December 9, 2012


It seems like we were just celebrating Thanksgiving and, in a blink, we're nine days into December.

And it's been a busy nine days.

The trees have been purchased and are up and decorated.


Our Elves on the Shelf, Eloise and McKenna,  are back from the North Pole and busy hiding and making mischief.


The advent calendars are being opened nightly.  There is a sleigh in our front yard.  The garlands have been hung and the decorations are out. 

We've had parties too.

I was in charge of a gingerbread house party for 140 people and a cookie exchange for the teachers at the girls' school -- 66 parents made more than 3,500 homemade cookies that the teachers boxed up and took home.




And yesterday was the girls' annual gingerbread house party.  Twenty-five little girls decorated houses, made snow globes, ate cupcakes and played hide-and-seek in our house.  It was a fun, glittery, loud, wonderful morning.

In between all the merry-making, we've also had two cases of pneumonia and one ruptured ear drum.
Those weren't part of the holiday plan.

I slept for 12 hours last night -- more than I slept the prior two nights combined.

Making all this merry is exhausting but I wouldn't have it any other way.


  1. And I thought I had a lot going on . . . oh my goodness!
    Did I read that correctly . . . 140 people??
    Hoping all remain healthy in your house for the rest of the season!

    : )

    1. Yes, 140 people! This is the fifth year I've coordinated the event for the twins club I belong to. I had lots of help though and that event wasn't nearly as much work as the girls' party here was.

      Thank you for the healthy wishes! We're down to just one person on antibiotics, which is great.

  2. What a busy and blessed Christmas season. 140 making gingerbread houses must of been a sight. And 25 playing hide and seek in your house must have been a sound. Ha. You really know how to make Christmas special.

  3. Glad all are on the mend at your home!! I thought of you when I put my little ornament (that I won in your giveaway) on my tree! Praying that all of you will continue to heal and enjoy your most blessed Christmas ever!

  4. Hi Kristi,

    The cookie exchange for the teachers at your school sounds like a great idea! I am on the Parent's Club at our school, and we can certainly use a few "fresher" ideas to implement next year. The concept sounds straight forward enough, but would you mind sharing a few details about how you organized the event? Much appreciated, thanks! BTW, I had emailed you about five years ago (OMG, has it really been that long?!?!) about an adoption agency question when we were starting our adoption process. Now, five years and two kids later, we are expecting our referral any day now!! So, thanks for the advice early on in our process!

  5. Oh how wonderful it would be for you to organize a cookie exchange at my school!!!
    Christmas Blessings,

  6. Anonymous8:38 PM

    I wanted to reach in and taste every cookie you made. Wow! I still say that you need to consider event planning for your next career. The party you described sounded just wonderful.

  7. Glad everyone is on the mend! Enjoy the holiday season. :o)



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