Return of Chris the Mouse

Several years ago my youngest daughter came to me and asked why she didn’t have an Elf that visits her. Some fool had introduced her to Elf On A Shelf. To this day we are still trying to figure out which parent to hang for this atrocity! That year there was not a single Elf On A Shelf to be found in my area and so Chris the Mouse was born.
As with all kids, my daughter grew up and Chris the Mouse stopped coming down to Texas on his Christmas vacation. That was until last night.
Sadly the past few years have not been good for him. I found out that Santa had to cut his labor force due to Obama Care and well, Chris the Mouse has not handled it well. He has turned to drinking and apparently he doesn’t handle his booze well. I don’t want to be around when he finds out that the severance pay he got is nothing but a freaking candy bar!


All Good Things Must Come To An End

Chris the Mouse enjoyed his last couple of days at our house by playing Chutes and Ladders and leaving more candy around our house. He went back home to the North Pole with Santa on Christmas Eve. He will be missed but we know he is needed very much to clean up after the elves in Santa’s Workshop!

I Blinked…Christmas Is Over!

It seems like I blinked and then Christmas was over. Why does it always take so long to prepare for Christmas and then POOF it’s all over in the blink of an eye?!

I told my girls if they woke me up before 6am Christmas morning that I would not be help responsible for their safety! They were nice and woke me up at 6:05! Even my husband was awake which is a Christmas miracle all on its own! I vaguely remember getting a cup of coffee and sitting on the couch and the next thing I knew they had opened everything! 

My kids enjoyed their presents which consisted mostly of board games and clothes this year. My husband and I agreed that the grill we recently bought was our Christmas present. My daughters bought me a little Elmo figurine and a pretty Snowflake necklace. My mother-in-law bought me a coffee cup that I swear holds 6 cups of coffee! I love it!

My husband gave the family the best present of all and he stopped drinking. He has been sober for 9 days now and I have high hopes that he will continue to stay sober. 

Now it’s on to the New Year, 2010, New Year Resolutions! This year I am giving up blinking for my New Year Resolution! Well that and I am seriously making a resolution to lose 30 pounds! Do you think if I blink that maybe the weight would come off as easy as it did going on?!

Merry Christmas (Video Of The Week)

Eight is Enough

May each and everyone of you have a very Blessed Christmas!


Not A Creature Was Stirring…

Except Chris the Mouse! He has had an eventful week at our house. He brought the girls plenty of treats and he has had his share of running around at night!

I know Chris the Mouse is on vacation, but it sure would be nice if he would clean my house one night while he is up running around like crazy!

A Chrismouse Meme

I was tagged by Mabs over at Mood Swing Mabel  for this Holiday meme.

The Twelve days of Christmas have been celebrated since medieval times ~ traditionally beginning the day after Christmas Day (now known as Boxing Day) and ending with Twelfth Night.  And since the festive season is upon us ~ I thought it might be fun to do a Christmas meme!


  1. Copy the delightful Chrismouse picture to your post.
  2. Copy these rules and the explanation of the meme (above).
  3. Link the person who tagged you.
  4. List 12 things: either about a Christmas present or memories about Christmas past (or a mixture of both)
  5. Tag as many or as few people as you like!

If you are reading this then you are hereby tagged!

