Last Christmas I had a wee adorable blob of a 2 month old. I would put her somewhere and she would stay there, content to stare at the lights on my Mums Christmas tree. I have a video I should share of her just laying under the tree making this hilarious and oh-so-cute noise. Dec 3rd due to some unforeseen daycare issues I had a found day at home with Z. We cleaned the house (me not her), had naps (her not me) and then went over to visit Nana for a bit in the afternoon. My Mum and I were laughing as she dug through the pile of to be wrapped gifts (including some for her) and just played with the boxes….and a small bottle of rum that is going into her Dad’s stocking. Z’s first Christmas we could do everything around her without her noticing, this Christmas she gets into everything, but definitely is not having any surprises ruined as we wrap gifts with her “help” Next year presents will have to be hidden away, with a lot more sneaking around to start. I am so looking forward to her being excited about Santa, about sneaking to the mall to find the perfect gift for her Dad, tales of reindeer and wise men and snowmen to come…but I will enjoy this Christmas where it will take very little to make all Z’s Christmas dreams come true.
Garret and I had tried our best to make November a “No”-vember. I have to be honest and say it wasn’t a full on “NO” but more so of a “less”vember. Does that count for anything? I made more of an effort with meal planning and when we grocery shopped I bought sandwich stuff so that if we didn’t have leftovers from dinner we could bring sandwiches for lunch. We have both been doing Isagenix shakes for breakfast so that has seriously limited the Great Canadian Bagel/Tim Hortons runs. I have definitely treated myself to a coffee on a few mornings (and I am SURE G has too) but at least I stopped the habit that we had formed. We went on a date to the movies, and then each went once separately, but I had some remaining dollars on gift cards from last Christmas (super surprise to find that when cleaning out my wallet!–see Mum being unorganized sometimes can lead to awesomeness/free movies) We ate out a couple of times, but did it on a special cheap wing night, and planned for it as opposed to just being super lazy and ordering pizza. The night that Brooklyn got sick we ordered pizza but that I feel can be given a pass. All in all review—if we can just keep this organized at least with food and making coffee etc then we are good. As for the not spending, we did buy a dog and then spent the GNP of Sweden to ransom her back from the Vet but those were clearly not planned costs.
Our goal is to move into December and try to keep planning ahead! We have made a list of all our Christmas gifts and have got a good headstart on buying them so we can avoid the mall rush and the impulse buying that comes with late season shopping. We have really pared down our list for others, and this year our gift to each other is our healthy dog. The Turdmeister. NOTHING is going on credit cards this year so this whole planning ahead thing is going to come in handy!
How is everyone else doing with their shopping? Anyone done yet?
Erin and I went out shoe shopping on Wednesday night and I was somewhat frantic. I had my dress fitting on Thursday and my very stern Ukrainian seamstress already chastised me last time for having no shoes. I needed some STAT and of course left it to the last minute. I was pleasantly surprised to find these beauties right off the bat. They have a teensy wedge heel so they are a wee bit fancy, they sparkle like a Stephanie Myers vampire in the sun and I love love love them. We found them in the nick of time and I was able to get my dress pinned up yesterday. It just makes things seem so much more real…wedding bells are almost ringing people…..43 days til Walsh! Plans are coming along really well, although most days I feel like I need to remind Garret that we are having a wedding in just over a month. His to do list is concerning me as I am not sure if it is getting taken care of…what I call reminding he calls nagging. (but I swear it is just friendly reminders!) However I will call it frustrating when September rolls around and he still hasn’t got his groomsmen gifts sorted out 😉 But I digress….my shoes my dress squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Garret and I were having a series of unfortunate events when it came to vehicles in the past few months. The truck blew up on us at the end of the winter and the Camry aka the Donald had been giving me nothing but problems. I meant to write a post regarding the demise of the Donald. We sent that beeotch for scrap metal at the beginning of April (RIP). As he was off travelling I have been driving my brother’s death trap of a Focus since then. As Taylor’s return date from Thailand approaches, G and I had to hop to it to find another vehicle. Contrary to our usual method of impulsive/non-planning decision making, we have spent the past few months test driving and researching. It has been a fun, exciting experience, but also a pretty scary one. I have never spent that much money on something I couldn’t a) live in or b) get a degree from (that’s right over priced education I’m talkin’ to you). But I digress…as usual…So we have now welcomed an awesome Chevy Cruze into our family. Pictures to follow, as well as anecdotes about G and I fighting over who gets to drive it. We will be accepting suggestions on what to name this one. (by we I mean me cause G doesn’t really care that much on what we name our cars)