Wait, It’s Still November?

November 29, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Seriously, I feel so stressed about the holidays that I can’t believe it’s not even December yet. I feel like Christmas is next week and I am totally not prepared! Okay, breathe. It’s actually still 26 days until Christmas. 26 DAYS! Yikes!

I need to order Christmas cards. I need to actually see the family photos we had taken before I can order cards. Both boys have gifted projects due in the next week. I need to get the house cleaned up so I can decorate. I need to start baking. I have to exercise every day! I have to volunteer at the school. I have to run three times a week. I need to finish (or maybe start) shopping. I need to do laundry (well, I always need to do laundry). I need to stop stressing.

Okay, I feel better now. We did actually start a little decorating.

I still haven’t unearthed the tree topper (it’s Mickey Mouse) or the tree skirt, but at least we got all the ornaments hung. I had some elves that helped me.

And a four-footed elf who had to be in the middle of everything. Chewie always gets so excited when something unusual is going on, like suddenly erecting a tree in the corner of the dining room.

The boys always enjoy going through all the ornaments. We don’t have one of those beautiful Martha Stewart trees. We have a tree covered in Hallmark ornaments from our own childhoods, and ones Chad and I actually made as children, and ones that have been gifts to us and to the boys through the years. We have ornaments made by the boys. It’s just a total hodge-podge, but we like it that way. We have a collection of about twenty Star Trek ornaments that my sister has given us every year since Chad and I got engaged.

They are my favorites. They have cool lights and sounds. Unfortunately, these few were all that I could hang this year because they are battery operated. The others have to be plugged into the light string and our new lights are LED, so the bulb sockets don’t match the older ornaments. I’m on the hunt for a small black Christmas tree that I can string with old-style white lights and have it be a total Star Trek tree. Doesn’t that sound cool? Well, it does to me. Has anyone ever seen a small, black Christmas tree?

My favorite Star Trek ornament is this Deep Space 9 docking station with six tiny Federation ships (well, one Klingon Bird of Prey, but they were trading partners and occasional allies of the Federation so…oh, sorry…Star Trek tangent).

Next year, I vow to get the Christmas decorations out of storage as soon as Halloween is over. I vow to start the gifted projects the day after the assignments come home. I vow to nail down the Christmas card early in November. I vow to stay on top of the laundry. Oh, who am I kidding?

Smells Like Christmas

November 27, 2010 at 5:47 pm

I baked my first holiday goody this morning!

Okay, that looks like a big turd, but it’s actually pumpkin-nutella bread and it is so yummy. I got the recipe from Krissieb on her food blog called “Growl in My Tummy”. You can check out the recipe (and her better photos) here.

Last night we went to the annual Christmas tree lighting in downtown St. Petersburg. I remember going to the tree lighting with babies wrapped in fuzzy footed onesies. Some years it is freezing, but this year it was balmy. We met up with my neighbor and BFF Valarie and her son Joey. First stop, as has been the tradition the last few years, was the Radio Disney kiosk where they play Disney hits and do little contests. The first thing they heard was the Taio Cruz song “Dynamite”. Cal has a parody of that song on Flipnotes on his DSi that he sings constantly, so the boys all started dancing and singing the parody.

Then it was the hoola hoop contest. They did two rounds and Mack was in the first round. Both of the older boys were in the second round. Mack was pretty impressive. Apparently he’s been practicing in secret (but we don’t own a hoola hoop).

Nobody won a contest, but they gave it a good try. After the hoola-hooping it was just about time for the tree lighting, so we weaved through the crowd to stand pretty close.

And pretty soon, Voila! It’s Christmastime!

After they lit the tree we wandered around a bit to see the other light installations in North Straub Park.

When we got home it was bedtime for the boys, but after brushing and flossing I yanked out Mack’s first loose baby tooth!

So the tooth fairy has been to our house twice in the last week or so and the boys have money burning a hole in their wallets again. I’m trying to convince them to just save it until after Christmas, but I doubt they’ll be able to stand it. Greedy kids!

Well, it’s definitely Christmastime now. We just put up our tree (artificial) and I am being begged to start decorating it. I am happy to report that I had one tiny sliver of pumpkin-nutella bread with my breakfast this morning and it is definitely fit for gifting (some of you lucky locals are getting one!). Also, this morning I burned 400 calories on the elliptical, took a yoga class and went for a run. Check out my new “Still Running” page :) So I’m still being Healthy for the Holidays.