I haven’t done a good old-fashioned update in a while, so let’s get back on track with some holiday ‘confessions’.
// I recently ordered my Christmas cards, which means they’ll get sent out by Christmas… hopefully. One year I sent them so late I had to call them New Years cards, but they arrived after New Years. Whoops. Actually, that’s pretty typical of me. One of my best friends had a birthday in October and I still have her card sitting on my desk.
// I don’t do Elf On The Shelf and I never will.
// I am also never going to tell Clara & Isabelle that Santa is always watching them, because I think that’s creepy. Isn’t the fact that God is watching them enough?!
// I prefer white lights to the multi-colored lights.
// I don’t have any ornaments on my tree and I don’t think I’ll be adding any this year.
// I’m SO glad we bought our tree right after Thanksgiving this year. A few years ago (the only other time Tim and I got our own tree) we waited until December 23rd to get one and the whole ordeal was really depressing. I will probably never get over it.
// I’m done Christmas shopping for the girls, except I actually don’t think I bought Isabelle anything. Does she need Christmas gifts this year?! Actually, we didn’t buy Clara anything for her first or second Christmas and she doesn’t seem too bothered… Please don’t judge me too harshly.
// I keep seeing pictures of snow on my Facebook feed because the Midwest just got its first snowfall and everyone is (evidently) very excited! I was tempted to be jealous, but then I remembered how cold winter is in Chicago and I quickly embraced the 48 degree, snowless day we’re having here in Seattle. I guess if I want snow, I’ll drive the 45 minutes to the mountains to get my fix. (We actually did that a few days ago and it was really fun!)
// I bought a lot of things
on around Black Friday (online) but most of it was clothes for me and Tim and not a whole lot of presents were purchased. But I mean, that J.Crew sale was amazing so of course I had to take advantage! However, these Black Friday deals now last about 2 weeks. I don’t even think I bought anything on the actual day! Not that I’m complaining, but it just seems to me that the deals are almost the same at any time of year and Black Friday isn’t all that special. Wah wah.
// I never got into the Christmas spirit before I had kids because I was turned off by the commercialism, but now I truly see the holiday differently. Yes, I still buy my loved ones presents, but what I REALLY love is showing Clara all of the Christmas trees, lights, reindeer, decorations, introducing her to new characters like Rudolph and Santa and Frosty, and listening to Christmas carols together as a family. We read Polar Express and other holiday books and we have an Advent calendar… it’s so fun! I just need to get my hands on a children’s story about the birth of Jesus so we can read about what Christmas is actually about. But until then, Frosty will do.
// My new favorite Starbucks drink is the Holiday Spiced Flat White. OH-MY-YUM. It is so good.
// I fully plan on starting a diet and budget in January. Along with the rest of the universe.
That’s all I have for right now!
This is my first full week with Tim back at work. Wish me luck.