I love the Christmas season.
Celebrating the Christmas season with my family has been helping me keep a positive perspective on life! At our house Christmas is about Christ and the spirit of love and giving. This year I wanted to do something to countdown the days until Christmas. We have things on our list for every single day and talk about what Christmas really means. I made up 25 days of songs, movies, Bible verses, books, and activities to help us remember the reason the season and hung the countdown on the wall.
When I remember all that Christmas means, I remember the things that are most important in my life, my faith and my family.
Honestly some times I forget that Andy is just turning 4 next month. There are times that he talks to me about different things and I feel like I must be the mother of a teenager. Yesterday while we were making crafts for grandparents and friends he reverted back to his almost 4-year-old self. Our craft involved stickers that Andy and Joshua had picked out. Andy picked out food stickers . . . one of which was a hotdog. The whole process went something like this . . .Andy would pick a sticker and tell me where he wanted to put it. He picked a hotdog and wanted me to put in on his face! The hotdog was big enough to cover his entire face and I advised against it and we agreed to put the hotdog in the corner of the photo. While I was helping Joshua place butterflies around his photo Andy moved the hotdog and guess what??? He put it over his face! I had to peel it carefully and then I had to buff the sticker goo off but I saved it!
The Christmas cards are mailed! Christmas crafts started. Christmas gifts are wrapped. Andy wanted our kitchen to be a “Christmas kitchen” so I made paper snowflakes to put up along our wall. The Christmas program and candlelight service is tonight and I hope that Andy sings! He has had a lot of practice! The countdown to Christmas continues!
I can’t believe that Christmas is 8 days away. I still have tons to do, and I only have a couple things done. I have Christmas cards and I have photos printed to put in the Christmas cards. I have the kids Christmas shopping done. I have not addressed my cards. I have not gotten stamps. I have not wrapped a single thing. I don’t have the laundry done. I never have the laundry done who am I kidding? I love a friend’s name for her laundry. She calls it her “nemesis,” and that pretty much sums up what the laundry is for me! I still need to find a gift for James. I still want to make some little things. I really wanted to craft a little bowling set for the kids from plastic bottles that I saved. A trip to Hobby Lobby is required for some “gesso” so that paint will stick to the plastic. I bought a plain long sleeve t-shirt to personalize for Eliana. I’m thinking about painting little birds and writing Little Sister on it. I need to place my order for the free calendar that I made through Vista Print. I still have to pay shipping and I discovered they have an awesome deal for printing business cards. Yesterday I managed to break two of the three drawers of Joshua’s dresser. I think it’s pitiful that “they” don’t make furniture like they used to . . . the front of Joshua’s dresser drawers WERE held on with little flimsy plastic bracket pieces and all 4 pieces on one drawer snapped and 2 on the other snapped in the same day! I need to figure out if I can fix the drawers some how and it might require power tools and I am not handy with power tools. I am tempted just to use duct tape! It’s good for everything right? Not having a place to put away Joshua’s clothes is not helping with the laundry by the way, as if I need another excuse not to put the clean laundry away. If I don’t get the bowling set or calendar before Christmas I know that can use them as gifts for Andy birthday! His birthday is January 17th and the final birthday in the August through January celebrations. That reminds me I need to start planning his party!!! Ahhhh!!!! Ready of not Christmas is coming!