I am one to just nearly kill myself leading up to Christmas, running around and trying to get everything done, only to almost collapse by the end of the year. Yes, that is my way.
I am not the only one...I know you all out there are just running yourselves ragged to make a prefect Christmas. I feel your pain. It's not just Christmas though, it's that "end of the year review" feeling.
Something about the reflecting back on the year stresses me out. I look back at things not done, not accomplished, not finished and I just want to fire myself as CEO of the Mrs. Company.
This year rather than setting up a bunch on unrealistic expectations for myself in 2009 (climb Mt. Everest while wearing new Bonanos). I am trying to look at what fun I could have in 2009.
One thing I like to do in life is miss the fun while I am running around planning the hell out of everything. This year I have but one resolution. Slow down and enjoy life! I am going to have more fun over function. More passion over purpose.
Mrs. Newsreadin'over at Breaking Newspulled a WHAMMY! A good old fashioned Christmas miracle!!! She contacted a friend at Target corporate and somehow got hubby his Target flask. She is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As you can tell hubby was insanely happy and surprised. I think he had a coronary.
Thank you so much Mrs. News Readin'....now fork over your address so I can properly reward you with a prize!
Amanda tagged me to share 6 random holiday traditions/facts about my Christmases. I don't know how random these are but we'll see!
1. We always got a real Christmas tree. ALWAYS. We also only used ornaments we've collected over the years. It was like going through a scrapbook opening them every year! Now hubby and I give an ornament to each other each year and do the same thing! Ps no tinsel or colored lights cause mom thought it was too tacky!
2. We still do Santa Claus for my sister and nieces and nephews...hello they are in their 20's and 30's!
3. My sister and I hide gifts and try to be the person with the last present!
4. I snoop. I look for gifts. I am awful but hey it's my tradition!
5. When we started having Christmases in Vermont we'd go cut down our own tree. Whichever tree the dog would pee on was the winner!!!
6. Every year we make home made Christmas cookies and every year I eat half the dough. I am serious!!!
I am tagging:
Nautical By Nature Mommyvents Diapers to Designs and Weasels Journey!
I ran into Carnie Wilson at my OB's office yesterday (baby girl is doing great!). She is the nicest person I swear. Especially because at first I thought she was Ricki Lake (and told her so), and she was so nice about it! I felt so stupid!!!!
Anyway we have to same OB, she's pregnant again and due in June. We had the nicest funniest chat about kids and birth and I am telling you we are now best friends. LOL.
In other news, I have sent all my gifts, and have almost dug myself out of the mess to reclaim my newly painted kitchen! I will post pics when I am done!
Hubby is sick. Landon is sick. Chances of me getting sick: 100%. Damn.
Okay, after I stalked Donna Pescow last weekend, I realized although the theme from ANGIE is in my top five favorite sitcom songs...really there's one I love the best!
IT"S A LIVING!
"The show followed the lives of the waitresses who worked in a posh restaurant located at the top of the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. At the helm was their supervisor Nancy Beebe (Marian Mercer), who sometimes fraternized with the girls but usually gave orders. More often than not, the scheme of the week involved Nancy in some way, which upset her because all she wanted was an orderly staff. Adding to the chaotic working environment was a wisecracking pianist named Sonny Mann (Paul Kreppel). One of the many waitresses on the show was Cassie Cranston, played by actress Ann Jillian. Due to her stint on this show, she became very popular for a time."
Here are the lyrics:
Life's not the French Riviera Believe me Life's not A charity ball It isn't all a great big bed of roses It's not like showbiz But the main thing I suppose is.....
(Were- not- fakin' -it; backup) We're not the people on Broadway Believe me (It's real, but better than joining -the- navy; backup) But we know we're having a life Although we may not be blessed and wealthy But then a-gain were young and healthy And any-one who's young and healthy knows that that's the way the traffic flows ** It's a living
AHHH words to live by. Maybe I should be stalking Anne Jillian!
