Sunday, November 30, 2008
Now onto the best part. This year I got to really participate in black friday shopping. In prior years I've been able to pick up a thing or two. Finances really limited what I could do though. This year...I did all my christmas shopping on Friday. So I am officially done. Well, I need to grab a couple stocking stuffers but thats nothing major. I'm so excited about what we got though. Toots of course will be not quite 4 months old on Christmas and totally oblivious to whats going on. I wanted to put something under the tree though in keeping with the whole Santa story. I could totally see Monkey asking why Santa didn't bring toots anything. So I got him this walker toy. He totally won't use it for several months but it was only $10 on Friday. I figure we'll wrap it up and just save it for later. I'm sure he'll put it to use before his birthday anyways.
For Monkey I ended up doing more than I originally intended. First I got her the Leap Frog Leapster. I ordered that sucker online cause there was no way I was battling people in the store for it. At 1/2 off it was a good deal. On top of that I found games for it at $5 each instead of the normal $24.99 so she got three of those. She also got the word launch. I had a $25 gift card for target so that was a freebie. Then we have some DVD's like The bee movie, Surf's Up, Barbie Mariposa, hmmm I think I'm forgetting one. Lastly we have clothes. Walmart had a lot of $4 items so we stocked up on hoodies, jeans, and most of all Pj's. The girl is still wearing her 4t pj's that although fit fine really the pants are like 2inches to short. I almost forgot too...the ballet stuff! I am going this week down to the studio to do the paperwork to sign her up for the classes to start in January. I've already bought her pink leotard, just need to pick up some pink tights and look into the shoes. I'll do that after talking to the instructor though cause I'm clueless on that count. I also need to get the duffle bag to a friend who is going to embroider her name on the side with some little ballet shoes. Now I just have to think of a creative way to tell her about the classes but in a way that she will understand to. Any thoughts??
As for Mr. X...well I can't put any of that here. Such a bummer but I know he knows about the blog and I don't want to spoil his christmas morning by listing it all here. Suffice it to say I think he will like it. I'm just excited for him though. He's told me in years prior he bought his own christmas stuff. Nobody did things for him. I know the feeling so I think this year will be special in more ways than one.
So thats it!! Today, and yes it is today cause it's 4am, I'm goign to get the tree put up and decorate the house. I have a bunch of outside lights and everything and I can't wait to see it all put up. I got a bunch of stuff yesterday to make a wreath for the front door plus new stockings for us all. Some snowflake things to decorate the windows and new stuff for the tree. I still need to get the kiddo's ornaments for this year but there is still time. I think I'd also like to get one for X and I as well. It's not technically our 1st christmas since we had last year, but it's the 1st one we'll be together on.
Ok, I'm done. Going back to bed now to see if I can't get a few more hours in before the kiddo's are awake. Funny though, blogging at 4am!!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
That my friends in the Britax Marathon convertible carseat. Holds kiddo's up to 65lbs. Normal retail is $279.99. Yes, you read that right. People actually pay $280 for a carseat. And thats BEFORE taxes and shipping. Now you must be thinking I'm crazy enough to pay that much as well. I know I know...You can't put a price on your kids safety. I don't do that but I do know there are safe options that cost a heck of a lot less. Anyways....whats the big deal??? I DID get that carseat. But I DIDN'T pay $280. I paid............. $90.28. FOR TWO!!!
Ok you can applaude me now! LOL
Friday, November 14, 2008
I do love them though. I wish that my kids could experience the type of holidays I grew up with. Ones where our entire family got together at my grandma's house for good food and fun times together. The kids played with the toys that Grandma found at the local thrift shops. Barbies and Lincoln Logs galore! The adults usually ended up in a game of penny poker as we all nibbled on the sweet treats still set out like Grandma's fudge. The food was always amazing. Grandpa's ham......my mouth waters thinking of it. Pickled eggs, green bean casserole, potato's with gravy. Ok, i gotta stop my tummy just growled. The biggest thing though was just the happiness and fun. Maybe I missed any issues but it always seemed like everyone has such a good time. The laughter and contentment is what I remember most. Ya, it was crowded but it was worth it. My kids will probably never experience that unless it's when they are older and have kids of their own and we all get together. I hope that we do! It's one holiday tradition i would love to establish again.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
As for Toots I doubt we will really do anything. I have some toys that are being given to us for him and a cute little pooh exersaucer. Would it be to cheap to pretend those are for him for christmas??
And lastly X....well I can't discuss that on here as I know he reads this thing periodically. I'm definitely open to ideas though!
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Barbecue Chicken Casserole
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I do congratulate Obama for becoming the first ever Black President Elect. While it is certainly a historic event, I fear that it will not be the answer to our problems that so many people are hoping for.