I'm doing great so far this weekend and the Christmas season has barely started. Early on Black Friday I ventured out to Kohl's at about 4:30 which worked out great because I'm up feeding Parker at that time anyway (sigh) so it's nothing new to me to be awake at that time. I got lots and lots of my shopping done and was back at home --with Dunkin's coffee and a gross donut-- by 6:30.
Then that morning I went online and did some coat shopping. I desperately need a WARM winter coat so I got a pretty good price on a Columbia coat (I'm thinking they don't give those things away), and got the boys some Old Navy winter coats for years to come! They were $15 each, a fantastic price. Drew is loving the one we have for him this year (and it's so cute and cozy on him).
Later that day, on to Target to finish up the toy shopping for Drew. I had pretty good luck and got great sales, barely spent $30 but more than enough for Drew's Christmas.
And the decorating!! I have never been a day-after-Thanksgiving decorator, usually I wait until the first week of December at least. But there's something about having a little kid that makes you want to fill their lives with magic. And magic it was!! As soon as I got out the little mini trees and plugged them in, Drew has been all like, "lights!" and getting up close to them and staring into the trees and watching them sparkle. He points at all the ornaments and says "ball! ball!" He's been very good about not touching them too much.
A little taste of some of the decorations (whose glow I am sitting under as I blog):
This is my set of 3 rustic trees that I've done for several years now, but the big difference is that this bay window finally has blinds on it!!! We got wood blinds installed in May (literally 1 hour after we got home from the hospital with Parker) and they have been fantastic in this room for both appearance and privacy. And wow is getting the exposure right for Xmas lights difficult. It's a combination of capturing the glow of the lights but also retaining a little of the ambient light in the room.
What's next? Well, we have to get our main Christmas tree, obviously. I'm scared to get it too early because I hate for it to get all dried out so early..... every year I go over this dilemma. Do we get it early and KNOW that we've been watering it? Or do we get it a little later and not know when it was cut, and might have been sitting on a truck for a couple of weeks? Yikes. Those things go up in flames like a torch.
Also I need to do our Christmas card photos. Still don't have any ideas about that, but usually if I just do something, then some ideas come to me. There's always tomorrow, and the weekend's not even over yet.