I’m sitting here, laptop on my lap, sipping coffee from my favorite mug. I just had a bowl of my new favorite cereal, it’s shredded mini wheats, the chocolate version with a little bit of powdered sugar on them. They are very, very delicious.
I’m feeling sort of like a rock star because Elijah and I have been very busy so far this morning. We got the kids off to school with snow pants, boots, extra shoes, slippers (pajama day), stuffed animals, gifts for the bus driver and 320 teachers. We came home and played on the toy piano, answered emails, sorted and packaged print packages for clients, packed them up, slobbered, rolled around on the ground, played with spit-up, figured out how to print labels from home and schedule package pick-ups, ordered more boxes, cried and decided it was nap time.
Now Eli is sleeping and I’m sitting, surrounded by toys and boxes from UPS.
On Wednesday, I did a ridiculous amount of online shopping, I’m giddy that some of the items arrived yesterday!
Noah had a short play at school yesterday afternoon. Afterwards, Brian and I left the three babies with Grandma and Grandpa and he and I shoved off to try to complete our Holiday shopping. Brian has been exempt these past few years from shopping, so he was a little rusty. The first thing we did was upgrade my iPhone to the iPhone 4. It was a wonderful, smooth process, we were both extra jolly and flirty and carefree.
Then we went to Justice, which is a store for girls. We have never shopped here before but we both know that Anna is fascinated with this place, despite never stepping foot it in. It’s very glittery, furry, bright and full of Justin Bieber.
We decided to do stocking stuffers at this store, when we received our total, we both looked at each other in complete and total disbelief. Like someone had just walked up to us and shot us in the kneecaps and walked away. We just blinked at the cashier, Brian robotically handed her his credit card and we walked out, stunned. (I kid you not, the cashier seriously had to ask Brian for his card because he would could not hand it over.)
“what just happened?” Brian asked. “I don’t know.” I replied.
Then we went to Toys r’ Us and spent triple that amount. At this point, I thought Brian would not make it through the night. He was looking very pale, I tried to explain to him that this is how it is, especially when you do all of the shopping in a two day period. I don’t think he understood the words coming out of my mouth. I think he just saw dollar signs floating away.
(I have to admit. I did, too.) Nevertheless, he was really fun to shop with, we had a great time. I can’t wait to do it again next year. (sorry, honey.)
We persevered and continued to shop. We finally realized we were going to eat each other’s faces if we didn’t have dinner soon, so off to a restaurant we went where we had beer and greasy food which made it all seem a little better.
I am *thisclose* to being done with my Christmas shopping, which is amazing, considering I hadn’t even started a few days ago.
I am dying at the thought of the kids waking up Christmas morning and seeing their gifts. I know it’s not all about the gifts, so don’t *tsk* me. (I heard you!) You can’t deny this excitement.
or the cookies, the tea ring, the holiday cards and the carols.
Today is the last day of school for Anna and Noah, so now it feels like the Christmas season is finally upon us.
I am very happy about this. I hope you are, too.