Christmas is coming faster and faster every day. I don't know why R hasn't put an updated post-it on the monitor, but she has been keeping me updated on how many more days we have. The Christmas lists are being perfected. I'm beginning to see more of the Fed Ex, UPS and mail carriers. We should all be on a first name basis by the time the big day rolls around. And, to make matters worse, I haven't even put a dent in the shopping. It will get done though - with you as my witnesses, it will get done!
Last night R and I went to our local card store. (I don't know if I can mention their name or not - anybody know?) We LOVE our local card store. The staff is terrific and treats us like we are their only customers, which we know we are not - not by a long shot. I guess if you spend so much there every year and have one of their 'store cards', you can be invited to a special open house. It's always the night before their big holiday weekend sale in November. You feel kind of special because it's by invitation only and you have to show your invitation to get through the door. It was cold - which helped get us into the spirit of the season. We got there, flashed our invitations and in we went. I had to buy some birthday and Thanksgiving cards (yes, I send Thanksgiving cards to some people - get off my case) so I headed there first. R was ready to hit the seasonal stuff, so she stuck with me for a minute or two and then couldn't take it another minute. Off she went to check out the ornaments. It didn't take long before we had to get a basket to hold the goods. She gets RL and I ornaments every year from certain collections and she always gets her Barbie ornament, so they went into the basket. Then I had to get the ornament that L always gets R for a gift. (I am his official elf, so I had to take care of that. R looked away in her discreet manner while I dropped it in the basket.) From there it was to see all the advertised specials and to pick out which ones we wanted to buy. We bought way too much, but did manage to get quite a few gifts that we wanted to get. Then - to top it all off - the goody bags! We get the greatest goody bags from them if we spend a certain amount - no problem there. We never know what we'll get, but it's always great! This year was no exception. We got some special edition ornaments and the cutest little penguin bowl. We went out to the car and started looking at our goody bags, getting more and more excited about our 'first Christmas gifts' when R gets the idea to turn on the radio. Guess what was on???? Christmas music! November 2nd and Christmas music was playing! R is ready! But then again, she starts lobbying for a Christmas tree before Halloween. No telling how she'll celebrate the holidays when she has a place of her own. She'll probably have a tree up all year long. We went by Mom and Daddy's to share our loot and visit for a while and then back home. What exciting thing were our guys doing when we got home? They were watching Lara Croft. I can't say that I blame them. They probably enjoyed that a whole lot more than if we had made them come along with us. Nah, there's no probably to it - I know they enjoyed it more!
I've been trying to make some of the gifts we give at Christmas too. I decided to make pillow cases for the little kids next door. Sounds boring, I know, but I'm trying to use themes they will like. For the little girl, I got some really busy mermaid fabric. For her brother, I got a dinosaur print since he loves dinosaurs. Did I mention he loves dinosaurs? I should have said he loves dinosaurs. I want to include books with the pillowcases, but don't know what to include. Any ideas?
It's time to close for now and put the Halloween decorations in the attic. While I'm up there, I'll exchange them for the Thanksgiving decorations. Since I access the attic through Ls room, he asked if I could just save him the aggravation of cleaning so I can get to the attic and get the Christmas decorations out too. I don't think so! Leave it to a guy to by logical!
Happy Birthday to our nephew in Iraq! Be safe, we love you and try to enjoy your b'day!
Our nephew is moving across the country this weekend. He's been transferred by his company to California. He's very, very excited. I'm nervous, but very happy for him. We should all get to do something we want to do from time to time, right? So, be careful as you travel - enjoy your new job - and know that we love you very much!