It’s amazing how quickly life intervenes and prevents you from getting anywhere. During the two weeks Damon was home from work, we got an incredible amount done… The house boxed up and moved, beginning to set up the new place… but now that he’s back at work, we’re lucky to get a box unpacked every day. With work, school, birthday parties, and ballet recitals? It’s tough to find time for anything else.
It’s a little frustrating. I’d really like to have the house free of boxes rather shortly. I don’t want to go into the holiday season amidst piles of stuff.
So here’s something cute. 🙂 The girl had her very first ballet recital today. Granted, it was an early introduction class for 3, 4, and 5 year olds – so there wasn’t much to it. But it was cute just the same. Here’s the video her Daddy took:
I don’t know about you, but I could use another couple of weeks before December. YIKES! How on Earth did it jump from November 10th to November 25th so quickly? Way too many holiday projects are about to become due in no time flat. I had plans to make our own little advent calendar for the girl, but I’m now wondering if I’ll have time to do all the sewing I’d planned to. I may just have to cut some corners and find little pre-made baggies to put each days “treasure” in. LOL Well, either way, I’ll get something put together.
For now I intend to put on some super comfy warm holiday themed PJs, pop on a show, grab a puppy or two, something yummy to snack on, maybe my husband, and cuddle into the bed. The temperature drop today definitely says “holiday’s a’comin”, and rather than pump the furnace into high gear just yet, I’m retreating for the coziness of a very full bed. 😉
Well… looks like the holiday season has come and gone.
First we bid a goodbye to Yule. Then it was so long Christmas Eve. Followed by a fare thee well to Christmas. A “don’t care where ya go, but you can’t stay here” to Boxing Day. Then today it was our family feast of leftovers… See ya next year!
It was a gooder, full of fond memories (and some crummy breaks too – gotta love a holiday car accident). The holiday season of 2011 will be generally looked back upon with joy. And here’s a little scrapbooking layout sharing a wee bit of our Christmas morning:
Pictures, beginning at the top left, are of: Riki, Jewles and the kid, Ron, Wilson and kid kid, my Dad and Lily-Ann, Lily and Marie, my Mom and her grandgal, and finally Steven and Lil’. Not pictured but also present (get it? present?) were myself and Damon. Not present, but loved none the less, my brothers Aaron and Earl.
Penguin 1st Christmas kit by Peekaboo Designs, available at Polka Dot Plum here:
Gifts are a funny thing to get your head around when you’re four. There’s a whole lotta rules associated with them. Including the dreaded “must keep it a secret” rule.
Keeping something of that excitement level from someone you love is flipping hard! A fact evidenced by my daughters level of secret-keeping when it come to her father. A gift for anyone else? No problem. She can keep that secret. But a gift for her Dad? Not on your life.
I had thought we were doing really well. She knew back in November what she wanted to buy Damon for Yule… and I knew it was something we’d never find locally. So we began our online crusade for this holy grail. We hit big chain websites, we hit small merchants, we hit etsy, and ebay… all the standbys. And we found exactly what she was looking for. We actually spent about a week browsing through online shop after online shop – and she kept it a secret during all that time. We ordered the item, and waited for it to arrive. And still her secret she kept. She did great! Right up until the day the package arrived.
“Daddy I got you something to hold toothpicks!”
Damon returns this announcement with shocked silence. Me on the other hand? I burst out with “Lily!?!? That was a secret!”
“It’s okay Mom, I didn’t tell him what colour it is or how it works.”
And then today, when we got back from picking up a piece of what I’d been planning for the last month… she lets that surprise slip too. We had picked up a couple other pieces we’d had printed at the same time, and with her Dad right there (and knowing the third item was a Yule gift for him) she asks “…but Mom, where’s the other one?”
“Lily-Ann… shhh… the other one is a present for Daddy.”
“…but where’s the one of us all where we look like pirates?”
Again Damon greets this with stunned silence.
So, like I said. The politics of presents can be tough to master… especially when the gift is something you find really exciting and it’s for someone you love.
Sorry Damon. Guess the cat is out of the bag, on both accounts.
I’ve shared in the past a little about our funny little half a fake tree wall hanging, and why we love it in spite of it’s intense oddness. You can read all about it here: https://td365.wordpress.com/2010/12/21/the-yule-tree/
Normally I like to put the kind-of-a-tree up on Yule. It’s part of our celebration… but the girlie has been asking to do so for a couple of weeks already, so I figure it’s something worth bending on. 🙂 And this year, instead of just photographing it, we decided to do a couple little iPad videos – each one is only about 30 seconds long, so give them a click and take a peek.
Organizing Ornaments: After putting on the garlands, we always sit down and dig all the tiny ornaments out of the tins, organizing them as we go.
Trimming the Tree: Here’s kid-kid. She did the majority of the trimming herself this year. I helped with about 1/3 of the ornaments, but only when asked. She was having sooo much fun doing it, that I wanted to save as many as possible for her.
We Wish You a Merry Christmas!: When we were all finished, Lily-Ann wanted to do one last video. So here she is singing (unrehearsed) a little carol. And I must say, I think this years tree is the best yet. All thanks to my awesomerific kid! 😀
We are on the eve of my husband’s last week of holidays from work. This is the last chance to get renovations and cleaning done before Winter comes. I have high hopes for what can be accomplished… or, rather… what MUST be accomplished this week.
We’ve been living amidst piles these last months in preparation for this week of “time off”. We’ve gotten toys boxed up, the kitchen mostly pulled apart, and furniture ready to be moved. It’s my hope to reinvent two of the main floor rooms completely. Turning one into a living room, and one into an office with dedicated workstations for all three of us. The kitchen simply needed to be torn apart to make it function better (even if we aren’t really adding anything new to it).
I love living in a small house, but it definitely offers challenges. The main one we face right now, is that there isn’t enough space to accomplish any changes indoors once the weather turns cold. We need to be able to utilize our outside space in order to get these renovations completed. So time is working against us.
Wish us luck.
A week may seem like a lot, but when you get down to the nitty gritty, a week can be easily frittered away (that can’t be right, did I just mix my metaphors again?) LMAO