I found myself making a list yesterday of a dozen holiday activities I want to do before Christmas that we have normally finished way before now. I HAVE NOT EVEN WATCHED THE HOLIDAY!
I should have known on the second day of Advent when I found Hudson's Advent calendar that the holidays were going to be off this year......
I have been in no mood to shop, and probably have over half of my shopping to get done. I have not wrapped one present. One of my trees has a total of 5 ornaments on it, and I sent my Christmas cards out last week with no return address, and American Flag stamps. Good thing they were so cute...thanks Leigh!
I have no idea what has gotten into me this year, this is so uncharacteristic of me. I feel like some of it may be the weather. I know people are loving the 70 degree temps in December, but its hard to get in the mood to drink hot chocolate and watch Christmas movies when the AC is running. If we could get just a little bit of chill in the air that would be nice.
Speaking of Christmas movies...if I have to watch Polar Express one more time I am going to lose it. WHY do kids love that movie so much? I have tried to force all of my favorite holiday classics on my kids, and they are just not getting the memo.
The one night I sat down for my yearly tradition of drinking champs and watching The Holiday my on demand was messed up and I couldn't rent the dang movie. I discovered this the minute after I sent this picture to my girlfriends.
We started the elf on the shelf this year, and I was super excited about it. Now I find myself scrambling to move the dang thing in the mornings, and can never come up with anything clever to do with him.
We took the boys to the parade a few weeks ago, which was fun.
Hudson has been really into helping me bake this holiday season, which has been fun for the both of us. We have made more batches of Rice Krispie teats(because they are easy) than I can count.
The past weekend we took a trip to Gatlinburg with mine and Luke's family, and Christmas started to totally redeem itself. We had the best time spending the weekend in the mountains and taking the kids to Dollywood. It is impossible not to get into the spirit in that place.
Sully was not a fan of the ducks.
We came home Sunday and went to a cookie decorating party that I was certain was a birthday party, and showed up with a gift and all....
Luke wanted in on the fun.
Hudson decorated his gingerbread house, and has insisted that is what he is leaving for Santa. Even though Luke has been trying to convince him Santa does not like gingerbread.
Then we went to see Santa last night, and things went south again. It was all fun and games until it was time to sit in the big mans lap. Sullivan lost his mind.
Today was Hudson's Christmas program, and as soon as all of the kids started walking in I could hear Hudson screaming. He cried through the first part, and refused to sing or participate in the second part. Maddie sang her little heart out.
So it seems even my kids are feeling the scrooge effect. I am determined to turn this holiday season around, and fully enjoy what is left of it. Hudson has been into the birth of baby Jesus and the story behind it, and that is the most important thing about this season. I am helping with Room in the Inn tonight for our church and I know without a doubt that will bring things full circle for me. We are so incredibly blessed, and I would never want anyone to think I am being ungrateful. I know how lucky we are, and this stuff is trivial, I am just being honest. This time of the year is all about giving back, and I intend to do that as much as possible.
Here's to hoping we are all happy by Christmas Morning!