As of Monday night, we're officially done with Christmas shopping & wrapping! What a relief.
I do 95% of my shopping online since I loath crowds & shopping in general. But, each year around Christmas, Mike & I take a day off to get the last minute, random items I'm not able to get online. After we finished Monday, we celebrated over a couple of delish margaritas. It's a fun way to be productive & to actually get some time together alone while the kids are at school. I look forward to it each year.
I picked up some pre-made gingerbread houses at Walmart for the kids to work on while we watched the Bears game Sunday. I must be honest, they did a pretty pitiful job, randomly sticking a few gummies on each house, here & there.
Since I like to display them on our fridge, I put a little elbow grease into them & finished them myself.
I keep this little tree in our living room as a way to separate our gifts from my immediate family's gifts. We host Christmas Eve each year & exchange gifts between the grand kids, nieces, aunts, uncles & Grandma & Grandpa. My own family of four wait until Christmas morning to do gifts & a couple of years ago, I kept our gifts under the main tree & they were a huge mishmosh mix up when my family arrived Christmas Eve. This little tree keeps them nicely divided.
I decorated this plant with festive ball lights & ornaments & every time I pass it on my way to our bedroom, it makes me happy.
Our family room makes me the happiest though; it's so full of lights! At night when the kids go to bed & the house is quiet, I love just sitting & enjoying it. I'm going to miss all these lights when Christmas is over! Hard to believe that Christmas Eve is a little more than one short week away.
I assembled teachers gifts on my day off today. I made a German chocolate cookie recipe from the Food Network & my super easy, standard pretzel turtle. Nothing like a dessert that takes under 10 minutes from start to finish (other than unwrapping each Rollo). Click here for the cookie recipe & here for the turtle recipe.
This fat little ba**ard of a cat thinks his lounging area is our kitchen table. I may call him names, but I do love him so! Random story, but in the thirteen years of owning pets, we were struck with fleas. When I first saw the dogs scratching, I joked about it while my sister was over, thinking it was nothing. Lauren said that if it was fleas, it would be awful since she dealt with them, but I totally blew her off, thinking she was exaggerating. Wrong. It was AWFUL. Luckily I vacuum & do laundry constantly, so they never got to be a problem around the house, just on the pets. Casper (the cat above) licked himself so much that he ended up having a raw backside & losing a ton of weight. No topical flea treatments helped, but luckily the vet prescribed each pet a pill that killed every flea within four hours. GOOD RIDDANCE!!!
Anyway! We have one more weekend before Christmas & the big day will be here! The weather will finally, finally be cooler this weekend; it's been hot, humid & quite yucky here in Florida. I hope to fill the weekend with outdoor activities during the day & Christmas light exploring at night. My number one favorite day in the whole year is December 24th. It's the most wonderful time of the year!!!!