Let the holidays begin!

First off, we have SNOW. And I’m talking about the really good kind, the kind that you can make a really good snowman with. Hopefully it lasts until after breakfast, because the kids are just dying to get into it. Which leads into a moral dilemma…

We bought new hat and mitten sets for each kid, but they are supposed to be Christmas surprises, placed in the w-a-g-o-n that will appear under the tree on Christmas morning. But in the meantime, neither kid has a decent pair of mittens. They both have hats, but the Munchkin’s pair of mittens is rather tight, and Tad, being a summer baby, is lucky to have the knitted hat that he does have (which was either made by Friend, Carter’s Mom, or C. – anyone want to claim it?). Right now, I’m planning to steal a pair of mittens off of one of the Munchkin’s stuffed bears, because they will fit Tad’s hands.

Am I pathetic yet? So, do we give the kids the new hats and mittens now, or wait? Anyone? Bueller?

The one downside to the mittens that we purchased for Tad is that there are no thumbs on these mittens. Apparently, the creators of mittens for babies figure that hands should stay warm at that age, and not worry about making articulated mittenwear. I mean, do I want the Chinese kids making these things to go blind, sewing a tiny thumb on these mittens? But, on the plus side, it will prevent him from picking up bark to eat…

I digress.

The Webmaster is leaving this morning for someplace even colder – Salt Lake City – for a week’s worth of training. I have done laundry and ironing and I think he’s ready to go. Hopefully, Shuttle Express will make it to our house without too much trouble. He’s leaving really early to avoid getting stuck – 11 am for a 3 pm flight. Wish him luck. Wish me luck – I’m going to be home alone with the kids all week. Actually, I’m already making plans to minimize the trauma, which include taking Obachan shopping on Wednesday at Kohl’s and exploiting her for their 15% senior citizens discount. Crafty I am, yes, hmm? (Said in the Webmaster’s best Yoda voice, which is much better than mine. I can do a decent Grover, but Yoda is beyond me.)

Our Christmas tree is staying fresh under a blanket of snow on our back porch. My in-laws brought it up this weekend, along with our names for the Christmas Eve drawing on the Webmaster’s side of the family. Why do we always end up with the same names??? I have drawn the Webmaster’s aunt for the last couple of times that we’ve participated (but at least she has hobbies that I am capable of shopping for, like stamps and quilting), but the Webmaster for the last 3 or 4 times has drawn his younger cousin, who, if he could, would live in a cave and hunt for food. But the Webmaster’s mother has given us a few ideas for him, so we may be better off this time – the last few years, we’ve resorted to just buying him ammo for his hunting rifle. Which he appreciated, but… I’d kind of like to give him something that may encourage him to be slightly more civilized.

I am in the full grip of holiday panic. Won’t you join in? And today marks one month until the Munchkin’s third birthday. Holy crap! How did that happen??

But to counteract the panic, I leave you with this cuteness:

Christmas trio!

Happy Monday, everyone!

5 Responses to “Let the holidays begin!”

  1. Dozeymagz
    November 27th, 2006 06:15

    First of all – what a great photo!!!!
    Secondly – I’d LOVE to join you in the Great Christmas Panic!
    Good luck by the way for the Webmasterless Week ahead. Luckily DopeyDaddy hasn’t been away that much on training thingies – I’m sure you will cope just fine though!!!

  2. Dozeymagz
    November 27th, 2006 06:19

    Ooops! Forgot about the snow! YOU HAVE SNOW!!!!
    I think you should just go ahead and give them their new Hats & Mittens – this way, they will associate them with the big fun snow day that they’ll have! It’ll probably stick in their minds more than at Christmas when there will be lots of other exciting pressies and things happening too…
    Also, better they get as much good use of them as possible!

  3. Little Cousin's Mommy
    November 27th, 2006 07:43

    On the mittens, I can relate. I bought Little Cousin some gloves and a hat (Wal-mart) to stuff into her stocking for Christmas, but I will pack them and bring them with us when we come to Washington next month just in case she needs them. Thankfully, she’s young enough that if we use them in Washington I can still wrap them up, stick them in her stocking for Christmas and she’ll be none the wiser.

    Dad told me about the snow last night, but he said it should warm up by the time we get there. So Little Cousin may only need to use the hat. Take pictures of your kiddies in the snow!

    On the Christmas panic, my only problem – as of late – has been that my sister-in-law, who has been visiting, leaves tomorrow and her gift has not arrived! Curse, you UPS! It should have arrived Friday, but no. They don’t ship on Saturdays, which is just laziness. So if it doesn’t arrive today I will not be a happy camper.

  4. linda
    November 27th, 2006 19:12

    Beautiful!! I am so envious!!! Can hardly wait to have this ‘Beauty’ in our home! Hurry up, Cassondra and Eugene!
    And, give them their mittens now! Cold hands on little ones? No! Get them some new different colored ones for Christmas!
    hugs and squeezes to the three Beauties!

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