I'm sending these out to my hubby, who did a bulk of our Christmas shopping yesterday! As I said in yesterday's post, I HATE Christmas shopping. I always say that I'm going to collect gifts throughout the year so I don't have to deal with the Christmas lines and the stress of last-minute "what the heck do I get this person?" shopping, but once again, I fail miserably at actually doing it. (Okay, this last year, I feel like I have some pretty good excuses for not getting anything done ahead of time...not to play the "I had a baby two months early and then she had to have a heart transplant and spend months in the hospital" card or anything...but, it happened...) So, I just wanted to say that he did a great job. He got a TON of stuff at Bath and Body Works, where I had a 20% of $25 purchase (you can get yours here by signing up for their email list) for only $39! He also braved a visit to Target for formula and some big tubs of mixed nuts for my dad and brother-in-law, and visited a local fly fishing shop to finish off his brother and sister-in-law's gifts. So, I'm WAY ahead of where I have been in past years! I need to make some calendars for both the grandparents and our friend who helps us take care of Bean. I think I'm going to find 12 outfits that somewhat go with each month of the year and take a picture of Bean in each for the calendar! It will take a little time, but it will be fun and the calendar will be super-cute that way! I'm actually looking forward to that. I need to do it soon to be sure we can get the calendars by Christmas for people. I think these make great gifts and they're pretty cheap to get online for the most part.
Other than that, I have a feeling today is going to be a somewhat lazy, rainy day for me. Well, maybe not lazy. I need to grade, unpack a few boxes that are strewn throughout the house from our clearing space in the garage, review some of the resources on the Want What You Have blog and prepare for this coming week of finals, meetings and preparing for visitors (we have both sets of grandparents possibly coming plus friends of ours from the Bay Area possibly....ahhhhhhh!). I wish it could be a lazy day...we can dream can't we?!?
I also wanted to share another blog with you all that I found of late that I heart! "To The Max" is a blog written by the mom of a little boy with Cerebral Palsy. I love the blog for a couple of reasons. First, she is really honest and open about the trials of dealing with a special needs child. It feels good to read what she has learned and experienced when dealing with Bean. Second, she has GREAT GIVEAWAYS!!! For instance, today she is giving away this incredibly cute box set of candles! I love me a good giveaway! So, cruise on over to "To the Max" and let me know if you win!