Monday, November 26, 2012

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

So, Thanksgiving is fabulous, but I sort of feel like I skipped it this year.  We did have a lovely day spent with friends and the turkey feast was amazing and I was very thankful, but I didn't really feel like I made much of a big deal with the prep and stuff.  In fact, I have felt a little bit like I'm running through my life so fast lately (lately?) that I am missing everything in my effort to get on to the next thing!

I resolve not to do that during the Christmas season, which, of course, started the day after Thanksgiving.

I won't lie, this Thanksgiving break has been WON. DER. FUL.  I have been allowed to sleep in, I only had to teach one make-up lesson, I lazed around until I was good and tired of lazing around, and I still accomplished lots of stuff.  It feels so good to have the time to just be still sometimes.  I want to somehow enjoy the next month just like I have enjoyed the past week, while still going back to work and the busy busy crazy crazy frenzy.

So, while I'm still figuring out how to do that, here are some pictures of the beginning of this most wonderful time...

Black Friday!  Every year, I complain that nobody is willing to go with me, but this year I had people to be insane with.  (It did help that stores are opening at decent hours on Thanksgiving Day, but Trisha and I still went in the morning, too!)

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Just call me the Queen of Black Friday.
We had a lot of fun.  I have seriously never done Black Friday with anyone besides my mom, so when I'm not with her during the Thanksgiving holiday (which is, unfortunately, most of the time) I have just gone alone.  And I really don't mind going alone, but it was much more fun with friends. Thanks, friends!

While shopping is fun, and I got a lot done, my favorite part of Black Friday is turning on the Christmas tunes and decorating the house.  We tackle the tree first, (after a pumpkin pie breakfast and a turkey sandwich lunch) and for the past couple years, the girls have taken over putting it together while I wrap up all of my loot to put under it when it is finished.  I love how much they love doing this--I've taught them well.  But then again, it is the most wonderful time of the year, who doesn't love putting up the Christmas tree?

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Pretend like you don't see the five loads of unfolded laundry on my bed, ok?
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The Christmas tree alone pretty much takes all day (have you checked out my Christmas Tree tutorial from last year?), but I love it.  I also love how Sophia seems to always be wearing some kooky outfit on the day after Thanksgiving.  What's up with that?

Chloe says I have to put up this picture that she took of all the gifts waiting for the decorated tree.  No, I did not get all of them this weekend, but mostly. 

And, aside from a few more gifts for the Maestro and stocking stuffers, I am finito with the Christmas shopping.  So if you see me whipping out my credit card for a big gift DO NOT LET ME DO IT.  We don't need more stuff and the Epic Vacation was our main Christmas gift this year anyway.

By bedtime, we had the tree all prettified. 

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The rest of the living room/dining room was looking pretty awful, but that was for Saturday.

On Saturday, after a lovely lazy morning, I dug into the decorations.  Puccini isn't quite sure what to think of what is going on, but I did catch her with my credit card trying to buy more!

Puccini and credit card

Silly puppy!  We already have more than I know what to do with.  I think we need to have a talk with the Maestro about leaving credit cards lying around, even if he was buying me Christmas gifts.  And I think we also need to have a chat with Pucci about napping on the table.

The girls helped me decorate a little, but mostly they were glued to electronics.  Sigh.

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I think Puccini was either jealous she doesn't have her own iDevice, or just jealous that the iDevices were being played with and not her.  Darn that Steve Jobs anyway.

The weather is certainly cooperating with the whole most wonderful time of the year theme.  On Thanksgiving Day it was a balmy 50 degrees and beautiful.  All the snow from a couple weeks ago had completely gone. The guys all played football and I didn't even wear a coat.  I don't think anyone did!  But on Friday morning, when I got up at 5:30, there was already a ton of snow, and it hasn't stopped.


And it doesn't show  signs of stopping!  (But I brought some corn for popping...) Winter has officially arrived.

And Puccini loves the snow.  I am glad of this because she is willing to go outside to go potty.  I am not so glad of this because I have to clean up snow inside the house ten times a day, even after toweling her off since the snow gets matted so completely into her fur.

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Do you see how the top of her nose is turning a pinkish/brown?  We've done a bit of research on why her black is disappearing and it can be a few things.  It could be caused by plastic food dishes, for one.  Or it could be a virus that causes depigmentation.  Or it could be something called "snow nose" and her black will return when the spring comes.

We changed her bowls to stainless steel in case that's what it is. There's nothing to be done in the case that it's the virus, and it isn't harmful to her if it is, anyway. We'll just have to mourn the loss of her perfectly black gumdrop nose.

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But, I don't know....something is telling me that it is probably snow nose after all.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I can't believe you're totally done with Christmas. I've barely gotten started! ;P

    Your life is so charming I feel like it's this painting that would be so fun to just chillax in. I know it's not ALWAYS like that (because whose is?) but your own charm makes it feel so delightfully cozy.

  2. Phew! You are much further along than I am. This is our Christmasing weekend. YAY!