Christmas & other things

Anyone, besides me, feeling the pre-Christmas pressure? You know, the gift buying, decorating, baking, wrapping, etc. all on top of working full-time and having to ferry teenagers hither and yon? It seems like there’s never enough time in the day (ok week) to get it all done.

This year, we’re doing better than I thought we would be. I took one evening this week and banged out my christmas gift shopping list. Booyah! It was power shopping at its best. I even worked up a sweat. Seriously. Now all Ihave to do is figure out what to get the Hubby; he’s really hard to buy for so any suggestions from you would may be helpful…really.

I also managed to do some baking this past weekend. Go me. Nothing fancy but I did manage to get about 12 dozen cookies baked in one afternoon. Having all those cookies in the house is dangerous snickerdoodlesfor me as there are very few cookies that I don’t like. Good thing I have cookie monsters living in the house. Now if only I can push myself away from them. My latest strategy to keep myself from eating ththumprintsem is to put them on a top shelf in the kitchen that I find hard to reach. So far that has had a 60% success rate, but that’s better than nothing.

So far the cookies that I have made are snickerdoodles, peanut butter gingersnaps, and peanut butter thumbprints. They have ALL been hits with peanut butter gingersnapsmy crew. The thumprints were supposed to have jam in them but I used Nutella instead. Is there anything better than the combination of peanut butter and chocolate? I don’t think so.

This weekend we have also managed to bring in the tree, get it set up and decorated. No small feat when you have a real tree that barely fits inside the stand and is really full. House decor has been kept to a minimum, mainly due to lack of time, and the need to try to keep things a bit simple. I am not the sort of person to spend days decorating. I don’t have lights on the house either.

kidschristmasproject2012December 16th my family and I helped out at an outreach project that is run through our church. Our church has adopted several inner city schools and help out the families with hampers, school supplies, and the like. This year we put together about 1500 gift boxes for the kids in 5 different schools in the Surrey area. We have helped, as a famkidschristmasproject2012ily, with this project for the past 5 or 6 years, and it is always an experience and every year it gets a little bit bigger.

All in all, these past few days, especially this past weekend felt really full. Now we are in the final days before Christmas and everyone is dreaming of a getting some snow for the big day.

Well, snow came, but it arrived a wee bit early. Yesterday and today to be exact. Traffic in and around the greater Vancouver area has been particularly interesting because of it. I love looking at the snow, I’m just not a big fan of driving it. The weather here is on the damp side so snow quickly becomes treacherous and yesterday morning’s commute was a nightmare. It took my hubby almost 3 hours to get to work. Crazy right?

Please, while there’s snow on the ground, and cold temperatures abound, give yourself a lot of leaway timewise while commuting anywhere. Let your car find its way, instead of gunning it. And, PLEASE put winter tires on your car.

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Luv you all, and am wishing you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS. Enjoy your time with family, as it is precious. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Keep things simple,yet meaningful. Life is too short to spend it spinning your wheels.

Hugs!

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