Lexi and I have been busy little bees the past few months. I always say I am going to keep us distracted by Brandon’s deployments by making our to-do list eleventy million miles long.
So long in fact that it usually gets ‘lost’ somewhere and we create a new one, at least fifty bajillion times.
And we’re lucky if we get any of the things done because there are things on there like…..
…clean out the closets,
…sweep out the garage once a week,
…re-organize the pantry,
clean the craft room….
You know, mostly boring stuff that no one wants to do even if Brandon’s home!
So, most of that stuff ends up on a list of things to do right before he comes home.
OR, on a list of stuff for HIM to do when he gets home.
Hey, don’t judge, our garage is huge and dusty. Yeah, Yeah if I would sweep it once a week it wouldn’t be.
But, YES, more lists! I think I am obsessed with them honestly, I have to make them or I will forget everything! (more on that in another post)
But in our defense we’ve been too busy to do stuff like that because we’ve been marking stuff like this off our Christmas to do list:
And yes, the captions for the pictures are Lexi’s comments 🙂
We had so much fun!
I had purchased the pre-built* house from Target and even though it came with plenty of candies to decorate it, we had to have more! Because honestly, in the past we’ve wondered where they got all the candy to decorate the house in the picture. I know you know what I’m talking about! But this one would have been just fine without it. AND there was more than enough frosting! So props to you Target, thanks for making this an even funner activity and letting me keep all my hair 😉
This year, I’ve tried to slow down a little and make sure that we’re still keeping most of our little traditions that make it Christmas. I will say that when Brandon’s not home, I don’t go all out with the decorating that I usually do.
For one, I don’t have the muscles to lug in all of the heavy Rubbermaid tubs that we’ve filled to the brim. And second, I’m the one to decorate for the most part, but he’s the one to take it all down and put it away.
Seriously, Caylin has teased me that it looks like Santa took a big ‘ol…well you get the picture….in here when I get everything out. I will decorate for a week or more, but putting it away? I hate it, we’re lucky we have one tree up this year, I don’t know what I was thinking putting up two!
Next year, I will do it, and I will share pics. Pinky promise!!
But even though we haven’t decorated the house to look like Santa’s workshop. There are a few traditions besides the gingerbread house that we’ve done.
Like, watch Christmas movies all day while in our pj’s eating ‘snacky hors d’oeuvres-y’stuff ( Say that 10x’s fast) . This year I purposely left the A/C on 68 while we were watching so we’d be cold and it would feel like December…
What? we live in the desert, it doesn’t ‘feel’ like Christmas when you can wear shorts in December.
Anyway, another thing I’m also trying to make sure is that we add a new tradition every so often, or at least try something new that year. If we decide it’s a keeper then we’ll do it again. But most of all I’ve been making sure that my girls don’t lose sight of what really matters and that is that we are a family, a team, and no matter where Dad’s at, even though we’d much rather him be home, that we can still keep our Christmas traditions just like he is home.
These are just a couple of them, the girls and I have a few more we’ll be sharing over the next couple of weeks!
What are some of the traditions for your family? Are there any you have to do every year or it’s just not the holidays?
*Unless you are a Gingerbread Genius…. hey! that might be a good show for the Food Network….okay sorry, back to my point…If you find the pre-built houses, use them! I wish I would have used them when the girls were smaller, this was the most fun we’ve had decorating a gingerbread house. Because let’s face it, after the darn thing falls apart 12 times, you kinda just want to throw it out the window!!