December 18, 2014
by Half-Hearted Housewife

Most Random Christmas List Request Is…

The boys worked together to make some Christmas lists. For more than an hour, a week or so ago. I’m glad they spent so much time on it, because it really was quiet while they actually cooperated and refrained from fighting for MORE THAN AN HOUR. I used this time to catch up on some HGTV. Important stuff, clearly. 

They appeared to be working with some catalogs that we have received in the mail over the last few weeks (thank you, every company that makes anything you can give to a child as a gift, for filling our mailbox with suggestions) and were even kind enough to add up the total cost of their gift requests for “Santa” (aka, me and Sergeant Handsome). Their lists added up to 0ver 840 bucks worth of stuff. Each. 

Umm, “Santa” is one freelance PR copywriter/full-time volunteer and one soldier on a government salary. Ain’t nobody got 840 bucks to be spending, times FOUR, for Christmas gifts. I mean, they didn’t actually make a list for the 2-year old- being the baby of the family means you always get the shaft, sorry you haven’t been baptized yet either- but I’ll just extrapolate from their requests. 

Their lists were not just expensive, they were also weird. Like, where-did-you-guys-come-from-because-I’m-totally-normal-so-how-did-I-have-weirdo-kids random. They included things like “intergalactic play set, “box of jokes,” and “bubble gum making kit.” Although the 6-year old did say, “But we won’t get that one, right, Mommy? Since you and Santa say we shouldn’t chew gum because it’s bad for us.”

Also on a list, that of our oldest, the 8-year old?

“Charms and Trinkets”

What. In. The. Actual. Eff. 

First of all, huh? Second of all, how did you value said “charms and trinkets” in your final tally for cost to “Santa?”  Third, I’m pretty sure he’s asking for trash. Like the shiny buttons and stuff he finds on the playground and wants to keep forever. I don’t know what to do with this information. I swear this was really on the list. Check it out: 

Weird Christmas List Requests

He’s got horrible handwriting, it’s a LD-related thing, but yes. That is my 8-year old son requesting “charms and trinkets” for Christmas.

I hope he’s cool with the bicycle that he’s actually getting. I’ll keep you updated so you’ll know if he’s the only kid on the planet that comes downstairs to a brand-new bike and looks around to ask, “but what about those charms and trinkets I asked for?” with disappointment in his voice.

Hey, kid- this bike means you can take yourself to search for all the charms and trinkets you can find. Within view of the house, at least. Maybe if you’re good you can get a basket for the bike for your birthday and you can put all your trinkets in there.  

November 26, 2014
by Half-Hearted Housewife

And then you split?

Last week we were all in the car and I was talking about my parents coming to visit for Thanksgiving. I must have referred to them as “mom and dad” at one point instead of “Gran and Papa” (which is how my kids know them). This led to the following conversation between Mini-Me, the 6-year old, and myself. 

Mini-Me: So Gran and Papa are YOUR mom and dad? 
Me: Yup, they’re my parents. 
Mini-Me: Huh. So that’s why they’re older than you are?
Me: It’s one of the reasons, yeah. 
Mini-Me: Soooo… you got to a certain age and then you just… split?
Me: (laughing hysterically) I guess you could say that. 
Mini-Me: I’m never going to split from you. 
Me: Well, that’s very nice but we’ll have to revisit this conversation when you’re older. 
Mini-Me: Nope. I’m never going to split from you guys. I don’t want to split. 
Me: Okay then. 

This led to the rest of the kids joining him in to declare that they would never split from us either. I guess we’ll need to make sure our retirement home has plenty of rooms. 


"So then you just split?"

“So then you just split?”


November 19, 2014
by Half-Hearted Housewife
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40 Weeks The Movie

This is a sponsored post, with access to the film provided by Doctor Smith’s, but all thoughts and opinions are mine. 

Can you even know what to be ready for?

At one point in the documentary, 40 Weeks, a documentary about pregnancy, the filmmaker asks this question. I feel like that question totally sums up what it’s like to be anticipating a child’s arrival. While the film is about pregnancy specifically, I have to think that adoptive parents have similar worries and concerns while they’re waiting.

How do you prepare when you don’t even know what to prepare for?

40 Weeks does a great job of being informative (the film partnered with The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, as well as, and The March of Dimes). It shares all the information highlights you might otherwise get from a pregnancy book or websites. But it’s not just about telling you straight up medical information.

What the film does best is hit on the emotional roller coaster of pregnancy. You connect with the families being followed and care about them. The emotional highs and lows they experience are familiar if you have kids already. But you don’t have to have kids to appreciate it. These are just human stories. I can’t tell you how many times I cried while watching. All of these families have different backgrounds and experiences that they’re bringing to the table and they’re all going through different challenges throughout the 40 weeks of their pregnancies. But there’s an overarching theme of love. Even the frustrations and hard times that they go through are emotional because you can see them struggling with the dichotomy of overwhelming loving anticipation along with trying to keep life normal as everything changes. It’s not all happy and rose-colored glasses, which is often a problem with pregnancy-related movies and books. But it’s not scary either. It’s just very real.

If you have kids, if you are pregnant now, or if you’ve ever thought about having kids (or want affirmation that you definitely don’t want kids), I think that 40 Weeks is a great movie to watch. I think it gives a fabulous overview of pregnancy from a medical point of view but also gives insight into the mind of the mother. I would have loved watching this when I was pregnant with my oldest- I think it would have reassured me that all of the things I was thinking, worrying, and feeling were totally normal.

Thanks to Doctor Smith’s for being one of the sponsors of this beautiful documentary and for sponsoring this post, so I had the chance to check out an early cut of the film. If you’d like to check the movie out for yourself, go to Try to see it if you can! I loved it (and am definitely, 100%, for sure NOT pregnant). 


40 Weeks Pregnancy Documentary