Monday, December 19, 2011

The Day I Had Things To Do

I woke up this morning with the pressing feeling that I had things to do. Christmas is six days away (yikes!) and I've yet to wrap one present. I still have stocking stuffers to buy and blah, blah, blah. I made a quick list and headed out the door early. Maxwell and Ella are pretty good about running errands. But today, they weren't into it. They were anti-cart riding kleptomaniacs (Maxwell literally found a mini pack of Toy Story stickers and hid it in his beanie. I only found out when I reached for his hat in the check out line because he was looking hot and found a pack of stickers tucked inside. Sneaky/clever little fellow). My main task was simple: wrapping paper. Nerd alert, I love choosing beautiful paper. It doesn't have to be expensive, but I love coordinated ribbons and pretty paper. I was in such a rush that I left with cheesy snowflake and Santa paper. I know, it doesn't matter. But kind of not as fun to wrap.

Next came nap time. 95% of the time Maxwell will sleep for three hours. 10% of the time Ella will sleep at all. Today, 0 and 0. Operation present wrap = a fail.

So instead...we decorated the little Christmas tree I found for $1 at Goodwill.



This Charlie Brown tree had made its home in Ella's room. She finally got her little tree.

Later today...I was itching to dust and mop. But that wasn't in the cards. Instead, chalk time. It was actually an unusually nice afternoon so the fesh air felt great.


And in the middle of the art brother Spencer showed up. Which turned into an afternoon skate sesh. Which was way better than a clean house.







Hi five Uncle Spence!



Cristine said...

What great timing Uncle Spencer had!!! Maybe tomorrow they will nap and you can things done?

Cristine said...

P.S. I am sure Ella is very happy to have her very own tree..not only does she have a reindeer and Christmas lights outside her window but now her own tree that is very heavily loaded down with lights....that girl loves her stuff!!

Chicago Mom (Heather) said...

Its a cute tree! Sometimes you have to let the house cleaning go in favor of more fun things.

I still have to wrap gifts too, and need to go to Toys R Us tonight. Yikes!

Anonymous said...

You are such a wonderful MOM!!!!! Max & Ella will have memories of you stopping to let them enjoy being a child....really are they going to remember "oh, I remember my mom's shiny floors, dusted furniture"....what great memories they will have to cherish(christmas lights, decorating, skating, etc) and you too will look back on this and be thankful you took the time to stop and enjoy life!!!! Kuddos to you!!!! I wish I had done more of these moments you mentioned in your blog....we don't get to take back time!!! Merry CHRISTmas!!!! ~Carrie