  1. I remember every year my dad had to tell us the “Story of the Angel on Top of the Tree.” You know the one, where Santa has a really bad day and it ends with the angel asking him where he wants her to put the tree. Every year my dad made this story longer and longer. When I was about 9 I really wanted to get done with the tree and go play with my friends and he was taking what seemed to me like forever and I piped in with: “Just get to the part where he shoves the tree up her ass!”
  2. Somehow over the years on Christmas morning nobody was allowed to open presents until we drank a glass of orange juice. When I was older I asked my mom what that was all about and she said it was the only way she could get us to wait until she had enough coffee in her! I asked her well why the orange juice? She said she saw it on the show Eight is Enough and thought it was a good idea!
  3. Every Christmas Eve before Santa came my brother and I got to open 1 present that was under the tree and it was usually new pajamas. I do this with my kids too and they actually look forward to their new PJs.
  4. My mom’s birthday was December 13th so every year we gave her a new tree ornament for her birthday. We still put a new ornament up on the tree on the 13th in her memory.
  5. Every year since I was about 5 or 6 my brother and I would find the stash of presents, unwrap them and then wrap them back up! Every year we vowed we wouldn’t do it but every year we did!
  6. When my oldest daughter was about 3 she kept taking off the tree ornaments and we kept putting them back on but just out of her reach. That year the bottom 2 feet of the tree was empty!
  7. Every year Santa would put an orange in our stocking. I have no clue why he did that but he still does it to this day!
  8. A few years ago Santa & Mrs. Claus must have had a few too many egg nogs and he must have forgotten to put out a few presents left a few presents in my closet!
  9. I thought it was the coolest thing when I was 9 and we had a little store set up in our school for us kids to buy presents for our parents. I bought my mom a spice rack with my own money and I was soo proud of it!
  10. I love going to Christmas Eve Mass. I love seeing the CEO’s looking around to see what to do in church. (Christmas and Easter Only people)
  11. Last year my youngest daughter wanted an Elf like all her friends. But I was late to the table and she ended up with Chris the Christmas Mouse which has turned into a new tradition!
  12. We have a little Nativity set that you can move around and every year my girls argue over who’s turn it is to set it up!

Video And Question Of The Week

Feel Good Drinks

Question of the week: Is there a special drink or food item that you like that you can only get around Christmas time?

Welcome Back Chris

Last week my youngest daughter made a plea to Santa to bring Chris the Mouse back to our house. She set up her Elf Bed, put out popcorn, cookies and crackers, because “that’s what Chris likes to eat,” and wrote a nice letter to Santa! She couldn’t wait until morning. This was almost as big as Christmas Eve!



The next morning she flew downstairs to see if Chris had arrived. The look on her face was great when she saw Chris. All morning long she talked about all the things that she and Chris were going to do. My older daughter came into the kitchen and said, “Mom, wasn’t I her age when I found out about Santa? I think I was! She is getting worse instead of better!” I told her if she didn’t watch out Chris wasn’t going to leave her anything except little mouse droppings!

My daughter took Chris to school with her the first day she had him. He stayed in her locker box all day. My daughter swears that he cleaned her and her friend’s locker out. I swear I did not go up to her school! Pinky promise!

Chris spent his first night with us sleeping in his little Elf Bed. At least that’s where my youngest daughter put him to bed! When she woke up the next morning she found Chris sitting at a picnic table with 2 candy bars in front of it. He was even nice enough to leave one for the non-believing older sister!

The next night my daughter once again put him to sleep in his bed and once again he didn’t stay there! I am starting to think he has something against sleeping in his special Elf Bed because we found him sleeping in the Doll House!

The following night my daughter decided that Chris needed to sleep with her. He apparently woke up during the night and left some little miniature chocolate bars on the stairs. My youngest daughter was nice and shared them with her sister. I told the Non-Believer to “be careful of the chocolates because he might have made them himself!”

Hopefully Chris will start to sleep a little more at night next week but I am not going to hold my breath!

Video Of The Week

When Humans Are Sleeping

The Return Of Chris The Mouse

Well it’s that time of year again. Yep, it’s Christmas time! Time to put up the tree, hang the lights outside, shop till you drop, drink Egg Nog and be Merry! Oh, and I almost forgot, well actually I was hoping my youngest wouldn’t remember, it’s time for Chris the Mouse to come back for a visit!

Chris the Christmas Mouse

 (If you would like to read his adventures from last year click here.)

My daughter still has her “Elf Bed” from last year and since we don’t have a Christmas Tree up yet she made a drawing of a tree to hang somewhere to put the bed under! She tried to set it all up last week but trying to bide some time for myself, I told her Santa won’t let the Elves or Chris the Mouse leave the workshop until at least December 1st.

This morning she remembered that it was December 1st! She was all happy that Chris would be able to come back tonight! Why can’t kids have crappy memories like their parents!

So, like the stupid ass great mother that I am, I have typed up Santa’s Letter for the arrival of Chris the Mouse tonight.

I will try to give a weekly update on the “Great Adventures of Chris the Mouse!”

Life After Christmas

Well Christmas came, and now it’s gone! Overall my family had a very nice holiday. We went to mass on Christmas Eve and opened presents on Christmas day. My in-laws came over for Christmas dinner which consisted of ham, creamed pearled onions and green bean casserole. We had a coconut cream pie for desert.

