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Merry Christmas!

It’s really here…just a few days to go now. The tree is decorated, the stockings are hung and the gifts are all wrapped. Somehow, we pulled it together this year. Last night, my husband and I finished assembling some of the larger gifts that Santa will be bringing this year. We put together a really great tee pee from the Land of Nod, that both of the older boys asked for. We also had a car race track to assemble. These are the gifts that would be difficult to hide once assembled. The rest of the gifts are hidden inside an armoire and then behind a couch in the basement. I find myself wondering where we will be able to hide the gifts, as the kids get older and more resourceful. Right now I know that the kids can’t move the couch to get to the armoire. I can also control whether or not they go down to the basement over the next couple of days, before Santa delivers his sleigh full of goodies to our house. However, I remember being a kid…and a very sneaky curious kid, at that. I can remember discovering the hiding places in our basement and sneaking a peek prior to Christmas. I’ll have to be on my toes to stay one step ahead of my three guys as they get older. We’ve already spent another night installing batteries in our new toys and setting up the Leapster and DS the boys asked for. Even though the process it so time consuming, I find the preparation and anticipation to be more rewarding than the actual day now that I am an adult. The kids’ excitement is contagious though and I am counting down the days along with them.

For the past few years my husband and I have adopted our own Christmas tradition. Now that our Christmases are all about the kids, (as they should be) we tend to neglect one another in the whole gift exchange thing. Money has been tight and so has time to shop, so we get each other just a few things we need to open on Christmas day. However, we truly celebrate with one another in the days leading up to Christmas. We begin on December 12th each year and for the next 12 days we try to get each other some small, thoughtful gift or do something nice for one another. The kids look forward to it as much as we do and love to see us surprise each other. It’s a really great way for us to remember one another during the holidays and one of my favorite traditions.

Both Cody and Logan are off from school now for the next eleven days. I find myself feeling slightly panicky at the thought of how to entertain everyone once Christmas is over. We’ve been so caught up in holiday preparations that I’ve completely overlooked the time off from school. Usually I try to fill our days off from school with play dates, and outings; or at the very least doctor’s appointments. Next week is looming ahead of me wide open as of now! Maybe we’ll get some snow for them to play in. :)

Today we’ll finish up the last of our Christmas preparation; baking cookies, setting the table for Christmas Eve dinner and watching the last few of the Christmas specials we had DVR’d. The boys are beyond excited now; school is out and the proximity of Christmas is really sinking in. The next few days will be a whirlwind but hopefully a great weekend filled with laughter, love and family. Wishing you and your family a wonderful weekend and a Merry Christmas!!!

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