Sunday, December 17, 2006

Christmas Consumption

I'm amazed at how suddenly our entire day can be consumed with Christmas preparation & festivites.

This morning, I woke up at 7:30am to get ready for church. This was an exciting day for church, not that every Sunday isn't, but this one was different as Anna and Noah were participating in a Christmas program after church with their Sunday school classes. I baked cookies to bring to the program, I made little gifts for all of the Sunday school teachers, picked out their clothing, gave them baths last night & charged the batteries for the digital camera and the video camera. When my alarm went off I had been dreaming that everything went wrong. In my dream, I forgot the teacher's gifts, we were so late to church we had to sit way off to the side, squished between two families and my cookies were burnt to a crisp. I woke up aggitated and very anxious. Thankfully everything went fine. Last year at the same Christmas program, Anna would escape from her program and run towards me yelling "MOMMY!!!" over and over again, while Noah sat on our laps watching kids singing. This year, Anna sang beautifully while doing all of the hand motions, while Noah, now old enough to participate, sat quietly and contently watched the other children sing. I choked back many tears today watching them both in this program.

We got home at 11:15am. I started to bake cookies for a cookie exchange I was attending at 2:30pm with my family. I baked 9 dozen cookies and made the kids' lunch and ran out the door at 2:15pm. I never sat down. The cookies exchange was great, it was fun to visit. The cookies were outstanding! I came home and Brian had moved his computer desk out of our living room, which is a scary thing because I have never seen him sit anywhere else, so I'm not real sure where he will go now. We have a desk already in our bedroom, so we are utilizing that space to create more space in our living room. I had lots to clean up when I got home, I cleaned, organized, steam cleaned my carpets in the livingroom and I baked six dozen cookies. Why? Because Brian has a cookie exchange at work. After cleaning up the kitchen and putting the kids to bed and I am now sitting down and Brian is at Toys R' Us. At 10:00pm on a Sunday. Christmas makes us do crazy things!

Two weeks ago we bought Noah a train table for Christmas. Today in the Toys R Us ad it was advertised for $30 cheaper. I had already wrapped it. They will do the adjustment, but Brian still has to bring the wrapped gift into the store. For thirty bucks you bet we'll do it! Then on Friday, I purchased Ariel's Talking Salon for Anna. It is the only thing she wants for Christmas. It was $74.99. I have been watching this salon for so long and I have never seen it so expensive, but, I was there, I hadn't seen it anywhere else and I wanted to be done shopping. So, I bought it. I then hit the mall and drove to Target. Wouldn't you know, I found the salon at Target for $59.99. BUT, I didn't buy it and I didn't return the more expensive one to TRU because I was so damn tired and terribly grouchy. To get back to TRU would take me 15 minutes, who knows how long it will take them to return it and frankly, I had to get home. Luckily, I am an ad watcher every Sunday. The Target ad came out today and in the ad was the Ariel Talking Salon on sale for $44.88. NO LIE. Brian ran and jumped happily into the car to Target to buy the salon that is THIRTY DOLLARS CHEAPER! He is, even happier, returning the $75 one right now.

I am hoping that by Wednesday, we are able to sit and relax and watch movies and enjoy this time...hoping hoping hoping.

By the way, I have another cookie exchange on Tuesday. Anyone want any cookies?

5 Comments:

  • At 12/18/2006 06:44:00 AM, Blogger feeneyd said…

    I do the same thing, buying and returning. It drives me crazy that the stores play this game. I am can't they just put the lowest price on the stuff and be done with it. I wish there was a store that did that. Ok, so where are the pictures??? I fully expected to see the kids in there program. Were the pictures off center or blurry from your tears. Come on Beth...you always share. I want to see you cute children!!!

     
  • At 12/18/2006 09:21:00 AM, Blogger Tracey said…

    Aaaauuuggghhh, cookie exchanges!! Evil! Luckily I have been able to get my kids to eat some of the cookies every night, so we are almost done with ours, and I am NOT baking again until Saturday (to have stuff in the house for my family coming in from Rhode Island and Houston).

    And I hear you on the stuff getting cheaper - I thought I was doing so well getting Sam's big Santa present at 50% off on Amazon a month ago, but I just saw it for 20 dollars cheaper in the Toys R Us flyer. However, I am too cranky and stressed to return anything, so I give you major props for braving the crowds to save money.

     
  • At 12/18/2006 12:31:00 PM, Blogger Mich said…

    I hate dreams like that--dreams that are so real you're no longer sure if it's a dream.

    I really can't imagine where Brian will sit now. Don't put him in the basement--if he's anything like his father, once he goes down there, he'll NEVER return!! ;-)

    Enjoy the week as best you can between all of the hubababaloo--

     
  • At 12/18/2006 01:14:00 PM, Blogger Penny said…

    OOOH Abby would totally want that.. for some reason she has really likes the little mermaid right now. I got her her little mermaid blanket.. does that count.

    (hey I think bitty twins are pretty cool gift)

    I am almost done with getting ready for Christmas.. we where on pause and I can't belive I have less then a week now.

     
  • At 12/18/2006 03:13:00 PM, Blogger Laurie & Chris said…

    I made 10 different inds of cookies thisw eekend I am cookied out ! But thanks for asking! Don't you just hate when you make up your mind to buy something and it is more then what you remember it being?!

     

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