Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December Goals

Holy Cow! Where did November go?? There is no way that month actually had 30 days in it. I'm telling you, I was here the whole time, and something just doesn't seem right to me. The month itself is always a bit hectic, but this time around, November took off like a shot. The good news is, now that December is finally here, all the McFarland kids will be coming home at long last. I'll try my best not to slip back into helicopter mom mode, but there's only so much you can ask of me. You know what they say- the first step is admitting you have a problem.

Anyhoo, since this post is supposed to be about goals, let's see how it all turned out last month.
Goal #1- Finish my Christmas shopping- Okay, I came super duper close to meeting this goal, with one exception. I have one kiddo in particular who has a quirky habit of changing what he wants for Christmas at the last minute. I'm not going to mention any names, but I can tell you he has red hair. Good thing for me, I won't have any trouble finding his gifts, even if it is at the last minute. All I have to do is hit the Nerf Gun aisle at Target and I'm golden.
Goal #2- Check out Reading Terminal Market-  Done! We got a chance to scope everything out when Mary and Gene were in town, and it was definitely worth the trip. If you missed my blog post about all the details, you can check it out here.
Goal #3- Design and buy Christmas cards-  Check! Wait, you didn't really think I would ruin the surprise and show you this year's card, did you?? No way, Jose. The card above is from last year. There are lots of options out there, but I always use Shutterfly when making my cards. Despite being a bit pricey, they're my go-to site. I find their design process to be very user friendly and the quality of their products is consistently top notch.
Goal #4- Find G 2.0 a bookshelf- Check! Originally, the plan was to have Graham 1.0 and Reagan make a shelf for my little guy. They drew up some designs, hit Home Depot and priced out all the supplies. It wasn't going to be expensive, but I wouldn't exactly call it cheap either. In the end, we decided to go with this prefab bookcase. I found this baby at Target for a whopping $44. It was the perfect size, went together in minutes, and cost next to nothing, so it was a go. The big guys were kinda bummed at not building something, but I'm sure I'll find another project for them soon enough.

And now onto December! Here's what's on my list.

Goal #1- C'mon- you knew gingerbread had to be on this list somewhere. This year, however, I'm going to make sure I join in on the fun. Ten years is too long between decorating gingerbread houses and I'm eager to see if I still have the right stuff.

Goal #2-  I'll begin this goal almost as soon as I put away the last Thanksgiving dinner plate. I love getting and sending cards, so this should be an easy one to check off.

Goal #3- I definitely want to meet this goal ASAP. In my experience, Post Offices seem to run out of the Christmas Spirit early, so I want to strike while the oven is hot.

Goal #4- For the last few years, Colleen has been in charge of making my home look like a Winter Wonderland.  She does a fabulous job and makes it look easy. Sadly, with her finals running later in the month than we had hoped, it looks like the task of decking the halls will fall to me. Girl has impressive elfish skills and has set the bar pretty high. I can only hope to do her proud.

Goal #5- There are always lots of volunteering opportunities during the holidays and my favorite type is when we can help as a family. I know my older kids understand the importance of service, but I want to make sure Little Graham appreciates it as well.

There you have it. All my hopes and aspirations for the month conveniently located in one place. And as a parting gift to my girlfriends out there, who are of "a certain age", I leave you with this little gem. I'm pretty sure I don't have to explain it.

"Poor Millie, that was one heck of a hot flash."  Menopause...a woman's shady side of 50.  LOL:

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