Sunday, November 30, 2008

Are you getting excited?

We are! We LOVE Christmas around here. I am just itching to decorate as soon as Thanksgiving is over. Alan used to try to make me hold off but he knows better now. In fact he said tonight that we should go get a tree tomorrow!!!! This is a HUGE breakthrough. My one compromise has been that I wait to put up the tree until 2 weeks before Christmas so it doesn't die. I've never been really happy with this deal and I think maybe my decorating bug is be rubbing off on him. We'll see if he let's us get one tomorrow or not.
Today after church Alan got all the decorations down from the attic and the kids and I spent the afternoon decorating. I have been the "head decorator" since I was probably 8 or so. I can't remember exactly when I took over but take over I did! We all did the tree but the rest of the house was mine. I'm so grateful for a Mom that let me have creative license. I would actually rearrange the furniture and nick knacks around the house on a regular basis, not just Christmas. I look back and wonder how my Mom could let me turn her house upside down when ever I got a decorating itch. What great memories...Thanks Mom!
Anyway, back to today. I actually took a deep breath and let my kids really help. You know how you sometimes "let them help" but your really doing everything? No...is that just me? Well I'm a bit of a control freak and I want everything perfect. I'm determined to give them creative license with the tree (I can rearrange later).


You might get a kick out of these...

Tallula's stocking is above.
Tate's is below...don't judge, we let him choose and he picked naughty.


I really wanted to have leftover turkey this year so today I cooked my first turkey EVER! In Georgia I was to scared to cook one so I would buy the pre-cooked turkey that you just heat up for an hour. So today I did it and it turned out awesome! Ya for me! Now I'm boiling the carcass and planning to make homemade turkey soup tomorrow. What do you know, I may be a little domestic after all!


When we were getting out decorations we found a little craft I had bought last year with big intentions that were never fulfilled...the story of my life. So I let the kids have at it, no interference by me. I'm in rare form today. I didn't help them AT ALL, and when I say help them I mean do it for them so it's perfect.


And last but not at all least. Probably the highlight of a great day is this...


I know your wondering what in the world this is. It's Alan cleaning out the couch. Not just one couch but two couches and he vacuumed them as well. This is seriously a RARE moment in my life. A moment worthy of taking pictures of, blogging it and sealing it in my memory forever. Alan is many things, clean is not one of them. He did this all on his own, I don't know what came over him. He's been so helpful lately, I just really appreciate him. I don't know what I would do without this guy!

6 comments:

Brenda said...

Adorable stockings! I love it! We put our tree up yesterday. Sometimes I'm not in the mood, but this year I was feeling very festive! :)

KatSpy said...

You just needed to have a Tate to put life in perspective and then li'l Lu to really let go of the 'control' monster. At least that is what happened for me and I'm better for it. My kids actually did the tree this year and it turned out fabulous. Rett is old enough to use his discerning eye (Shea and Asa aren't too bad at it either). They were actually rearranging Ivy's handiwork and I just sat wrapped up in blankets giving kudos.

Georgia, Jason, and Abbi said...

You know I usually have the whole house decorated the day after turkey day too, but, we have the room this year for a real tree, so I'm doing my best to wait. I hate decorating for Christmas without doing the tree first.
My own little quirk. Feel free to post pictures of your house all decorated so I can get some good ideas from you.

Tasha Horsley said...

How fun! You sound just like me in this post! Growing up, I was the tree person because I did it just perfectly and we also loved rearranging things throughout the year...my mom was that way, so I think that's where I got my itch to re-do. We now love taking the Christmas decorations out as soon as possible and my kids love to get in on the action. Mostly it can drive my nerves nuts because it isn't perfect. Caleb bugged me so much that we actually put up our Christmas village a day before Thanksgiving. I confess that I do go re-arrange. It's terrible! Good job letting the kids do the craft by themselves. I am trying to get over all that too because it really is good for them to feel their creativity is valuable (not re-do-able!) :) Okay, I blabbed enough. Happy Holidays!

Melissa said...

Ummmm...are we the same person? I used to rearrange my mom's house too and my bedroom like once a month when I was younger...and this year Chris let me put Christmas decorations up a week before Thanksgiving so I could enjoy them with my sis....decorating for Christmas is my favorite!!

Karina Rigtrup said...

Ok, Melissa it is now officially frighting how similar we are!