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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I believe what we have here is A Failure To Communicate.

We have 9 therapies a week.
A babysitter.  A nurse for Alexander.
An entire Pediatrician’s staff that bends over backwards to do whatever we need.
Every Specialist ever invented involved in Alexander’s care.
People who watch the twins on a moment’s notice.
And then – of course – family and friends.

All of whom – we would like to show appreciation for this holiday season.image

I got this great idea.  Let’s give Chocolate to our “Alexander” team.  We could go to that really nice candy store downtown and get boxes of candy for everyone.  We could get this huge platter of assorted chocolates for the Pediatrician’s office.  We would show everyone how much we love them…. in the way only Chocolate does.

Then I priced this endeavor. And decided to re-think my plans.  The homemade chocolate was going to cost us a fortune at $7.00 a pound.  And we love them more than a pound’s worth!  So I devised a little plan.

I sent my husband out on a mission.  Get boxes of Chocolates from Wal-Mart.  Also – get small gift bags or little boxes so we could “make our own.”  Everyone would assume they came from the expensive candy store.  And … well… that could be our little secret.

Husband went to Wal-Mart.  Mission Completed.  IMG_0815[1]

My “Little Gift Bags”

Seriously?!?!!?!? These were the size of full on Gift Bags!!!  He said, “Well… they had bigger sizes, so I figured this is what you wanted.”


My “Candy”

CRAP!!!!! What credible candy stores sell pre-wrapped Santas! And Hershey Kisses and Candy Canes? These don’t look like GOURMETTE CHOCOLATES!

**Upon reflection**
1. You shouldn’t try to “scam” people on their Holiday gifts.  Especially chocolate.
2.  Apparently my husband and I really need to communicate better.

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At December 20, 2011 at 10:06 AM , Anonymous Ruth said...

Haha! So you unwrapped all the chocolate to make it look expensive?

(Even Walmart is expensive when you're stuffing stockings for five kids!)

At December 20, 2011 at 10:43 AM , Blogger championm2000 said...

All you had to say was you sent hubby to store to buy...

and I knew this story was going to have a funny ending.

I am just surprised your husband found anything. I can send mine to the store for milk and he'll come back and say he couldn't find it.

At December 20, 2011 at 11:03 AM , Blogger Arnebya said...

I'm giggling b/c I can't count how many times I've thought about my husband "we really need to communicate better." I give you credit for even acknowledging through gifts all that your "team" does for Alexander.

At December 20, 2011 at 1:14 PM , Blogger ~*Jess*~ said...

Lol, it was the thought! I'm sure they know you guys have tons of specialists and people to give to. That's pricey! I think it's wonderful :)

At December 20, 2011 at 1:15 PM , Blogger Kim Shafer said...

OK- I have to ask 9 therapies???? What does he get? I only ask b/c Leo only has 3 therapists and no nurse- what am I missing??????? We are still playing catch-up with Leo's care and trying to get him everything he needs- but after reading this I am wondering what am I missing? HELP!

On the candy side- I had wonderful help from my mom and oldest daughter- they made homemade peanut butter cups, little pumpkin breads and homemade chocolate covered pretzels for me to give as gifts to therapists and teachers. I agree the size of the bag does matter!

At December 20, 2011 at 4:44 PM , Blogger Kristen said...

Kim - don't stress. I should have said - 9 therapies / 5 therapists. We have Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Developmental Therapy, and Vision Therapy. We also have it written in our plan that they can come at the same time and work together. Which is awesome because - for example vision and pt often come together. The vision person distracts him while he is pushed physically to get stronger. Hope that helps. Kristen

At December 20, 2011 at 5:45 PM , Blogger everettrj said...

This made me snort! You crack me up! If it makes you feel any better, I thought I had the system beat by actually undertaking a DIY Christmas this year...Let's just say next year, everyone gets a card that says "I love and appreciate you, today and everyday" If they have issue with that then the following year's will say "pfffft!" ;)

At December 21, 2011 at 12:23 AM , Blogger Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

Haha! I can relate. My husband and I need to work on our communication too. If I ask him to bring home three things from the store, I usually can expect two things. So, it's good your husband got gift bags and candy. I'm thinking your bags will still be a big hit!

At December 22, 2011 at 9:28 PM , Blogger Hilary said...

Cute! I received some of the most amazing homemade gifts this year thanks to pinterest!! My favorite...homemade coasters. My friend went to the home store and bought kitchen tiles for .16 cents a piece she then bought little sticker non-slider things for the bottom. She cut cute scrapbook paper and modge-podged it on the top of the title. They are amazing!! However, there is no way I have the time to do this...or want to make the time. At least not now, maybe in the future. :-)


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