Hey, hey it’s Friday! I hope everyone had a great week, and is looking forward to the weekend. I sure am. We’re supposed to get some snow this weekend. I am looking forward to it,  I just hope it waits until Jason is done fixing our truck. We don’t have a big garage for him to work in, hopefully he can get it done before it gets too cold, or the snow falls. **Crossing fingers**

I’ll be getting all my Christmas decorations out, this weekend. Sort everything out, and see what I need to buy more of. Every year, I think I need more of something. It’s usually lights! I let Bailey pick out the decorations last year (or was that the year before), he went with blue and silver. We’ll probably just add to that instead of changing the color scheme again.

Do you have a color scheme when it comes to Christmas decorations; lights, bulbs, etc? I usually go with silver or gold, then one other color. I’d love to change that color to purple, but I’m not sure the budget allows that this year. I’d have to change everything-the angel, tree skirt, lights. We’ll see. We do still add all the different ornaments. The ones Bailey has collected over the years, and some of mine from my childhood (that haven’t been broke or lost.)

So, how was your week? Any weekend plans?

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21 Responses to T.G.I.F.

  1. Jenny says:

    Our Christmas tree scheme is blue & silver also. It’s just so beautiful at night and to have tinsel on the tree it sparkles! We’ve had blue & sliver for a few yrs now. We put blue & white lights on the tree and at the top is a white angel with some blue in her dress.

  2. mssc54 says:

    Friday at 5 I’m taking the kids to their skool’s Fall Festival. We’ll leave from there and go to the high skool for the second round of the football play offs.

    Saturday I may go sit in a deer stand for the day.

    Sunday morning we have church. In the afternoon we will be celebrating Cooper’s birthday. Hard to believe.

    I’m VERY anxious to light up our FORTY FOOT CHRISTMAS TREE!! We just go with white lights.

  3. Laura says:

    This week is insanity again. Saturday, we leave for chicago. Sunday, we celebrate Steve’s folks 50th Anniversary with mass and a reception to follow (they’re renewing their vows). Then two more days with them. Wednesday, we transfer the whole circus over to my parents house. Thursday, I’m up at O:dark-thirty to go walk in a 4 miler that my niece bullied me into. If I survive that, it’s home to do a buncha cooking. Friday is Black Friday, so if I found any good deals, I have to get them (I’m hoping to pick up an iPod Nano for myself, actually, since my iPod has died. I really hope there’s a good deal, I can’t afford retail). Then Saturday, home. Sunday, coma.

    We don’t start decorating around here until Dec. 1, at the earliest. I try really hard to keep the holidays separated. I want Josh to know Thanksgiving for itself, and not as “that day we start getting ready for christmas”, you know? But I DO have one box, called the “Open Early” box, that he’s allowed to open right after Thanksgiving. It includes mostly Christmas books and CD’s, and the rope that I hang my Christmas Cards on. Everything else has to wait.

    • SKL says:

      My kids have already been practicing their Christmas program songs for over a week now. I have given up on the “separate the holidays” thing.

      • Laura says:

        Yeah, Josh has been practicing with his class since October. But he knows… no Christmas stuff until after T-day. I have the Christmas CD’s packed – he doesn’t know it yet – so he can listen to them on the way home, though.

        And then Twinkle shows up on the morning of Dec 1, so I’d better get moving on ordering stuff from him!!

  4. SKL says:

    Well, this week has been one of the “I survived” variety. Work has been less fun than usual (ha ha) and I have been sick. Other than getting a haircut on Monday, I’ve been picking up the kids and just bringing them home in the evening, instead of trying to go and “do something.” We did manage to watch a couple of short DVDs this week. Yesterday we watched “the year without a Santa Claus” which was a lot lamer than I remembered it, LOL, but the kids liked it.

    I got a call from the schools about Miss E – mainly to tell me that I’ll be getting a call from someone else. I guess they figure that as long as I get a contact every so often, I won’t get impatient. I’m anxious to find out what is going to happen.

    Tomorrow (Friday) I will take the girls to a children’s charity where we will help pack Thanksgiving food boxes for needy families, and deliver some goodies for the kids who live there. Maybe the girls will get a chance to see the kids in the residential treatment school. I will have to time it carefully, because the girls have dance in the late morning and piano lessons in the afternoon. As for me, I will of course have to take heat for being so selfish as to go do a volunteer event when I should be working. Blah, whatever. I have not done this packing activity before, so I really don’t know what it will be like. I’ll check back in if it ends up being particularly interesting.

    This weekend should be fairly normal. We will need groceries, so we’ll take a trip to our shopping spot, and maybe get a little outdoor time if the weather is OK. (Thursday was cold and it snowed a bit.) I would like to pick up some tights and dress shoes for the girls. Maybe I will get some generic Christmas shopping done too. At some point, I also need to do my online shopping, sooner rather than later!

    Oh, as for my Christmas decorations – you know we already have our tree up. Since last Christmas. Hey, at least I don’t have to worry about getting that done on top of everything else. We don’t have any particular color scheme or theme.

    That’s about it for me. Have a great weekend!

