Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Well, Christmas Day is winding down finally. It has been such a long day!

Scarlett was up four times last night-- again-- so, needless to say, I had no interest in getting up this morning. Hunter was up before seven bouncing off the walls and begging to go downstairs. We finally gave in at eight. We got Bug up and changed and called Grammie and Pop Pop on the web cam (it was 3am their time, but they insisted that they watch the kids unwrap their presents this year).

The kids, as usual, were spoiled rotten. It was so much fun watching my little ones open their gifts, especially Scarlett, now that she understands the whole present thing. I forgot how cool that is. She was so excited. Hunter, too, was beyond giddy-- even over the mouthwash in his stocking! He got everything he asked for and much more. I think both of the kids had a great day.

We were spoiled, too. Steve got me lovely fuzzy pj's (I am curled up in now), my favorite perfume, and the mermaid Pandora charm I wanted for my writing bracelet. I got him a Superman onesie, CK Be, and a few other treats. My parents went a bit overboard this year and gave us rather large gift cards to Amazon.

At first I was afraid to spend mine. Well, maybe not afraid, just hesitant. For once, I wanted to get something that really meant a lot to me, I didn't want to rush into getting the first thing I saw. My first purchase came before Christmas-- a blue tooth keyboard case for my tablet. Sadly, although it works wonderfully, it doesn't fit my Xoom 2. Rather than send it back, I ordered a smaller one and gave that one to Steve.

I didn't plan on spending anymore until well after Christmas... of course, then I found myself awake and bored at 4am. I did think about it, though, and I didn't spend all of the rest right then. I have already set myself four goals for 2014. Not resolutions, really, because God knows I never stick to them, just goals. I'll go into detail closer to NYE, but anyway, I spent the rest of my gift card over the next couple of days on things that will help toward each of those goals. I feel good about that. It's like I have already started to prepare.

I would be hard pressed to say what my favorite gift that I received is this year. I am pleased with every one. My favorites for the kids are the gorgeous Ariel Toddler Doll for Scarlett and the 'Write Your Own Storybook' book for Hunter. What was your favorite gift given or received this year?

Christmas Eve Eve!

Monday, 23 December 2013

Ah, 'tis the season for yummy treats! Tomorrow night I'll be making more gingerbread reindeer (the first batch were a big hit,  only no Skittles this time), peppermint meringues, and candy cane divinity.

Today, I made eggnog with a little whiskey. I used a new recipe I found on Pinterest and for the first time I have made eggnog without scrambling the eggs!  Yum! It is lovely on its own,  but also in coffee. I have had two eggnog lattes so far. I promised a friend that she could come by on her way home from work to try it and it is all I can do not to drink it all.

Eggnog is one of those love it or hate it things. I love it. What about you? Anyone else addicted to eggnog?

Time Out

Saturday, 21 December 2013

I blew off blogging last night in favour of eating gingerbread reindeer, drinking chardonnay, and chatting with an old friend. It was lovely! There is nothing quite like a good giggle and gossip to take away the stress of everyday life.

Around the holidays, things can get entirely too stressful. In fact, the closer we get to the big day, the less I look forward to it. In years passed,  I let it get the better of me. Not this year! This year I will take time for me!

I hope you are all finding a little time out this close to Christmas. Enjoy!

Just Another Manic Monday

Monday, 16 December 2013

Just to wind you up, let's get that song stuck in your head ;-).

Today has not been nearly as productive as last Monday. I got up an hour late. Yep. A whole hour. At least the kids were alright this morning. We didn't have any melt-downs or tantrums,  so that's something.

Now I am sat here at work, pretending to care about work, when all I want to do is nap. Of course, that is not going to happen. After all,  I have kids. And I'm about to be at home with them for two and a half weeks. Time to stock up on the Christmas movies and craft supplies!

At some point we will make cookies. I mean,  that is a given. Probably one of the things I miss the most about being at home for Christmas is the massive cookie-making binges I used to go on. I used to make at least five different kinds of cookies. These days I usually only make sugar cookies. This year, I plan to make gingerbread reindeer, (probably) sugar cookies, and once again I'll try my great Me-Maw's divinity. I try it every year and it never sets. Some day it will.

What are your favourite cookies to make at Christmas?

Bah Humbug

Friday, 13 December 2013

It's twelve sleeps until Christmas. Yay. Okay,  I'm not a total grinch. I'm just tired and broke. And things with my little man have become more complicated. I thought there was a light at the end of the tunnel. I thought we'd have a calm, quiet Christmas,  but it looks like that won't be the case after all.

I warned you that I'd be scarce in the weeks surrounding Christmas. So you won't be surprised to find that I have not blogged much. As soon as I wrap my head around what is going on at home, I'll fill you in. Until then, I'm going to get some sleep while I can. Night all.

Handmade Holidays

Monday, 9 December 2013

Money is tighter than ever this year and I have two kids to spoil. Bah humbug!

I'm going to try to make as many presents as possible for them. For three reasons,  really. First, I have no money. Second, I think handmade gifts are the nicest. And third, this is possibly the last year I can get away with it. My son is six, so he won't appreciate handmade gifts for much longer. 

It is proving to be difficult to find time to make gifts, though, and it's even harder to find things that my son would like that I can make. Dolls are a hit with my little girl (if only they didn't take me so long to make), but so far all I have for my son is a fort building kit. 

Looks like it's time to troll through Pinterest...


Friday, 6 December 2013

It's nearly Christmas. Good heavens that has gone fast! 

I'm sorry I've been a bit crap at blogging these last few weeks. I'm actually working my tail off making bows to sell at the Christmas Fair tomorrow in hopes of making enough money for Christmas presents. It's fun, though. Check out my little dress up crown in the picture above. Isn't it just the cutest?

So, yeah. Around this time I tend to go quiet while I get ready for the big day. I promise to blog when I can and get back to normal (well, ok, I've never actually been normal, but you know what I mean) as soon as possible. I'm sure you are all running around getting ready, too.

Happy holiday preparations, everyone!!

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