Being a mom is the greatest accomplishment of my life. And I am SO proud of it. But somewhere along the way, I seem to have forgotten who I am and what my interests are. I am MORE THAN A MOM. I love being a mom, and a wife, but I need to have some room to just be ME - without any titles. I look forward to when I can go back to being an elementary school teacher, when my youngest starts full time school. I think in order for me to be the best MOM and the best WIFE I can be, I have to just be the best ME - whoever that is.
Who is JJ the Elf, you ask? Right now, seeing as I feel well rested, he's my HERO! JJ the Elf is our Elf On The Shelf. He's named JJ because my nephew has an elf named Jack. Well, AZ figured ALL elves were named Jack. I didn't want an elf named Jack, though, because of my babysitting, so he's Jack Junior, or JJ. We've adopted him from Santa, and every night he uses his magic to fly back to the North Pole to report to Santa how AZ and WC behaved for the day. Will they be on the naughty or nice list for the day? He waits for all of us to sleep to use his magic and then returns here, always hiding in a different spot. AZ is excited to find him every morning.
Well, twice now he's come back to hide in her room. However, he'll only hide in her room if she goes to sleep that night without any fussing or crying. And, if she wakes up in the middle of the night to go potty, she has to go back to her room, and not come into Mommy and Daddy's room. Afterall, she has to keep him company.
Ladies and gents, this has worked now BOTH times he's hidden in her room. HALE-FREAKIN-LUJAH! He can hide in her room every night from now until Christmas if I can get some sleep. Hopefully he'll continue using his magic especially for me. *sigh* I'm going to miss JJ when he leaves.