Saturday, December 6, 2008

Holiday stress

Sooo, are you done with your decorations yet? I'm almost there. Today, I swear, I'm done. (I've been saying that for a week now.) I want every single bin and random fluff of greenery back in the basement by midnight tonight.

Then, I can just relax for the next three on some fun Christmas crafts, eat candy cane Hershey kisses by the fireplace with my feet up. Ahhh, bliss.


I still have to:

take our holiday picture
address the cards
mail the cards
finish the advent calendar
wrap a trillion gifts
BUY a trillion gifts
bake a trillion cookies for an exchange
secure babysitters
make gifts
plan the Bub's b-day party
wrap the Bub's gifts
finish the Bub's gifts
throw the Bub's b-day party
take a nap

and THEN I can relax...

Tis the season, right? Do you do what I do every year? You SWEAR you'll be better organized and start earlier and blah blah blah...

Last year we were here over the Thanksgiving week:


(That would be FANTASTIC, beautiful, relaxing, Honolulu. I snorkled here in this bay. DO IT if you ever get the chance.)

When we got back it was a whirlwind to prepare for everything. I SWORE this year I'd be better. Nope. But you know what? I still love it, I still love the season. And when I stop for a second, count to three and breathe, and then look at the tree all lit up, the magic comes back.

Take a second, breathe, and remember the magic.

P.S. I had so much fun with this favorite things thing that I think I'm going to do a Christmas tree party. Sound like fun? It will be super easy, no stress, since many of you have already posted your trees! I'll do it later this week, I'll let you know when.


  1. Where on Honolulu is that picture taken? It's gorgeous!! How old is bub going to be? I have a Noah turning 1 on the 16th of dec. I don't know what to make him! Any ideas!
    And I FINALLY finished making the mint candies that I stole off your blog so I will blog that today!!! Have a great weekend!!!!

  2. I have so many things left to do to get ready for Christmas too. It's ridiculous.

  3. ahhh...hawaii!!!
    when i graduated from high school, i used the graduation money my grandma gave me to buy a plane ticket and i MOVED to hawaii to live for a year..(my brother was in the marines and was stationed there with his wife)

    it was something i had said i was going to do ever since i was a little girl...go to hawaii. when the opportunity presented itself, i grabbed it and ran!(well, flew..but u know what i mean) probably the best year of my life =)

  4. I got my M today I love it thank you! I can't wait to paint it!

  5. Awww...I'm so bummed, but congrats to the winner...lucky duck! Have a good your beautiful picture, by the way!

  6. Decorating is just about finished. But still have so much shopping and all the wrapping and baking yeet to do. It is hard for me to relax and enjoy with all that is yet to be done. Ughhhh!

  7. Taking a xmas card photo?? Well if that's not enough to kill the Christmas spirit, I don't know what is... ;)

  8. I was just thinking about this same thing tonight. How much I have to still get done! CRAZY! I am behind on everything...including blogging. I love your pictures in your last post. You have such cute stuff. You asked me if you could put a pic of my candy cane tree, go right ahead! Well, good luck with all your to do things! -Erin-

  9. Christmas tree party sounds fun! And since we got it up yesterday I can participate :)

  10. So much still to do, but at least our decorations are up. Now we just have to focus on gift buying and Christmas cards...

  11. Looking forward to the tree contest! I love seeing everyones decorations!

  12. Ughh, that to-do list is making ME tired just thinking about it! I'll tell you what... I'll help you out by doing all of your sleeping for you!

    Seriously, that's a good, loyal bloggy friend right there! ;)

  13. oH My wOrD!!! The picture of Honolulu looks AMAZING right now. What an incredible Thanksgivng that must have been!

    Girl, I am right there with ya on the craziness of the holidays. It's busy and stressful and busy...but I love every minute of it. When I do get a minute to sit and just gaze at my tree, I feel all warm and fuzzy inside. There is just something so magical about this time of year. I.LOVE.IT.

    Thanks for linking to me friend!:)

  14. Funny post...I was about to be so jealous when I read the part about putting up your feet and just relaxing while you ate the hershey kisses. Thanks for making my day by not stopping there. Hee-hee!

  15. Your list is about as long as mine. I wish I had finished was my goal too (w/ the decorating), but I've got 3-4 more containers to pull out b/4 I'm done....then, it's on to the presents. This year snuck up on me. Have a great weekend! Happy birthday to little Bub!

  16. Hey!!! Yes, I got your check. Thank you sooo much!! I'm so glad your girlfriend liked her necklace. I would love to make you a "Blessed Mama" keychain. What background do you want?

  17. i have been to that beach. Hanauma Bay i bealive. i lived there growing up myd ad was in the navy and we were stationed there.


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