Jennifer Lyon

Monday, December 23rd, 2013
Happy Holidays

So CPA Boy (oldest son) says: “Mom there’s a cookie exchange at work, and I consider this a contest that I must win.”

“Um…CPA Boy a cookie exchange is not a contest.”

“It’s totally a contest.”

Right. He’s so like his dad. Not me, I’m not at all competitive.   “And you’re telling me this because…?”

“Can you bake extra cookies so I can claim them as my own and win?”

“I’m not baking a lot of cookies this year.” I’m being tough this year, drawing lines, doing less…and I’M NOT COMPETITIVE.

“Oh. Well that’s okay mom.  Don’t worry about it. It’s just a cookie exchange.” And we started talking about other things.

Fast forward a couple days to the family party where I handed him a big Tupperware filled with cookies. I carefully labeled it “CPA Boy, the big cheater.”

CPA Boys eyes lit up. “What’s this?”


“You said you weren’t baking this year.”

“But you asked and I can’t seem to help myself. Are you REALLY going to take credit for my cookies?”

He nods. “One hundred percent.”

“You’re a cheater, you know that. I wrote it on the tag. See?”

“I’m going to cross out cheater.”

I laughed. “You suck at cheating.”

“You suck at saying no. And you’re helping your son cheat.”

Dang, he has a point. So I poured some wine and contemplated what a bad mom I am. But he totally better win that contest…uh…cookies exchange.

In all honesty, it really is a cookie exchange, and I’ve met his smart coworkers–not one of them will believe he baked those cookies :-) The truth is I did it for him because my kids rarely ask me for anything. And…I suck at saying no.

I want to take a moment to wish  you all have a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays! I wish for each of you a truly special time with family and friends.  You all have made my life better, sharing smiles and joy and I truly appreciate all of you.

I’m going to take a week off from the blog, but will check in next week.


13 comments to “Happy Holidays”

  1. Viki S.
    December 23rd, 2013 at 3:25 am · Link

    You are such a good mom :). I would have baked the cookies too but wouldn’t have thought to put cheater on the tag – that’ priceless ;).

    Enjoy time with Bailey and the family. Get some rest in there too (ankle, remember).

    Merry Christmas!

  2. B.E. Sanderson
    December 23rd, 2013 at 6:59 am · Link

    You guys kill me. Yes, CPA boy is a cheater, but hey, you’ll win the cookie exchange! Tell him he can have all the glory, but you want a prize. (And yeah, his co-workers will totally know he didn’t make those cookies.)

    Merry Christmas to you, too, Jen. May you have an awesome holiday and may all the good things you wish for us return to you double. :HUGS:

    Have a nice break and see you next week! =o)

  3. Labrat11
    December 23rd, 2013 at 7:23 am · Link

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!!

  4. Silver James
    December 23rd, 2013 at 10:22 am · Link

    See? That’s the good thing about having a daughter. She makes her own! But she asked me to make the homemade rolls as buns this year so she can have them for her turkey sandwich on Christmas Day. Yeah, I’m a total sucker, too. :lol:

    Merry Christmas, everyone! May your lives be filled with family, friendship, and good books. :D

  5. Jenn
    December 23rd, 2013 at 11:39 am · Link

    Viki, that’s because you’re a nicer mom than I am :-)

    Christmas will be fun, but I’ll admit I’m pretty run down. I’m looking forward to hanging out with Bailey.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  6. Jenn
    December 23rd, 2013 at 11:42 am · Link

    B.E., thanks!

    CPA Boy is brilliant at his job, but not in the kitchen :-) It’ll be obvious that either Special K or I baked for him, LOL!

  7. Jenn
    December 23rd, 2013 at 11:42 am · Link

    Labrat11, thank you!

  8. Jenn
    December 23rd, 2013 at 11:43 am · Link

    Silver, there are just some things that Moms do best :-) Those homemade rolls sound delicious!

    Merry Christmas!

  9. Ashlynn Pearce
    December 23rd, 2013 at 12:22 pm · Link

    Merry Christmas, Jen. You have a wonderful holiday and enjoy some much-needed down time. :)

  10. Jenn
    December 23rd, 2013 at 4:34 pm · Link

    Ashlynn, thank you! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  11. Dawn
    December 23rd, 2013 at 4:55 pm · Link

    Have a Happy Christmas, everyone! I hope it’s peaceful and without a lot of family drama.

  12. Jenn
    December 24th, 2013 at 11:43 am · Link

    Thank you, Dawn!

  13. Kat
    December 26th, 2013 at 12:23 pm · Link

    I’ll try

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