One of these years I am going to be one of those women who has all their shopping done at least a week before Christmas, along with all the other things that need to be taken care of way in advance. This was not that year. Along with making a jont to Target today for last minute stocking stuffers and Kroger for last minute grocery items, the weeks adventures included:
The making of a gingerbread house (a $9 kit that Gracie wanted to try). The girls loved making it, and are excited to be able to eat it tomorrow after Santa has seen it, of course. Something tells me they're going to be disappointed because I bet it tastes terrible.
We celebrated Christmas with Grandma and came home with a doll the size of Gracie.
And we baked our traditional sugar cookies for Santa, which didn't get decorated until today. We did, however, add M&M's to our decorating items this year... which was a big hit.
And in an effort to do something at Christmas that actually centered around, you know, Christ, we paid a visit to a friend's church this evening for their Christmas Eve service. But unfortunately, it turns out that their idea of a "family friendly" service, was not really the same as ours. We were thinking loud and festive... they were thinking quiet and somber. And while I'm sure I would have loved it had we not had Tanner with us... we did. When we arrived and saw absolutely no other children there as small as ours, that might have clued me in that this was a mistake, but oh well.
Gracie had an impromptu performance of Silent Night with the other kids there (which she loved). But after 30 minutes of chasing Tanner all over, we excused ourselves allowing the remaining congregants to enjoy the service in peace!
So... home to bed, just in time for Gracie (Tessa had already fallen asleep) to set out Santa's snack, and hang his "magic key" on the door (yes, I bought a magic key at Hallmark years ago... we don't have a chimney.)
And prepared as usual, now I'm waiting for Trav to arrive home with the gifts Santa hid at Aunt Mandy's house to be wrapped! Again... one of these years I'm going to be completely organized and prepared... but this is not it.
Merry Christmas to all... and to all a good night. :-)