Sunday, November 15, 2009

Kids Making Christmas Lists

Have you started making your Christmas list yet? My kids have to start in October because all their relatives like to be done shopping by Thanksgiving. I pretty much just picked up 4 Toys R Us catalogs (pictured with Eva) this year and had them each mark one up with what they want. Joel marked just about everything, while Michael was more discerning. So I had them do a letter to Santa with only FIVE things they REALLY want. Then the fun begins. The shopping I do while they are with me (hiding crap under my coat). The shopping I do to help other people (relatives) out and they just pay me back. The binder I have to keep to keep track of who got which kid what so there's no doubling up. It's a full-time job, I tell ya. This year Mom, Samwich and I are going out to Toys R Us and possibly Target the day before Thanksgiving (Aron's off work and gets paid that day) to try to knock out most of it. We'll probably do a lot of drinking both before AND after the shopping fun. That means Samwich will be drunk, as well. (put the phone down ... no need to call the State ... I'm joking, as usual)

Wish us luck, and help me think of what I can tell the kids about where I'm going that day ... so they don't suspect ... jeez, I hope they don't read this blog and figure out a few things. I hope I've been cryptic enough. We'll see ...

(by the way, that's my husband with the holey shirt in the background holding Samwich and eating a Chipotle burrito ... he was all upset when I told him about the hole because he said that was one of his "honeymoon shirts" ... which means he bought it for and wore it on our honeymoon 11 years ago. so cute!)


  1. My family hounds me to get my Christmas list done by dang July. They shop all throughout the year, and wrap it up the week after Thanksgiving. Usually they all leave me at home to babysit my brothers and go hit all the shops in town that week.

    Which reminds me, I should probably send them my list sometime soon...

  2. Whatever you tell your kids, make sure it's good and life-changing, because this detail will stick in all of their psyches.

    What did your parents tell you?

    Mine never said anything, they just left us on the curb with five dollars and told us to spend the afternoon trying to get back home. Until I was 8, anyway. Then they had us up on the roof, hanging Christmas lights and they'd take off with the ladder and we'd find out about the time we saw the dust from their tires as they sped away to go shop.

    Make it good, mama. Bonus points for creativity.


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