Now I must diet! I have been horrible this past month and my scale is showing it. I have also found that with not drinking for a year and a half by body is craving sugar and bread which is not good for the waistline. Getting back on my program is not going to be my New Years Resolution because I never can keep those. Instead this will just be a promise to myself!

My girls are driving me nuts already during their school vacations! We still have one week to go! My oldest daughter thinks my sole purpose in life is to be her personal chauffeur! WRONG! I am seriously thinking that it is time for her to start driving. My youngest daughter is just wanting to spend time with me. Like being by my side 24 hours a day!

Yesterday I spent part of the time helping my youngest daughter do some baking in her old Easy Bake Oven. The problem with this is there is nothing Easy about it! It takes 2 hours to make a cake when it has to cook by a 100 watt light bulb! But she had fun and she left me alone while I watched the comedy show the Dallas Cowboys put on in the afternoon!

Fa, La, La, La, La…The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Oh, Come All Ye Faithful

Just Another Night With Chris The Mouse

Chris the Christmas Mouse

Chris the Christmas Mouse

Chris has been very busy the past two nights. One night he decided to get the box of Gingerbread men cookies and let them have a party at our Gingerbread house. That night he slept in the chandelier over the dining room table, no doubt to make sure the party didn’t get out of hand.

Last night my daughter decided to sleep with Chris. He decided to get up and get a bowl of popcorn and take it up to my daughter’s room. He also left two Hershey bars on the stair railing.

My daughter has proclaimed the only thing she wants for Christmas is for Chris to be able to stay. I have told her that Chris is very important up at the North Pole. If he is not there to clean the floors then the elves have to clean it which will slow down toy production for next year. She told me that Mrs. Claus could clean the floors. I told her that if Mrs. Claus cleans the floor then she won’t be able to make cookies for Santa and he will lose weight. Everyone knows you can’t have a skinny Santa!

I think she has come to grips with the fact that Chris is needed back home. I am sure once Santa comes she will be fine.

Fa, La, La, La, La…Johnny Mathis

Johnny Mathis
Oh, Holy Night

Merry Christmas

Christmas Time

Merry Christmas

I hope everyone enjoys their Christmas and are surrounded by plenty of family and friends!

Fa, La, La, La, La…Newsong

The Christmas Shoes

The Adventures of Chris The Mouse

Chris the Christmas Mouse

Chris the Christmas Mouse

I thought I would give an update on Chris the Mouse. Saturday my daughter just had to call her friend from school to tell her all about her mouse. She was just amazed that Santa let his mouse leave the North Pole! Her school friend ended up coming over that afternoon with her own Elf in tow.

I got to hear all about the Elf. My favorite story was when my daughter’s friend said that they were the only two with a real Elf and Mouse from Santa. According to her “the other kids who had them at school were not from Santa. Their parents bought them and even wrote the notes themselves!”

While my daughter’s friend was here her Elf and Chris the Mouse had some fun together. They went and stole some cookies from the cookie jar and left a mess under the Christmas tree. They also left a pack of gum for the girls to have.

That Saturday night was Chris’ first night with us. He decided to stay up all night on the couch and play the Gameboy. He also made himself a cup of my favorite hot chocolate and even had the nerve to use my special mug!

Last night Chris decided to play on the Foosball table. He also got markers, tape and scissors out to make gift tags for the candy bars he left for the kids.

Hopefully Chris will behave himself for the few remaining days he has left on his visit.

Fa, La, La, La, La…Bing Crosby & David Bowie

Bing Crosby & David Bowie
Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth

Where In The World…Is Santa

Tracking Santa down is easy just check out NORAD. On Christmas Eve they track Santa’s every move. Can’t wait until Christmas Eve? Stop on over and check out the updates from the North Pole and play some fun games.

Merry Christmas!


Chris The Christmas Mouse

Last night Santa dropped off Chris the Christmas mouse to watch over my youngest daughter. I asked my daughter if she was disappointed that Santa didn’t leave an Elf for her and she said: “No way! This is much more special because he never gets to leave the North Pole!”

Chris the Mouse was nice enough to make some Cinnamon rolls for breakfast for all of us. So far so good! 

Chris the Christmas Mouse

Chris the Christmas Mouse


Letter From Santa

Letter From Santa