saw thousands of lights, went on pony rides, rode a train, ate mini donuts and walked around. We were warm and cozy.
So what does it take to have a family of six warm and cozy for a few hours in the cold? For our family, it was NOT 72 articles of clothing. Oh, and if you count each pair of socks, shoes, and gloves as two separate articles, we did NOT top out at 92 clothing pieces that were worn out last night. Nope, we are NOT a large enough family that we can wear two full loads of laundry all at once.
We did NOT keep the kids up till ten o'clock last night. Nope, we ALWAYS stick to a strict bedtime! And when Marty got up for work this morning, I did NOT threaten his life if he did something loud and woke the kids up early, knowing how cranky they would be all day long. Nope, I am a loving and supportive wife and I NEVER say anything like, "If you wake them, I will kill you. Honey, look at me, I want this to be clear. I will kill you. OK?"
What did you NOT do this week?