2018 total (so far): $3184.98


Ugh. So Big.

November18 003



I know that when I publicly get smug, karma hunts me down and slaps me in the face, AND YET.

I should have known not to brag that Alexis isn't nosy enough to get into her Christmas presents. The reality is that SHE IS, but only virtually. I KNEW THAT.

Alexis has a Kindle Fire. It's one of her favoritest things in this world, which is good because it's all she got for her birthday last year. She doesn't read much on it because she prefers paper books, but she does use it. A lot. Free digital books are her favorite kind of digital books. She also checks books out from the library because that's some serious magic.

And apparently when you have a Kindle Fire and it's connected to a Prime account (which it has to be to give her access to free books), you can see your shopping history. ALL OF IT.

So Alexis, in her infinite wisdom, happened to see that I made an Amazon purchase on Black Friday. Echo Dots are $20, so GO GET YOU ONE AND STUFF. And I got two. One for Alexis and one for Mila. We have a regular Echo and both girls love asking it to play music or read books or whatever.

So Alexis saw what I had done. She promptly opened her mouth, "Hey, mom. Can I have an Echo Dot for Christmas?" Then she smirked, fully demonstrating that she knows how to use sarcasm on an expert level.

What Alexis doesn't know, however, is that I have no problem ruining her attempt at ruining the surprise. I suddenly have an Echo Dot for my kitchen. Hooray! And Mila can still have hers. But the big mouth, she who can't just keep quiet when she accidentally snoops, is out of luck.

So there, Alexis. I win.


(Un)Wrap the Holidays

You know those stories you don't tell your kids because you don't want them to get any ideas? This is one of those sotries. So, shhhh ... don't tell Mila.

I say "don't tell Mila" and not Alexis because I only need to worry about the little one getting bad ideas. The big one still can't break the rules without breaking into a sweat so she could never. Besides, she's really very terrible at unwrapping and unboxing so there is NO chance.

That's why the story came to mind, by the way. Alexis was helping me organize the first wave of Christmas Crazy boxes when it quickly became VERY obvious that she could never be a professional unboxer. She can't pull apart the tape on Amazon boxes, which huh? How? It's the easiest tape in the world to destroy. It's as if Amazon has spent money on pulling together the data to find tape that will last exactly long enough to get to your house. The stuff disintegrates shortly thereafter. And yet, Alexis can't open those boxes.

But I can. OH, I CAN. I could also open pretty much any box that my mom ever wrapped. The woman had religious objections to using more than a couple of pieces of tape on a gift. If it wasn't moral objections, then she was just suuuuuuuuper frugal. Seriously, she could wrap an entire package and only use two small scraps of tape.

It was sort of magical, especially because I knew how to carefully peel that tape off of most wrapping paper, slide the gift out, open it, and then reassemble the whole thing. Without detection. As in, I knew what I was getting for Christmas every single year well before the holiday because I would just trounce out to the tree some evening, open all of my gifts, and then seal them back up before anyone could find me.

Don't get any ideas, Mila. Not only do I super love using a lot of tape, I'm onto your tricks.