Now that Thanksgiving is over I am in full-on freak-out Christmas mode. Every year since we've had the girls I have been making photo gifts for the girls' great-grandparents. It is A LOT of work. Mostly because I wait until so late to even start loading our family photos in to Shutterfly, so I have to organize, upload, then organize. UGH. With four good solid chunks of work I finally am at the point that I am almost done with the photo book and have made the Christmas card. I have to let go of my perfectionism with these projects otherwise they would never get done. Luckily, I have realized with this (and many, many other things) that good enough is juuuuuuust fine.
Here's what I came up with for this year for the card:
Not too shabby, huh?
I love Shutterfly (and I only WISH they were paying me to say that!). I have used them for every card, photo book, calendar and print for years and years now. Their customer service is fantastic, too.
Yesterday Matt and Eloise put up the tree all by themselves. We have a fake tree, so putting it up means assembling it. They strung the lights and decorated it, too! I literally didn't touch a thing. It was a Christmas miracle! And you know what??? It looks every bit as good as every tree I have decorated, so clearly, this is a good project for me to loosen up my type A tendencies and let someone else take the reigns. I was out at Black Friday sales in the afternoon while they did this. I don't go crazy, but I do love to peek around in Target and see what they have. I typically just get a few little gifts. This year I spent less than $45 total and got a game, jammies, ornaments, and a shirt.
Yes, we still have the green lights that I bought in haste a couple of years ago.
Blech. Next year we get a new tree and new lights!
Looks like my holiday Starbucks cup made a cameo there, too.
Today Matt and I took the girls and a friend of Iris's to the pool. I typically hate going to the indoor pools with the kids because I have low tolerance with the fighting, splashing, crying, and cranky whistle-blowing lifeguards. This time we went to a pool I use to swim laps at, but haven't been to in a while. It wasn't very busy so I very lazily swam a few laps and it felt so good. I really need to get back in to swimming.
Tomorrow I will braving the elements to volunteer at the Seattle Marathon. This will be my first official volunteer gig at a race. I have worked other races before, for compensation, but never as a volunteer (I am stingy with my time, yo). If you're reading this on Saturday night, and are running tomorrow, look for me in the finisher's area so I can tell you how awesome you are! It is supposed to be in the low 50s, raining, and windy. UGH. When I saw that forecast I thought, oh wow, for the first time I am SO GLAD I didn't train for this marathon. How awful is that going to be for those poor runners?! Wait, and me! At least I will have my layers, I suppose.
So, anyways, thanks for sticking with me through my blogging journey this month! You might not hear from me again until after the holidays at the rate the chaos is picking up! If you are so inclined, feel free to follow me on instagram at sybilrra!
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