I haven't posted much because I have been very lucky that difficult child seems to be doing well right now. Many good changes in our house has calmed us all down even with a very hectic schedule. To be honest, this is the first Christmas in many, many years that I have been excited about it. This will be the first time in a few years that I will have next week off and still get paid (I run a daycare) so I can spend time with just my family as husband is off too. We have moved easy child's pony (that was given to us for $2.00, wonderful gift right there) to a cheaper barn, so money is not as tight and the kids asked for very little that they are getting all on their list. In a nutshell, things have been very positive here for all of us. So why do things keep happening to try and ruin it? My mother has been very down and negative about many things, most of our close family have all said they aren't in the xmas spirit, had a daycare parent get very angry with me because she spent $10.00 for our Secret Santa when it was supposed to be $5.00 and the gift that they got would have upset the other children so I asked her nicely to make it fair and then the icing on the cake was when I was taking difficult child to a hockey practice on Wed. I hit some black ice and went sliding into a curb. You wouldn't think much of it especially when I was only doing about 30 kms (not sure what that is in miles) that it would leave my car not only undrivable but they are esitmating the damage to be a couple of thousand!!!!!! Still waiting to hear what exactly is damaged but when they finally towed it (took 20 hrs, luckily we were right in front of the arena, the front tires were going in different directions. We got 39 cms of snow from Sunday to Wednesday and the roads were a mess even with the snow plows out. I don't really want to go through my insurance, I'm afraid how much it will go up if I do, but I don't have a couple of thousand lying around, especially right now. I am trying very hard to keep in the Christmas spirit but it's getting really hard. I keep telling myself that it could have been a serious accident instead of a stupid accident. That I can still enjoy Christmas even if others around me aren't in the spirit. I keep trying to tell myself that it could be a lot worse and that I am still very lucky to have things going well right now, but sheeeeeesshhh! Anyone else have the holiday's murphy's law???