Christmas tagged posts

Merry (belated) Christmas!

Posted by Jason

December 28, 2011 The Present  No comments

I've been a little bit lax in blogging about our family Christmas, and want to apologize for that. As I'm sure everyone realizes, Christmas is a wonderful, but hectic time of year.  And with an 8-year-old and 2-year-old in tow, we were lucky to have time to breathe.

We had some wonderful gift exchanges and, as always, we were spoiled. On Christmas day, we had three distinct gift-opening events, starting with seeing what Santa brought and our immediate family gift exchange (thank you, Kiki, for that 6:30 a.m. start time). Given that wrapping/assembly ran until almost 4, it was a tiring day. After that, we went to Tracy's parents for breakfast and another gift exchange. (This year we did the "string thing" again, which is a lot of fun and must take an incredible amount of time to set up.

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My grown-up Christmas list

Posted by Tracy

December 24, 2011 The Present  No comments

It's been a long time since I've made a list for Santa. I know it's a little late, but here are a few things I could really use this year:

A nontoxic way to instantly get rid of all the insects in my house, whatever they are and whereever they may be. I don't mind a spider here and there (since they tend to eat insects), but not when they drop into the shower while I'm in there.
A lifestyle consultant: Someone who understands my goals and helps me work toward them in several areas of my life.
An on-call handyman and the funds to keep him on retainer.
The patience to cope with a demanding and energetic 2-year-old and a melodramatic 8-year-old ... gracefully and with dignity.
How about a little extra dose of grace, while we're at it?
A to-do list that completes itself.

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So much to do, so little time…

Posted by Jason

December 23, 2011 The Present  No comments

Well, today is Christmas Eve Eve (the evening before Christmas Eve... or as I sometimes call it "Christmas Eve Squared"... which actually makes no sense whatsoever).

Though the shopping is done, and most of the gifts are wrapped, there's still a ton of stuff to do.  We need to clean the house, finish the wrapping, package holiday baked goods for the neighbors, make arrangements for New Year's Celebrations... well the list goes on and on.

That's not to cover the normal stuff that needs to be done for work, or some of the "extras" like trying to eke out more points in our "2011 Challenge List"

Honestly, I need to figure out what our score is on that and see what might be reasonable to get before 2012 hits.  I'm pretty happy with what we did with the challenges -- it shows that we

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