  5. Sue says:

    I’m so glad it’s Friday and I have the day off! I have a cold so I am thankful for being home today. We did our lights outside on the trees last weekend since it was so nice and I’m kinda getting excited to turn them on, but not completely since that means I’ll have to start Christmas shopping! Bailey’s gifts came this past week so I at least have 1 person done! I really don’t know what to get everyone else.

    I don’t normally put up our Christmas tree til December. Our living room is small so the less time the tree is up the more space we have. I also rearranged the living room last month and am not sure where I’ll put the tree this year. I have a blue and silver theme for my bulbs (I kinda think I was first with it!) but otherwise I do snowmen. There is a snowman series from Hallmark that started the whole thing!

    I don’t even know if we have plans for the rest of the weekend. Maybe I’ll get my house cleaned!

  6. SKL says:

    The volunteer activity was great. It was all serious work – not one of those PR fluff things where they give you pastries and tell you how wonderful you are. Some people had donated a lot of Halloween candy to the charity (it’s a child-oriented charity) and some folks had started distributing the candy into bags. We were asked to put a bag of candy in each food box. We got done with about a fifth of the food boxes and then ran out of candy bags. So we spent the rest of the time (over 2 hours) bagging candy. This was perfect for us, because (a) it was candy, (b) we were able to sit out of the way of the crowd to work on it, and (c) it took us the entire time and we didn’t even finish. (Some other kids will finish the job later.) My kids were fascinated by the different kinds of candy and Miss A was verrrry tempted to taste some, but I’m pretty sure they heeded my prohibition. Miss E worked her little butt off most of the time, but Miss A felt wiped out pretty soon. I assume that is partly because she was missing her nap. She may be 5 years old, but she has not outgrown her nap (not even close). After about 1.5 hours, since we were on a stage, the girls got the itch to play around and they acted out their own impromptu Cinderella production. (Got some laughs from the other volunteers – hey, free entertainment.) This eventually devloved into plain old running around. But for the most part, they did great, all things considered. And it was a good learning experience.

    I realize that adding candy bags to food boxes is not going to save the world. But you know, I think it will be appreciated by the families, and that’s important too.

    • Joy says:

      That’s so awesome. I’m glad it went well. It’s such a good example.

    • mssc54 says:

      “She may be 5 years old, but she has not outgrown her nap (not even close)”

      Ha! I’m 57 and I wish I could nap every day Lol

      Way to set the example of NOT being entitled but rather having a benevolant spirit! 🙂

    • Jenny says:

      Man I wish Hunter would take naps! He quit taking naps when he was 1.5 yrs old!!! And now he’s almost 4. So my days get very long sometimes

      • Joy says:

        I love me a good nap too. I had one napper. My first born. He napped till he was a good 3. Toby, not so much or he’d be up all night long. He couldn’t nap from a year old and on.

      • SKL says:

        I know I got lucky in the sleep department. Miss E doesn’t really need a nap, but she will comply with the order to go to bed, and eventually she’ll fall asleep since there’s nothing else to do. Miss A really needs her naps in order to feel complete. I wonder how long that will continue. At some point it could become a problem.

        Today was such a long day. I found out later that they had a “field trip” to the library this morning, in addition to the weekly “sight word test” and whatever else they do, up to the dance class in which Miss A is very active. It’s no wonder that after a couple of hours at the food packing event, she came and sat beside me and was falling asleep sitting up. She wanted a nap so badly. Then she went back to school just before her piano lesson. (Piano is a real challenge for her because of the vision issues.) And then tonight I dragged her to the grocery store. She was a good sport, though. Well, mostly. She got crabby a couple of times tonight because I wouldn’t carry her. Miss E is not much affected by physical stuff, so she stays pretty mellow (except when I make a decision on her behalf – then, all bets are off).

        • SKL says:

          I recall how I used to threaten to swaddle Miss E to keep her in bed at nap time, LOL. I think she was two then. She may not have “needed” the nap (though she did eventually sleep). But how could I send her older sister to bed while she was still playing around? Besides, usually a nap is the only break a mom / caregiver gets.

          At daycare, they shut off the lights throughout the whole building at nap time, and play sleepy music. Everyone has to keep quiet so the others don’t get disturbed. So I think the vast majority of kids eventually fall asleep, even if they would not be nappers at home. Works for me – that allows my girls to have later bedtimes, which means we actually get to spend time together in the evenings.

        • Joy says:

          I can see “quiet time” so the teachers and mom’s get can a few things done but I preferred my “me time” at night. By the time Toby came along Jason was almost 4 so he wasn’t napping anyway. So bedtime was a religious 8 o’clock and that way at least Paul and I had a few hours to ourselves. We all need a different amount of sleep just like we’re all different in so many other ways too.

  7. SKL says:

    So the girls and I watched It’s a Wonderful Life today. Miss A loved it. Miss E did her “I don’t wanna watch it” thing every time the mood was dark – which was a lot of the time before the happy ending. I talked her into holding out until the end. At the end, she was really happy that she’d watched the movie.

    So, one thing checked off of my Christmas to-do list.

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