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Christmas Eve is here!

I can’t believe The Big Day is almost here.  Santa is already making his rounds in other parts of the world!  It has been a whirlwind of preparation for this day, and yet at the same time it feels like the past month has flown by.
We’re all set for tomorrow.  Last night Andrew slept over at the mil’s, so I took the opportunity to bring ALL the presents downstairs and I hid them in the under-the-stairs closet.  (Fingers crossed we don’t end up with another leak in there before the presents are out…!!!)  This way I won’t have to panic tonight, trying to get everything downstairs without waking Andrew up.  His bedroom is right at the top of the stairs, and he sleeps with his door wide open and his light on...and the stairs are fairly creaky.  Not the best combo when trying to stealthily relocate presents from my closet to under the tree!  So my mind is at ease about that.  I have already prepared the mashed potatoes and the carrots and parsnips, which will make things so much easier for …

Pre Christmas craziness and Andrew's 6th birthday party

It was a really busy/stressful week last week, and I’m glad to have it over with.  I got so burnt out that I literally made myself sick.  My body just started shutting down, forcing me to stop doing so much but at the worst time possible.  I still had so much to do.  I managed though, and luckily James was able to work from home on Friday and helped me out A LOT.  I don’t know what I would have done otherwise.  (Especially when on Thursday around 11pm I discovered YET ANOTHER LEAK, this time in our downstairs bathroom ceiling...which meant shutting off the water and again having to have someone come in to do repairs in the morning...They’re replacing the drywall on Xmas Eve....but I’m not even going to focus on that…)
The maple walnut fudge Andrew and I made, that we packaged to look like Rudolph, turned out REALLY well, I was actually really proud of them.  I found the idea on Pinterest and while my fudge didn’t look ‘perfect’, it tasted delicious, and it looked festive anyway!  We ma…

Andrew's pre-birthday class party!

We’re so close to Christmas, I can taste it!  Actually, Andrew and I DID make some Christmas sugar cookies for his class party tomorrow, and they’re delicious.  The only thing was, I realized I was going to have to make 3 more batches in order to have enough for all the kids, possibly their siblings, and a few kids from other classes that might be joining us.  It had already taken us about an hour and a half to make one batch, and I couldn’t fathom spending half a day or more making cookies.  So off to the store we went...and thank gawd Safeway had kits of ready-made cookies in the shapes of snowmen, ornaments, and stockings, complete with icing and candy to add to them, AND they also double as ornaments for the tree!  Perfect.  I’ll take the ones I made, too, but I think the kids will do better with the kits.
We’re actually hosting a little birthday/Christmas party for his class tomorrow.  About 2 weeks ago we handed out invitations to his actual birthday party, which we’re having on …

A picture with Santa

Yesterday (with the help of my parents) I took the kids for their picture with Santa.
I’d taken the girls over to my moms’ in the afternoon, and left them there to go pick Andrew up after school.  We arrived back at about the same time my dad came in from work, and I got the kids all done up into their fancy Christmas attire.  We were apparently not moving fast enough for Andrew’s liking, and he got into a really grumpy mood to the point I was about to call the whole thing off.  As it was, it was a good thing we showed up at 4pm, as Santa was JUST finished his break when we arrived.  There were 3 families ahead of us so it took no time at all before it was our turn.  
I’d done everything I could think of to get the kids excited about getting their picture with Santa.  Andrew has always loved Santa, even as an almost 1 year old on his first Chistmas.  Margaret is pretty OK about Santa, too.  But Emily...None of my kids are shy, but Emily will sometimes take a few minutes to warm up to pe…

O Christmas tree, and holiday get togethers

On Friday our new carpets were installed.  The workers got here half an hour early and were done in lightning speed.  I was overjoyed when the job was done!  Our place has never looked so good, since the upper portion of the living room needed replaced before we even moved in.  Having it all plush and perfectly matching the new carpet in the rest of the living room just looks SO nice.  I’m in love with it!  I also love the new carpet smell, it makes it feel as though we’re living in a new house.  A new sink is being installed in our upstairs bathroom as I type this, and the downstairs bathroom is getting an update sometime this week.  There’s always more to be done around here, but I’m glad we’re getting some things taken care of.
It’s amazing the weight that was lifted from me when the carpets were done and I could start putting things back in their rightful place.  They’ve yet to come back to paint the drywall/put linoleum in the closet under the stairs, so there’s still some disarra…

Just for the record...

The issues at our house have felt all-consuming this past week (at least).  James told me I’m stressing out unnecessarily, that it is what it is.  And maybe he’s right, but at the same time it’s such a huge disruption to my life and our routine (mine especially) and I hate that.  I also find it very frustrating when the manager we go through says one thing but then the people who are sent to do the work do something else, or have no idea what’s even going on.  I finally feel like I’ve got something settled with one person, and then I’m thrown for a loop when the workers arrive and have a different story.  I am not a person who flies by the seat of her pants, I like to have things planned out in advance with no surprises, please and thank you.
Yesterday the manager came over to look at the carpets and there’s NO WAY she couldn’t have smelled how musty and disgusting it was as soon as she walked in the door.  She agreed that the carpets need to be changed in both (all) sections of the li…