We have two kids home from college. The son arrived Wednesday and the daughter was due to make her grand appearance sometime Thursday, but her ride fell through (so Mommy Dearest drove to her college town and brought her home after my work day ended).....that means more food needed in the refrigerator and less time to shop for it.
The Christmas cards have all been addressed (that's early for this procrastinator extraordinaire), but the annual letter is still a work in progress. Oh, and I haven't gotten to the post office to buy the necessary Christmas-themed stamps.
|A preview of our Christmas cards....|
|UGH! The numbers don't lie.....173 unread (and unanswered) emails awaiting my "free time".....|
So, I have been MIA from the blogging universe this week...what else have I been doing?
|I have been a knitter since I was a kid, most of my creations are from original patterns I design myself. This is a pic of some wrist warmers.|
|Adult coloring books are the latest craze, and I have jumped on the bandwagon|
|Turtle Treats....one of my favorites!|
|I had the bright idea of doing the Elf on a Shelf game at work, which means I have been going in early to hide the Elf every morning...|
Alas, all the details of Christmas are there because I choose them. I have learned that a lot of the extra details are not necessary and most are not missed (by others) if those details are not present. As our kids have gotten older, they don't share in my enthusiasm for decking the halls....and my enthusiasm is starting to fade as well. I still do the decorations, just not as many.
There are a few things I have let slide....for example, some of the "extras" regarding our decorations. Heck, I love the decorations as much as the next person, but it's usually ME who does most of the work and it's ME who has to take everything down and stash it away come January. My solution? I don't put as many ornaments on the tress as I used to do.....and honestly, you cannot tell from the outside, so it's all good.
|This is the tree in the family room....lighted and adorned with ribbon.|
|What this tree does have, though, is the hand-made tree skirt. I have traced the kids' hands every year (since 2002) and sewed them onto the skirt and embroidered their names or initials.|
|Some times the streak runs don't happen until 9:00PM, but they are getting done regardless|
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