Monday, December 21, 2009

Jolly old Saint Nicholas, lean your ear this way! Don't you tell a single soul what I'm going to say:

Christmas Eve is coming soon;
now, you dear old man
Whisper what you'll bring to me;
tell me if you can.

When the clock is striking twelve,
when I'm fast asleep
Down the chimney, broad and black,
with your pack you'll creep
All the stockings you will find
hanging in a row
Mine will be the shortest one,
you'll be sure to know

Taylor likes it when I sing this song to her.  She is very excited about her stocking.  As she should be, Santa informed me that she is getting some good stuff this year!  I, on the other hand, are not getting a stocking.  We didn't even hang any for grown-ups this year.  I am just fine with this, it means I can focus on celebrating my kids, I love that!

First off, Happy Winter everyone!  Second, I apologize, but this will be a short post.  You see, in a few minutes I have to get ready to go decorate cookies.  And as you know, cookies must take precedence over...well pretty much everything!

I think I have everything gottened (yes, I am claiming that word today) Except green beans, I need those.  So a trip to the grocery store might be in order today just for green beans.  Two kids bundled and hustled, a lot of trouble for forgetting green beans.  But what can be done, I promised I would be in charge of green beans, so green beans must be gottened!

It has been a good couple weeks.  We are settling into "normal," boxes are slowing being emptied and our garage sale pile is growing.  This is a good thing!  Although I am very aware that there is little time for a garage sale at the moment, and it has been pretty cold and rainy, and we are at a terrible location for it now.  So I have to decide if I want to go through with the garage sale, or just make a sizable donation to a thrift store.   Hmmm, a garage sale would mean a little more money in our new TV fund, but is it worth the work?  I will make that decision later, at the moment I want to focus on Christmas!

I attempted to wrap presents last night, some good friends were staying the night and we were watching a movie together, perfect chance right?  After all the organizing work (and making sure everything marked "stocking" would actually fit) I only managed to get about 25% of it wrapped.  Now, I have plans for all the evenings between now and Christmas Eve.  When exactly am I going to finish this?  Ah well, it will happen somehow!

I apologize, I have no pictures this week - I promise to make it up by writing a delicious Christmas post next week full of pictures and re-caps. including what my children have taught me about Christmas.  I have been terrible at writing down their witty remarks lately, I will remedy that! 

Another thing I am excited about?  I have decided to brave Target the day after Christmas.  I plan on getting there pretty early and taking full advantage of after Christmas sales.  I want to get wrapping paper and some generic Christmas tree bulbs for next year's tree.   Oh, and for those who are interested, kitchen gadgets and patio furniture are on clearance at the moment there.  Some patio stuff is already at 75% off.  I am watching a wooden bench, would love to have a nice place to sit in the back yard!  I am expecting home repairs/accessories to go on clearance soon - as well as the quarterly home decor.  It is also almost the time of year for baby clearance.  Hit it up mid-January.  Wow, weird that I will have no use for baby clearance items.  I will be shopping for my sister though!  Lorien, remind me and I will get a list of things from you that you could use and then I will keep an eye on everything for you. 

Ah me, Ayla just found and emptied the wipes container.  You would think eventually I would learn not to leave it in her reach! 

Sounds like our house-guests are awake.  And we need to start getting ready for cookie decorating! 

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

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