You might not know this about me but I am a sucker for sitcoms. Especially the ones from the 70's and eighties. Give me a night of Family Ties, The Facts Of Life, and The Cosby Show and I am one happy girl. Being that this is an obsession of mine (yes I can quote Cosby show and other episodes), I can spot an old sitcom star at twenty paces.
A few days ago while shopping at Ralphs Supermarket, I spotted someone. Someone hiding. Too bad I followed her! It was Donna Pescow from the short lives sitcom "Angie".
Now there is no reason to be scared Donna Pescow. I am just an obsessed pregnant girl who needed a little pick me up and when I remembered the Angie theme song I was so happy I almost cried! It's so cheerful and adorable and I love the hysterical opener with them all making mistakes and then giving an aw shucks smile. Yes, I am a cheesball.
Donna was also in Saturday Night Fever if you recall, so give her the love.
Here are the lyrics from Angie. Dare you not to love them.
Let the time flow Let the love grow Let the rain shower Let the rose flower Love it seeks, love it finds Love it conquers, love it binds
We come to each other from different worlds, Drawn to each other by the love inside of us We give to each other our different worlds As long as we can do it, Life is gonna breeze right through it
We reach for each other from different worlds With love for each other that will stand the test of time We're up to the challenge of different worlds With this love inside us, There is nothing can divide us
Love it seeks and love it finds (Love it seeks, love it finds) Love it conquers, love it binds Ahhhhhhh, ahhhhhhh
Love it seeks, love it finds Love it conquers, love it binds
Next week I'll share my all time favorite theme song from a sitcom.
If you look under my Fabulous Holiday's category and scroll down you will see my favorite Christmas movies, so this year I am doing my favorite Christmas CD's!!
Johnny Mathis, The Christmas Music of Johnny Mathis is too fabulous. What a velvety voice and I looove when he sings " A Marshmellow World!"
This next one may be hard to find but ladies and gents I love it!!! Pottery Barns Cool Christmas Volume 1.
Pearl Bailey's "5 pound box of money" is hysterical, but it's Eartha Kitt singing "Santa Baby" that will make you jump under the mistletoe!!
You may not know this about me but I looooooove gospel music. It just makes me feel good and gets me teary eyed! For that reason I also picked "Wow Gospel Christmas". It has Kirk Franklin and Donny Hathaway on it and baby that is good enough for me!
If you want a little party music Luther Vandross, This is Christmas, has the Mistletoe Jam "with lines like everybody kiss somebody" and I looove it!
Last but not least, because I am a big sap, Christmas with Perry Como. It's the best!
The Pink and Green tree was planned from last years score of Lilly Pulitzer ornaments on sale! I was so excited to do it this year! If course the pink now has a whole new meaning with a baby girl on the way!
Notice the shift dresses and pink animals! So Lilly P!
Every year I give hubby and ornament based on what we've done that year. I decided to give Landon his now! We call him a little monkey so here he is on the tree!
The timing SUCKS but since it's being done as a favor we have no choice!!! We are doing a cosmetic face life on the kitchen since we can't afford the big remodel just yet. I'll give you the before tour! Notice the pic above and the DARK cabinets and this gorgeous floor (cut to me gagging).
And OOooohhh La La! The corn border! YUCK!!!!!!!!!!
The Pantry was soooooo needing an update!
Can you believe I've been doing Laundry in here?!
We have had the pantry rebuilt and laundry room cabinets put in and now plastered, prepped and painted!!!!!!!
I will post the after pics next week and My Pink and Green Christmas Tree tomorrow!
Okay it's time to share my little secret. Along with buying cute personalized gifts from SO LUXE, I think Snapfish is a godsend. This year we have really cut back on gifts and the gifts from Snapfish still feel like a million dollars because they are so personal.
I usually do a calendar each year with photos of us and whomever is receiving it. This year I was toooooo tiiiiirrrreeedddd...so I did a few of these custom photo books. You can get ones in leather or linen, and even tell a little story inside. It works best if you have a little theme, or pick a trip you've been on. We did one of this past year of Landon's life and it came out so cute!!!
Use the coupon code Winter08 for 20% off most of their stuff!!!!
