I have some additional ornament ideas in mind, but not all 7. One of them is a no-brainer, as it will be the ornament I am making as a gift for our core friend group. You see -- I am still Christmas crafting over here. I certainly did not plan ahead, and not having the extra week between Thanksgiving and Christmas plus a super busy weekend prior to Christmas sure cramped my timeline to get all my intended Christmas preparations done.
So, I have the ornament gifts and Hank's hat left to complete. But I am ok with that, and was glad when I finally came to my senses and threw in the towel that I wasn't going to have everything ready in time for Christmas morning. The weekend before Christmas should have been go time, but please let me share what we were up to instead.
Friday we had Christmas parties at all three schools. For Everett's party, we sent cheese stars and crackers.
|Everybody asked for more pretzel rods, Nobody asked for more snow peas, Just saying...|
|I used the cocktail toothpicks so kids would see them and not choke on embedded toothpicks|
|He is not green from seasickness - our boat had green lights hung in the canopy.|
After that (yes -- we are getting on 9:30 or so by this point), I went solo to Ms. Evie's party. Evie and her hubby recently moved one block over and one block down from us. If they lived any further than that, like 2 blocks over and 2 blocks up, I don't think I would have made it, but a short walk in the brisk night air got me to their cute new abode and those beautiful cupcakes shown above. I brought buckeye balls.
|Wedding cake made from dishtowels and utensils|
From there, we headed back home and made a mad dash to get ready for BT's Christmas party. Now him I could chide for allowing his staff to schedule this event so close to Christmas. Here, a nice view and a good beer brought me around and got me back in the Christmas spirit.
Sunday morning, we raced around packing to go leave for a one night trip to Arizona. We ended up actually leaving Arizona that night, which was beyond crazy. This allowed BT to still go to work on Monday morning. If I wasn't addicted to caffeine before this month, I certainly am now. In the mad dash to pull together the regular stuff we would need for an overnight trip, including all the baby's accessories, and presents for BT's family, I somehow forgot the stockings I had spent time two nights prior filling (plus all the time/$ spent earlier this month buying the stuff to fill them with). They were all there -- all 35 of them loaded and ready to go -- and I left them. It didn't even dawn on me that they were missing until we had been at my SIL's place for 45 minutes or so. I didn't get one iota upset, as the weekend had been so hectic, there was bound to be a slip up. I talked to my SIL, and we agreed on just giving out bags of candy to the kids. I raced over to Walgreens and grabbed candy, pencils, and little paper lunch sacks. Nobody said anything in the moment about Santa bringing such a measly gift. My son later said he was disappointed that Santa hadn't brought him what he asked for, but we had to remind him this was an early visit from Santa, and that Christmas was still coming -- for good little boys, that is. On the positive side, I am 95% ready for stockings next year, and I discovered that our local Food Finders is super close by, and really appreciates donations of Christmas candy and clementine oranges!
That left a tired Jen with just 2 nights to finish everything up. I did get one project finished to the point of being able to give, which I will share with you in the coming days.