It always seems that time just zips by after Halloween, just as that last bit of sand in the hourglass seems to fall faster than the first.
I have done none of my holiday shopping--NONE! Which is not like me at all and I'm beginning to feel the pressure. Think it'll be a Gift Card kind of year. Personally, I like getting gift cards--they are small and non-cluttery, and give me options. I really liked using the Bed, Bath, and Beyond gift card last April to buy something I needed for the kitchen. Christmas gets spread out all year long! But I realize that many people (possibly some people in my family) view gift cards as impersonal. This year, I'm thinking of that saying about the mouths of gift horses.
I need to get Christmas card pictures done. I have something for each child to wear and it's all color-coordinated and stuff, which is hard (for me) to do with kids of different genders. We're going up to the cabin next weekend to relax and decorate it for the holidays. I think that will be a perfect setting for their Christmas card pictures this year, don't you?
My parents, sis and bro-in-law, and possibly brother are coming here this year for Thanksgiving. While I am of course glad not to be traveling, having people here involves some planning and effort. I have a tentative menu and I know I'll have lots of help making the food, so why am I stressing? Actually, I'm only doing some low-level stress about it--perhaps residual habitual stress from all of those years when I STRESSED about the holidays. I have definitely learned to chill since having kids. It's just difficult to go out shopping with all of The People--thank the gods for the internet! I can pre-order my turkey and other meats from my butcher online and just schedule a time to go pick it up. Super yay.
I'd like to take Sean to see Santa--did you know Santa is already at the mall? Well, he is! We have a cute picture of Ryan as a baby seeing Santa. Ryan wore the very same outfit Brendan wore when he saw Santa as a baby. So I think we'll have Sean wear it, too. (Morgan had her very own cute Santa outfit.) The older kids will refuse to see Santa, which is fine. Although I'm a bit concerned that Ryan will try to engage the poor man in a debate as to whether he's real and/or alive. :o)
Even before Thanksgiving, we have so much going on. There's ballet pictures for Morgan (that's today). Our friends are getting married in a couple of weeks (yay!) and Ryan and Morgan are in the wedding peopleguy party (ring bearer peopleguy and flower girl peopleguy). I need to get outfits for them and a fancy hat for me. The wedding should be lots and lots of fun, and the kids are very keen on participating. Also on the schedule, my birthday, which I've decided needs celebrating over the course of several days, possibly a week. It's not a milestone birthday, but I don't care. :o) And holiday decorating and baking for Thanksgiving and somehow the house needs to be presentable. Although I must be honest and say that while I'm not satisfied with the amount of clutter at any given moment, I have developed a certain ability to keep things hovering at about where they currently are without allowing them to devolve into complete chaos. So that's nice.
On top of everything else, I have a sick baby (ear infection), a very ill grandfather to be concerned about, an HEIR board meeting tomorrow, reading and history lessons, child chaffeuring, a new government which needs monitoring, some blog-related developments which I'll talk about later, and some creative/business venturey ideas which need working on (one is food allergy-related).
Now that I've listed everything under the sun I need to do, don't you think it's funny that I've taken the time to write on the blog? I do! This blog is really beneficial to my mental well-being. The stress I was feeling when I began this post is now pretty much gone and I'm very happy to live such a full and interesting life with lots of exciting happenings going on at all times.
Complete non-sequitur: Can anyone recommend a WWII movie that would be appropriate for my 6.5 year old? Ideally, such a movie would show lots of Nazis getting wiped out (although movies set in the Pacific theater would be considered). I'm thinking something made in the 50s--where there are lots of explosions and action but not the graphic violence of Saving Private Ryan. Thanks!