Gretchen's version of a Christmas Classic:
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a kid was stirring, not even a mouse (well, maybe a mouse)
Decorations were hung around the house with care
In hopes that Christmas morn would soon be there.
The children were all sleeping alone in their beds,
While visions of dolls and Legos danced in their heads.
With hubby at the Xbox and me in my PJs,
I finally sat down at the computer to play.
When somewhere in a distance there arouse such a clatter
I sprang from my seat saying, "Now what's the matter?"
All I wanted was a little time all by myself
Then I saw something moving, maybe an elf?
I don't believe in Santa, this can't be real
I've done all my shopping and I got great deals.
Then I was given a gift I cannot express
I was shown my life without a child's mess.
It turns out I don't mind the frustration of kids
The never ending laundry and sippy cup lids.
The dirty diapers and bad dreams in the middle of the night
The bullies, the homework and the best friend fight.
The cooking of dinner that no one will eat
The snotty noses and coughs and the fever heat.
The endless dusting and cleaning of the commode
All a very small price for this wonderful abode.
When my two-year old showed up just to tell me,
"I love you, Mommy!" Somehow, he's almost three.
I'm constantly wishing my children's childhood away
When I should be enjoying them since they aren't here to stay.
I kissed my little boy and tucked him back into bed
"Thank you, little man, for clearing my head."
I sometimes forget, they grow up too fast
And I need to make good memories that will last.
For now, I promise to enjoy them instead
Of waiting for the day that they don't wet the bed.
Suddenly, through the blinds the sun began to shine
And I realized I'd fallen asleep and now it was time.
The kids were now waking and ready to begin
To celebrate the birth of our Lord and King!