i finished putting the living room together today, along with the tree that is already up. the children gave me an early christmas present, for many years i have wanted a RC train set to go around the tree. i also snapped off some shots of a few of my favorite ornaments. this year we went with blue and aqua theme for the tree, with mostly silver, but also some gold accents. i need to start separating out ornaments because in a few short years the children will begin leaving to start homes of their own, and they will definitely want an ornament care package to build their own collections off. it was fun and a little teary to sort through all of the 16years of ornaments i have collected.
i am 100% done with my xmas shopping with the exception of one person, and i need to pick up one item for Zane's stocking that wasn't in stock when i went last week. this year i had no trouble shopping for the children, but i was sort of stumped for yuriy. i eventually decided on getting him these nice metal collapsable bike baskets that i know he had been eyeing a few months back. i ordered them online, and the day they came in he opened another package that he had ordered for himself which contained the SAME THING. longtime readers will know this is a common problem every year, just as i decide on the perfect gift for him he mindjinxes me and buys it himself (or starts to) prompting me to have to ruin the surprise. oh well, the ones i had gotten him were better anyway, and i still have like 6 more gifts hidden away.
i am on the very last of my christmas wrapping, and a good bulk of gifts will be removed this weekend for the first of 4 family christmas parties. all the cousins on my mother's side will be gifted freeing up quite a bit of space (there are like 30 of us, and we were all raised very closely, more like siblings sometimes than cousins. so we all do gifts for each other. kind of a pain, but also fun.) i am also harboring a bunch of gifts for one of my aunts who won't be coming this year as she will be visiting my other uncle and aunt i mexico.
getting the mantle done was my big goal for today. the stockings need to be up so santa can start seeing if the gifts fit, and what needs to be reorganized to go under the tree instead. tomorrow i start the serious house scrubbing in prep for 35 people to come over xmas eve, and 15 people to come over this sunday. where are you all in your christmas decorating?
dang i love my train.