Dear Santa...

A few years ago, I wrote a letter to Santa. I haven't written one since for myself since because I've been too busy handling the translation of a toddler's wishes. But since we've gotten that all squared away this year, I figured it's time to put pen to paper for myself. Why not, right?! I mean, you totally delivered last time! So here goes... Dear Santa,

I know you haven't heard from me in a few years, but you've certainly been very much on my radar. First and foremost, I want to thank you for all the joy you bring to Spencer's life. Thank you for making Christmas morning one to remember... and of course, for tolerating his multiple visits a season to your "mall office." Thank you for bringing the magic back into the season for all of us.

I fear my list may be a little grand this year, but if anyone can do it... it's you, right?!

World Peace. I think that goes without saying. I also think we made some big steps toward this in the past year... I'd like to see that momentum continue.

A turn in the economy and housing market. I've tried really hard to accept that we're staying put for the foreseeable future, and I've even found happiness here. (Mostly cause our neighbors rock... but you already know that, for I'm sure they all appear on your "nice" list this year.) But it's not fun to feel strapped to your house because there is no way you can afford to sell. I'm so lucky to own a home, but I'd like for it to feel a little less like an albatross.

Our schools to be better. Since we're staying, it would be really nice if our school system was one I actually wanted to send my kid to. Alternatively, I'd appreciate any insight you have on the local private schools... which one has the greatest ratio of "nice" kids?!

A superpower. Particularly the ability to stop time. Or to create more time. Because the one thing I seem to lack most these days is time.

Lastly, but certainly not least, we have several good friends trying to build their families. I'd really like for them all to receive the news they so desperately want. Wouldn't that make for a wonderful Christmas miracle?! Yes, I think so too.

Don't get me wrong... I'd be perfectly happy to find more "mainstream" presents under the tree... like a new laptop (this one is seven years old after all), some awesome camera gear, or even a new jo*totes bag. (Preferably one that can house the i*pad nicely.) But I'm a lucky gal, I really don't want for *stuff* much this year.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, I know we've got only 12 days until your big event and I'm sure things have reached a frenetic pace up there in the North Pole. As always, you'll find some treats for you and your reindeer crew by the tree... and even something to bring back to the elves this year. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Yours Truly, Christine

PS - Spencer wants me to remind you that he wants his motorcycle to be blue. ;-)