Sunday, December 21, 2008

Four more days. . .

I really should be working, but I'm having too much fun cruising around Blogland, reading posts, checking out some items I bid on at e-bay, and slipping into the kitchen for an occasional Christmas cookie . . . where Hubs is making up another batch of rum cakes and they smell soooo good. If I work today, I won't have to tomorrow. And then I'm on a self-imposed two-week vacation. I have procrastination down to a science. When I really can't bring myself to put off working anymore, I shuffle papers, and then remember that the laundry needs to be switched, so I get up and do that, passing through the kitchen to check on the rum cake operation.

I've decided that keeping up with the holidays is really a piece of cake. It's doing it AND keeping up with the rest of the housekeeping that makes it difficult. Yesterday, I watched my daughter run up and down an indoor soccer field, wearing one black sock and one pink one. It's a good thing it's just an informal, 5-week intermural league, as she wasn't called for being out of uniform. One of the other parents thought that she was just showing her unique sense of style. Poor thing, I'll bet she keeps up with her laundry and HER kids never wear mismatched socks.

Other than the fact that none of us has anything clean to wear (I'm working on it though), we really are ready for the Big Day. I have a few more gifts to wrap, some grocery shopping to do. Last night, we broke into a gift basket from a family friend, made the soup and the bread for supper, then went to look at Christmas lights. Luke drove, Em sat in the way-back of the Jeep with the dog, and Joe opted to stay home. I think we're starting to wear on him, and he needed a break from us. Four more weeks at home, Joe! We'll try to behave;)

How are all of your preparations going?

10 comments:

Melissa said...

Your day sounds like a day here at Sunbonnet Cottage.

I wanted to let you know that tomorrow I will be posting your award.

Thank you again and may you have a relaxing and happy Sunday.

Melissa

Kim said...

Sounds like a great day! I so know what you mean about keeping up with the other non-Christmas tasks being so hard! The weather here is starting to wear on us non-midwestern Seattlites! It has been snowing here AGAIN for the past couple of hours....sigh...
I am off to start some chili in the crockpot and then back to sewing. I am giving up on any more baking--not really in the mood.
*smiles*
Kim

Oh, our college son gets tired of us too at times! ha ha! Eventually though, as he has gotten older (23 now!) I can sense he appreciates us and misses us and home more than he used to. Take heart!

Jen said...

Scott and I have one more stop tomorrow for 5 gift cards and to the pet store for a pish for Miller....I so hope you enjoy the holidays and I loved your meme....we were separated at birth.
I got your card the other day and just smiled from ear to ear....maybe one day we will meet...but until then friend...i enjoy emailing with you....Merry Christmas...i'll email you again before the big day!

Becky said...

You are making good use of your time. I mean, you can do laundry any old day, but you can only eat Christmas cookies and look at lights for another week or so.

We're doing well here. I am baking tomorrow since they are saying our high will only be 60.

Everything is bought and wrapped and decorated. My oldest comes home on Christmas Eve at some point. My second is working to close on Christmas Eve (Starbucks) so we may get creative and take our cookies to him and drink his coffee. We'll see.

Have a wonderful week, Karen. And a very Merry Christmas with your family.

Kim said...

Keep laughing at me! :) This past weeks weather has been just incredible. It is 4:00 and really coming down again--and blowing! Austen is supposed to start his new job tonight--and all I can say is thank goodness for a fearless Minnesota raised Dad and a 4 wheel drive vehicle because there is no way Austen could get himeself there!
OH--and thanks for the spirit award! I will post about it tonight along with some Christmas spirit pictures.

*smiles*
Kim

Joanne said...

We love driving around looking at the lights too. There's something so comforting seeing the homes decorated, the families snug inside. Of course, the snow only adds to the ambiance! We've gotten about 10 inches over the weekend.

BClark said...

You are doing all the right things, enjoying your family is at the top of the list. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. So, from these Clarks to you Clarks, Merry Christmas.

MissKris said...

Preparations? What preparations? HA! The older I get the less I do. I've been telling myself for the past week I need to get my Christmas cards done and I haven't even taken them out of the box yet. Oh well. Tho I did get out yesterday and finished my shopping. But I don't decorate any more. With taking care of my little grandsons full time I think to myself, why add more stress? Well, maybe 'stress' isn't the right word. Maybe it's more to 'get into', haha! We spend Christmas Day at our son's house. He and his wife really enjoy decorating so we enjoy THEIR efforts. For various reasons, the joy of Christmas get togethers went out the window years ago. I LOVE the spiritual aspect of the holiday, but for most of my adult years it's been a day to get thru and that's about it. For the first time in 33 years of marriage as of last Christmas, we actually got to spend Christmas the way WE'VE always wanted to spend it. With our kids and grandkids. It's a long, long story. But I'm not here to rain on anyone else's Christmas so I'll wish you and your loved ones a most blessed, peaceful, and safe holiday!

annie said...

I'm ready! :)

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

Well, the baking is done and the presents are bought and wrapped. Now we are just waiting in giddy anticipation...the kids can barely stand it. There are at the perfect age...

Xandra