*I have the Griswolds living across the street from me. They literally put up so much lighted Christmas stuff that it's an embarrassment to the neighborhood, really. I'm glad we're not that family.
*I'm so glad I don't do any of the holiday shopping. I have no patience for crowds or people who don't know the unspoken parking rules during the holidays. Hubby is much better than I am at all of that.
*The hawk has come, yet again, this winter. He comes every year and feasts off the neighborhood pigeons. Since the lady across the alley feeds those pigeons she thinks are her pets, that hawk has a lot of meals this time of year. Judging by the amount of feathers in my backyard this morning, I would say that hawk had his Thanksgiving meal just a bit later than normal.
*I've decided to pare down on the holiday baking. I simply don't have the time. Frankly, I don't know how I did it the past two years while having four small children running around. I must've been sniffing glue back then. Now that the twins are two years old, they get into everything and make life quite exciting. I've found simpler recipes that require less time and ingredients and I'm vowing not to go crazy with it this year. My time is better spent elsewhere (i.e. with my kids, enjoying the wonders of the season, etc.). Besides, no one will be upset about it; they all thought I was nuts doing all that baking before. Heh.
*I'll be lucky if I get holiday cards out at all this year. It's a bitch getting a picture of all four kids. I have pictures of two at a time that I can choose and send a holiday card collage out. It's just harder to get motivated about it this year. Liv is sick; Jack is now sick; life is more chaotic than usual right now. A picture is the last thing from my mind right now.
*Three more full weeks of work and the kids and I will be off for two weeks during our winter break. It's hard to believe how fast this school year is going. It makes me feel old. Time just doesn't seem to ever stand still like it did when I was a kid.
*Yesterday, I had a jammie day and made chocolate chip cookies with my kids. It was the best day ever. I wish every day could be like that.
*If I was independently wealthy, I'd homeschool my kids and we'd go everywhere. School could be so much fun at home. Kids are totally different animals when they're learning at their own pace while doing things they like to do the most. Wishful thinking...