Notes to my future self

A few reminders for next year's holiday season:

---Don't buy Groupon or LivingSocial deals for events ahead of time.  This time of year is ridiculously busy, and all your family will want is a peaceful afternoon at home.

(We missed out on a second pre-paid deal this weekend, when nap only lasted 40 minutes and we decided to forgo Holiday Lights at the Zoo.)

(We saw Alvin and the Chipmunks at the theater instead...and had a pretty great time!)

---Book a photography session in October, instead of November, so you will have pictures back in plenty of time for holiday projects.

---Don't buy a movie your children loved last year...chances are, they will want nothing to do with it this year (ahem, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer).

---Let Jeremy claim a good spot to stand along the wall for the girls' MDO Christmas program, so maybe you will have better pictures than this:

Christmas program
Can you spot my little angels?  One of them is yawning...  : )
---Do all the holiday decorating in one day.  You will NOT want to start over on a new project the next weekend, so just get it all done at the same time.  (This would explain why there are no topiary trees on my porch this year, as well as why the cute little snowflake decorations I bought for the girls' room are still in the bag from Target.)

---Clean out the closets in early fall to prepare for the onslaught of wrapping supplies, gifts, stocking stuffers, and craft materials...that stuff takes up a lot of room!

---Related:  do not buy any more red ribbon.  There are three nearly-full rolls left from previous years in the hall closet.  (If you clean out the closet as planned, you will know this already.)

---Find a better hiding spot for Addison & Mackenzie's presents.  They will be a little older and wiser in 2012, and might not accept that the Dora accessories set Mackenzie just found in the bottom of her mother's closet is a present for potty training and not part of Santa's stockpile.

(Yes, they got the Dora set this morning and I don't feel badly about it at all, because I have TWO POTTY-TRAINED CHILDREN!!  I think that deserves the caps-lock key, don't you?)


  1. Wait, wait, wait! Dora = potty trained?! HOLLA!

  2. I hear ya on the Groupon, Living Social, etc... I buy too many and can't keep up with them! We were about to walk into the movies the other night and I said, WAIT! I have a coupon for here and then couldn't remember which site I bought it from in time! Pointless ;)


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