Sunday, August 15, 2010

Plotting and Planning......

Christmas was a little unusual last year. Caleb was a little over a month old, I was recovering from the C-Section, and money was really tight! Sadly, our Christmas tree was hardly decorated and we did well to even get presents wrapped. I remember sitting beside Ryan on Christmas Eve just crying my eyes out. We didn't get to take our new baby to see the lights at beautiful Rock City, a tradition Ryan and I have made sure happened since our first Christmas together. Last year was brutally cold and I just didn't feel like I could walk that far. I had dreamed of the three of us starting new holiday traditions together. I was so exhausted from learning to be a new mommy that I fell asleep before we could read Caleb The Night Before Christmas. I have to admit that I was as depressed as I could be at that time. I remember that we could hardly afford gifts because we had not planned on all of the expenses from having Caleb. I had only planned on staying in the hospital overnight, not having a C-Section! I planned on going back to work sooner. Well, obviously that didn't happen. Sitting next to Ryan on that Christmas Eve, I promised him that it would be much better from now on.

If I have anything to do with it, this year will be much better. I am planning early, as you can see! The tree will be decked out to the max in November. I think Ryan will make me wait until after Thanksgiving, but we'll see how that goes! Caleb and I are going to make cookies for Santa, we're sending out cards, and we are most definitely buying gifts in advance. There will be no more slacking from me on this! We are going all out. I'm honestly taking my time to purchase thoughtful gifts. I've already started my lists. Every time I overhear a family member mention something, I make a mental note of it! I hate to search around at the last moment for a gift that is nice, but doesn't mean anything. We have a large family, but if I make small purchases here and there it will get done. I'm going to try to wrap things as I go, but that may be a little too ambitious!

One thing is for absolute sure, I promise to never let myself feel like I did last year. Christmas is way too special to ever feel the way I did. Blame it on the mommy hormones or whatever, but it will be different this year. I hope to share all of the decorating with you as I go.....

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