Still so much to do, but so much done over the last few days. After way to long with one member of this family out with a bug of one kind of another (I'm talking since Halloween) all of us were finally able to tackle some long overdue cleaning in the house. It had reached "We've named the dusty bunnies" threshold and teetering into "I can't clean up the dust bunnies, they've accepted us as one of their own" territory.
In a fit of organizational frenzy, we tackled the living room, kids room and kitchen over the last few days. Books and toys are rearranged, boxes of things are ready to go to Goodwill. I have clear space on my counters (well until life continued one today); one thing I've come to learn is how much have clear, uncluttered space affects me in my house. It feels good to have things tucked away.
I even got a little shelf up in the bathroom to help keep the sink cleared as our "one-butt" bathroom is definitely lacking in the storage area.
I even snuck out of the house the other day and got a haircut. Probably not the biggest news, but I haven't had one in around 6 months and I feel like a new person.
Christmas is slowly creeping in. The Christmas tree is up and I kind you not every string of lights we owned was dead when we tried to light the tree this year. Even the outdoor lights we'd hung and lit a few days before died on that same day.
The straw for Baby Jesus reward system is working nicely this year. I think this is the first year he really "gets it" in terms of the build-up to the holidays.
There are a few things left on our to do list before the holidays. Getting a few things sent out. Wrapping up gifts, Getting greenery, which I'm hoping to do tomorrow. And baking! I'm ready for shortbread and deviled eggs.
The only "bad" thing is that it's been unseasonably warm here - like in the 60's warm. I'm a winter loving girl and it's breaking my heart that it's too warm inside and out to use our big stack of firewood in the garage and I just haven't felt like knitting or doing any of my other winter type things. I don't think I could survive somewhere that didn't have real seasons to mark the holidays. Christmas needs to feel like winter for me or it's not quite right.
In the end, though I feel like I'm getting a lot of practice with the waiting part of Advent this year. There's been a lot of waiting and a little more waiting to come - projects, festivities and other things have all synced up with the Advent season this year making Christmas feel like a bigger event than it has in the past. I'm learning a lot about waiting and preparing - not just my surroundings, but myself.