i can’t say i was overly excited about the holidays this year. i’m not sure i’m excited about them any year, really. they’re much better when you’re a kid and you don’t have any real responsibility other than trying to be good so santa brings you presents. all-in-all though, it wasn’t so bad.
i did come away with something to remember for next year, too. work harder to get annoying prep work done ahead of time!
saturday hubby and i went here, there, and everywhere getting last minute shopping done. in fact, at the beginning of the day hubby had done quite a bit of shopping before i even got up. then my parents called and offered to take the boys for a while so we could get some things done. if you’ve been following along, you’ll know that up to this point, we hadn’t done anything yet. we didn’t have decorations, we didn’t have any gifts, we didn’t have food bought for the big day other than the turkey. we had lots to do.
in actuality, it was my mother that offered to take the kids for the day. i could hear my dad in the background complaining. “what would they do if we weren’t around?” nothing like someone making you feel like you’re taking advantage of them when you didn’t even ask for help to begin with. *sigh* but anyway…
like i said, it seemed like hubby and i were everywhere on saturday. actually, we were just at three different grocery stores. who would have thought it would be so hard to find unseasoned bread cubes?
sunday, when we should have been doing some of the prep work, was spent mostly trying to recover from the day before. hubby and i still seem to be suffering from our long-lasting cold and we were both just exhausted.
this brings us to christmas eve. hubby, again, got up early and headed out to get the last of the stuff on our list. eventually i motivated myself to get started on something and attempted to make some cookies. my plans were to make a couple different kinds, but after the way they turned out, well, i was afraid to try any more. it all kind of killed my momentum. instead of getting started on the pies and jello, i just stopped cooking for the rest of the evening. my parents came over that evening to help us put up the tree.
since we’ve had kids, we haven’t really decorated the tree any because they can’t seem to leave anything alone. it’s not any different this year, but my mom brought a bunch of their old decorations over and my mom and the kids put them up on the tree. so far, there are already two or three decorations broken. :s
i don’t know how it happened, but the kids managed to go to bed without too much trouble. now, staying asleep is another matter. they both managed to wake up within a half hour of each other, while hubby and i were wrapping presents! but we got them back to bed, finished wrapping presents and then went to bed.
what’s funny is, we both woke up at some point and thought about doing the pies and some other stuff that needed doing. i got up, even, with the intention of doing that. i went online and went around to all of your pages and wished you all merry christmas. then i decided that i didn’t feel like making pie so i went back to bed. at 4.
around 8 something, and i don’t know how they restrained themselves that long, we were awoken to go out and open presents. i sat on the couch bleary-eyed watching the kids when hubby disappeared outside. i was too tired to think much of it. he came back in with a little gift bag with some nice aroma therapy lotions for me. it may not seem like much, but hubby and i don’t normally buy each other gifts on gift-giving occasions. we’ve never had a lot of money, so we’ve saved that for other people. of course i started crying. if we get a date night this friday, i know what i’m going to get him. 🙂
after watching the kids play some, hubby and i got our acts together and started working on christmas dinner. we made the pies, got the jello made and dressed the turkey. i managed to burn my thumb on the handle of the roasting pan when i went to baste the turkey.
i’m not really sure what else i did after that. it doesn’t seem like the side dishes should have taken up so much of my time, but i guess they did because i was exhausted by the time my parents arrived. i ended up taking a short nap not long after they came over. i had to really rouse myself when hubby came in to wake me.
we ended up eating a lot later than we thought we would. i’m thinking that was probably a good thing. everything tastes better when you’re starving, after all. i’m not sure whether to believe them, but both my parents made a big deal about how good everything was. probably just to keep me from running off in tears. i guess i’ll take it, though. they even said they were willing to do it again next year, so i guess that’s something.
by the time 7 o’clock hit, i was ready to go to bed. i swear i’ve never been so tired in my life. i think my parents left a little after 8 and then by 9 i was in bed asleep. unfortunately, i woke up round midnight and have been up ever since.
geez, sorry i’ve rambled on so.