Note: this post was obviously written awhile back. I wanted to get it out while it was still 2011! Happy New Year everyone! 🙂
Getting ready for the holidays while working full time and raising a baby and a three year old is a little hectic. Ok, A LOT hectic. I really have to put my OCD, clean-freak tendencies aside as my house sits in a state of disaster. Weekends are a whirlwind of activities, laundry, grocery shopping, meal preparing, holiday decorating, card envelope licking (really, could they put a better tasting flavor on those?? ick!), nose wiping, diaper changing, cold coffee sipping, Christmas tree getting and decorating kinds of things. Whew. It’s exhausting.
Last weekend we had plans to get the tree on Saturday, but it rained all day. (Yup…rain….still no snow in these parts!) So after a morning of advent calendar opening and lounging around in our snowman jammies and santa hats….
we went to our town’s pancake breakfast instead. Still plenty of holiday festivities there. Even the man in red made an appearance. It was the kids first encounter with Santa. M was unfazed, but S wasn’t about to sit on his lap. She inched in for pic and that was as close as she got.
Sunday as the only day left to get the tree. The parking lot was a mud pit. People were slipping and sliding all over the place, but we managed to bundle everyone up and select “the” tree.
S thought it was pretty neat that the tree was on the roof of our car and had fun hanging up the ornaments this year. I think she asked “Is this fragile?” for every one.
We kind of “cheated” St. Nick’s visit this year and had him come on Saturday night so the kids could enjoy looking through their stocking on Sunday morning without having to rush off to school. Myles had fun eating his stocking (look at that pre-haircut mop!).
So, we are somehow managing to get ready for Christmas. I’m not sure how the last-minute gift shopping and present wrapping is going to happen, but we’ll figure out something. It’s a fun time of year and I plan to focus on that. S is enjoying the special things about Christmas even more this year. And we are milking the “nice list” for all it’s worth.
Just a few of my favorite things this year are this ornament I made from a pinterest idea. It was rather difficult to get this result, but I’m glad I made the attempt.
The other thing I’m loving is our mantle with our family stockings. Now that our family is complete, I was so excited to purchase a set of stockings with all of our names on them. I also got a really good deal on them, buying them off-season, so that makes them even more special to me. I love looking at the kids’ stockings and smiling at their names side-by-side. We are so lucky to have Miss S and Mr. M in our lives!