It's the Legends of Magic Set which includes, "quality props to perform more than 250 illusions. Includes a working illusion table, Chinese sticks, metal linking rings, a detailed instruction booklet, a bibliography of the Legends of Magic, an instructional 60 minute DVD that includes rare footage of the masters."
He's going to just die!
My other secret I have discovered is retail me not. I just go on there and get whatever coupon I need for whatever store I am shopping in on line and get a discount! How did I not know about this!!!!?? Even got one for the magic set above and saved $12!
Okay I will admit it. When I send Christmas cards out I do a little slash through our name and send. To top it off I use Avery labels for the addresses. Well not anymore!
After reading momx2's post I realized I had to address them myself. She made the point that we all have time to hand address while we watch our favorite shows (hello Real Housewives of OC is back on again ladies...). Very true. Annoying but true. She also said you need to write a little note. That this is the death of polite society! Well, I am not causing death so everyone is getting a little scribble with love.
So as I sat there last night signing and addressing, I was feeling proud of myself, but tired! So tired! No one said politeness and manners weren't exhausting.
We got our tree yesterday and hubby hauled out all the ornaments (is 15 storage tubs too many?) and decorations. This year I am doing a pink and green tree in honor of baby girl and Landon. I will post when it's done, but I am breaking out my Lilly Pulitzer ornaments so look out!!!
I think having a theme for your tree keeps Christmas exciting. One year I did purple and green and it was fabulous. You should have seen my glittering eggplant ornaments!!
A few Sundays ago our pastor was preaching about how busy everyone seems to be. People are trying to connect through Facebook, email, blogging (ahem), instead of spending real time together. He proposed that the antidote for busy-ness was intimacy. I was just sitting there, kind of blown away by the idea. He then encouraged us to spend real time together, preferably over a meal, to connect.
Believe me I love my Facebook and my blogging, but I see his point. That is mostly a one way connection and keeps the relationship at a distance.
Having a meal together, at your home, is the most intimate way you can get to know someone.
This season we are all tightening belts because of the economy, even Oprah's Christmas show was more about giving from the heart, then from your wallet. This holiday we have an excuse not to spend as much. A simple little thoughtful gift, or even home made treats are wonderful.
I loved Oprah's idea for a gorgeous box that you give a host of a party or gift recipient, where you have everyone write something they like about the person. A personal note is the greatest gift!
I just got my Christmas cards in the mail....aren't they so cute!!!??
I'm going to use a picture from the series of pics I took like the header on my blog. I got them at Prints Charming. It's one of the Christmas card vendors I am working with through my company So Luxe.
Before I had kids I thought traveling with them would be no big deal. After all I wasn't going to let some tiny tyrant rain on my vacation!~ Landon is a pretty well behaved guy...we've been lucky thus far. Our luck ran out on a Continental Flight from Palm Beach to Houston. It wasn't pretty.
First of all the plane was a commuter plane. Tiny, packed like sardines, and minimal A/C. Recipe for disaster. Since when do they use these things for a flight that's over two hours? Cheap. Landon was having tantrums and screaming no matter what I did. Snacks, videos, games, nothing worked. It was a rotten flight and when we arrived in Houston he was ready to party on. At this point hubby and I were looking for loving people to leave him with in Houston, or maybe just living there so we didn't have to take our other flight.
He threw a few more tantrums and I decided I would burn the outfit he was wearing when we got home, (crew cuts khakis with dogs on them and an orange polo), because if I ever saw him and relived the memory of these flights I'd kill him.
Praise God we got him to sleep for two hours on the second flight. I even watched the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Part two and bawled. Fine, I'm pregnant and such a sucker.
No matter how much you prepare you can't know when they are going to pull this stuff on you. We've decided to not travel with him again until he's eighteen. I mean Christmas when we go to Texas. Damn.
If your kids are dying to have a "sleep over" but are too young, try having a pretend one. Invite the friend over and leave the kids with a baby sitter while you and the parents go out for dinner. Let the kids have their sleeping bags and PJ's and go to sleep. When they wake up in the morning asking where their friend is, say they just left!