I hate to admit that I fell for all the after Thanksgiving shopping shenanigans. Via the internet. But in my defense, there were some good deals out there! Although, I must say that I think my blood pressure and anxiety levels suffered. Next year I am Christmas shopping in March. I love what I read on the last Life in Grace post:
We'll shoot for that next year. Or maybe in the next few weeks. Christmas shoppingcan be stressful, even when it's done from home. I'm definitely ready for New Year's. Definitely ready for a resolution. Less computer. Less phone. Not necessarily less communication, but definitely an attempt to be more presentwhere I am.
I'm real excited to find an Advent activity to do with Ever. Definitely something focusing on the four weeks leading up to it this year. Last year we did the 25 days and little gifts or ornaments, but I think she's old enough to start focusing on some of the meat and potatoes of the holiday and not just the sugar cookies. :)
Anyway, back to Christmas Lists. My shopping list gets longer every year, and I am so very grateful for that. It just means I need to get started earlier. My own personal Wish List? Well, that goes from 0-100 in seconds. Here's the latest... except picture me. With a top on, of course. I really searched to find the best picture I could ;) It's a long shot, but Santa did bring me a puppy in 6th grade and that was a long shot too.
In the bewilderment that is online shopping, Bry surprised me and told me what my birthday present was and said I could go ahead and pick them out myself because, holy cow, there are way too many to choose from.
And, holy cow, there are way too many to choose from.
And holy smokes, people spend some cash on these things.
Yep, dragging him to Nebraska paid off because I may have planted some sensitivity to my roots :) For my birthday present this year I get cowgirl boots!
How in the world will I decide??
I have my favorites, but price will definitely be a factor, because these puppies get spendy fast. Kinda wishing we would've known this in Nebraska so we could go try some on in person. But I did tell Bry he might be starting a bad thing here .... uh-oh.
Yesterday we said goodbye to a "faithful friend." Bry's parent's dog, Andy, lived to the ripe old age of 17. He'd been around these parts longer than I have.... We will miss him dearly. And I'm nervous to see how Diesel will react when he realizes he is gone. They were real good buddies.
Yesterday Ever also informed me she is ready for home school and would like me to give her some homework. The things these kids pick up. Well, ask and you shall receive, my girl :)
What a wonderful time to visit the Midwest. I loved seeing the silhouette of gorgeous, bare trees against a forever sky. We saw more pumpkins than I could imagine. We bought pumpkins and watermelons for next to nothing. We carved pumpkins. We walked from house-to-house and begged for candy. We met two beautiful fall babies, new to the world. We couldn't get enough of family, family, family. We saw old friends. We feasted our eyes at the zoo. One of us got his first not-Mom haircut in Denver. We played in the leaves. We rode a horse and couldn't quit smiling. We got to go on a date.
I wasn't ready to leave, but I am happy to be home. We can't wait until next time... xoxo