I have been feeling decidedly under the weather for the last several days. I'm sure it will pass soon and I'll be up waaaayy above the weather soon.
Despite my not-quite-100% self, we managed to accomplish many significant tasks this weekend. First and foremost, I decluttered the playroom in anticipation of many holiday additions. Three large boxes of trash, broken pieces, toys with missing pieces, cheap fast food meal toys, broken crayons, bits of chalk, old art projects: GONE. It's strange--there's actually bare carpet in there now!
We also cleaned up a bit all over and Brendan and the kids put up some new light-up snowmen and candy canes along our front walk. Cute. Morgan calls them snowma'ams.
I addressed the vast majority of my Christmas cards. I love doing Christmas cards and always did them, even before we had little cutie pie pictures to include. My favorite card I ever sent out (before the kids, of course) is this one by Edward Gorey. I learned that it was an excellent test of kindred spirits--some recipients got the joke right away and others never did. I still giggle whenever I behold its charms.
Anyway, this year, our cards feature the aforementioned cutie pies, taken at my friend's house on Thanksgiving, fortunately prior to the collar bone debacle. I am enjoying being nearly finished (just got to get stamps). I'm not quite finished, because there are the inevitable questionable addresses I need to verify because our vast extended family tends to be somewhat nomadic. This year, I will send cards to these states: GA, VA, TX, IL, IN, FL, MA, WI, MN, AZ, CA, NY, OR, PA, MT, OH and MI. Also, I'll send one to Japan to Brendan's cousin who is there for a couple of years. If I can figure out how to do that, of course. And I'd love to expand my list of states, so if you represent one of the missing ones, and would like my children's faces to brighten up your holiday season (now and forevermore), let me know!
We are really getting into the Christmas spirit around here. Yesterday, we began our LEGO City Advent Calendar, which everyone is excited about, of course! So far, we have a fireman peopleguy and a set of fireman peopleguy tools (axe, walkie talkie, and storage container). Can't wait to find out what we get next! I mentioned to the kids the other day that since it's now officially The Christmas Season, it's nice to say "Merry Christmas!" to people. You know, friendly-like. This has resulted in the children spreading the glad tidings repeatedly to the cats. Only they say "Happy Christmas!" which I suppose is an homage to our English roots. Or they've possibly been watching some British television, such as AbFab or Monty Python (my faves). Still, very sweet. The cats seem to like it.
I guess we'll start decorating in earnest this week. I hope I feel up to it! My other major holiday plans include making some Christmas cookies (closer to Christmas, though), finishing my gift purchases (63% there), watching some classic Christmas movies, such as A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Christmas Story, White Christmas, It's A Wonderful Life (yes), Frosty, Rudolph, Meet Me in St. Louis, and The Grinch about 97 more times. Oh, and I have to batten down the hatches in preparation for a grandparental visit. I believe that if we can do all of those things, we'll have a very enjoyable holiday season.