November 3, 2014

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(a portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014)


Julia: wearing her very favorite hairstyle in the world - Tiny Buns.


OH FRIENDS. Hello! How ARE you? It's November! I'm so relieved! I'm always so relieved when each holiday is over! And that makes me feel bad/sad. Beacause I love holidays! Should I feel bad/sad? Julia looked at me the day after Halloween, and said "I feel Christmasy!"

I know. I know that many people are very against jumping into Christmas right after Halloween. I'm not for it really. It's a December holiday and we shouldn't jump the gun. I've never been a huge T-day fan, but this year I'm feeling really grateful to have this month of quiet-before-the-storm until Christmas mania hits.

And when I start to feel stressed and overwhelmed at the prospect of All of It - I just think...do less. A candle here. A light strand there. It doesn't have to look like everything does online. Play a game and make some gingerbread. 

I had a conversation with my mom a couple weeks ago (the queen of overzealous holiday-ing) and I realized I owed her a huge thank you. For all the treats, the presents, the bows, the cups of apple cider, the time she took in decorating with me.....you just don't fully get what your mom or dad did for you behind the scenes during the holidays until you're an adult. 

But.....I am getting a head start this year. I've begun holiday present stockpiling. This is FINALLY going to be the year I don't leave it all to the end! And I'm so happy. I have a few gifts already here that I think Julia will be so happy about.

And let's chat more about that please. My kiddo is turning 9 in a few months. Can you please share with me what you all are turning over in your head in regards to possible gifts for your kiddos who might be around that age? Because I have a few ideas, but nothing particularly interesting. (We're always looking for fun games.) And again.....there's that pressure. That really shouldn't be there, because she'd be pretty happy with her own copy of 'Despicable Me 2', seriously. (oh and she still wants a dog....)

11 comments:

  1. You go girl. I love it. Planning ahead is the only thing that keeps me from over-stressing. Note: I still stress. The holidays are soooo much better when you're young and carefree. That's why it's so nice to be near children during the holidays. They remind you of what's important.

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    1. absolutely. all what you said! this year, i'm thinking of November as my prime planning/thinking month, with Dec being the cooking/decorating month - where I run into trouble is when I leave it ALL to that last few weeks. Like the extended family gifts - I want that biz all DONE by the time Dec rolls around.....:)

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  2. Don't give in to the ultra cool! Keep things simple and youthful as long as you can... at least, that's what we do 'round these parts. Miss C. is only 7 1/2, but I'd think by 9 I'd probably get her something in the direction of books, cookbooks and smaller cooking tools, and craft kits. SOOOOO uncool. ;)

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    1. oh i just mean....anything interesting that I haven't thought of! I'm much more intrigued by fun and unique, as opposed to any 'must have' items deemed popular in any given year :) I love your idea of small cooking tools!

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  3. Big Sis still loves her books and stuff, but she's at the point where she's started asking for experiences: a family zoo membership (which is very expensive here, ouch), RenFest tickets, things like that. You might think of something new to do with her, and give a gift that goes along with it? (Little Sis, being 7, won't have it. It's all about the stuff, grrrr...)

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    1. GREAT idea, experiences. There's a video game arcade place that she's obsessed with and we hardly ever go. She'd love some passes to that place!

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  4. I feel exactly the same as you do Melissa! Thanks for putting into words how it is at the end of a Halloween! I love Christmas the most of all the holidays but I do want some rest too. Julia is so adorable! I think she is growing up to be a fine young lady just like her mom! My daughter also loves Despicable Me 2 (she is obsessed with the Minions!). I am looking forward to see what you will do this year for Christmas!

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    1. I think Julia's kind of regretting not dressing up as a Minion for Halloween. The past few days she's been wearing a purple shirt and purple leggings under overalls with a black cloth cap on her head, and she says she's pretending to be one of the evil Minions...:)

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  5. Hi! I wanted to comment to say I LOVE your blog, I have been reading the archives and enjoying them so much.

    My daughter is 20 (gulp!), but the funny thing is I will be getting her Calico Critters for Christmas. She found a bag of them when she was cleaning out her room this past summer, and is totally in love with them. I find this extremely cute, and must admit, I love them too.

    I don't know if you guys like Disney, but the Tsum Tsums they are selling online are so, so cute. They are stackable, in different sizes-I bought quite a few of them, and they are adorable!

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    1. Hi Maureen!!!! You're the 2nd person today who has written me to say a new hello. Hurray for new bloggy friends! Thank you so much for saying hi! oh yes, TSUM TSUMS. My kiddo is all over those. That's BIG on her wishlist. I sighed when I saw them, we really do NOT need more stuffies coming to live in this house. But......my daughter honestly and deeply loves her stuffed animals. She rotates amongst them and sleeps with different ones each night. She loves them most out of all of her belongings, so if a few more need to come to roost, well so be it!

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  6. I forgot to ask you: does she still like dolls? (Blythe, Licca, etc?)

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