Life Carries On, Even in December

Currently// Volume Four

While my heart feels tender this week, not to worry–I’m just full of pondering, full of soaking in this new season of Advent. And yet real life still keeps going (you know how it is, no time to wallow). I keep doing what I know how to do–shopping for Christmas tree lights, cramming in some Cyber Monday shopping (since I did absolutely no Black Friday shopping), figuring out what’s for dinner even though I don’t feel like cooking (and yet I always feel like eating, what’s with that?), managing too many loads of laundry, you know the drill.

So today I share with you just exactly what I’m up to while my body keeps working even though sometimes my heart wants to take a break.

Making// Landis and I trekked up to the Goodwill on Monday, where I grabbed a big frame for 3 bucks, with plans for my new Advent Calendar from Naptime Diaries. When we got home, I ripped off my shoes and sweater and headed outside in the cold and wind to spray paint the frame silver with the remains of my previous spray painting frenzy…It really was the worst spray painting job ever, but it got the job done. Really, take it from me, don’t try to spray paint in the wind, it’s a recipe for all sorts of bodily contortion and chasing paint that’s blowing in the wrong direction. But for my purposes, I just needed this project done because I was determined we would be doing the Advent together that night and would not start the month a day behind. So once that lovely wind dried my frame, I cut strips of decorative twine and hot glued it to the sides, in less than 5 minutes, because I had to rush off to take a kid to the orthodontist. And thus our Advent Calendar wall was made. Most women on instagram are hanging all the cards up at once, but I think that takes away from the anticipation of each new card and each new message, so we are adding one card per day.

Listening// As much as I’d like to be listening to my Christmas music playlist, including all my Harry Connick, Jr and Michael Buble’ Christmas favorites (apparently I like the swooning type), mostly I’m listening to Landis’s Christmas program CD…People, this is torture. I mean, the music choices are perfect and sweet, and Landis loves it, but this is just a practice copy, filled with a couple of songs that are cut and pasted, complete with their music teacher’s voice dubbed in at various points in the middle. And, friends, this is the same CD we had to listen to last year at this time. Which magically disappeared as soon as the program was over, don’t ask me.

Wrapping// Are you kidding me? Are people really wrapping their gifts at this moment? Please. I’m still shopping, and have yet to receive the first shipment of orders in the mail. Every time I’ve passed my wrapping paper bin in my closet lately I’ve been in denial that it’s time to re-stock…I’m kind of feeling this tug recently that we put so much effort (& money) into making packages look so beautiful, and it honestly feels like such a waste. I’m not a tree hugger, by any stretch of the imagination. But I just think the massive waste we make year in and year out is becoming repulsive to me. Yes, I broke down and bought 3 rolls of pretty paper at TJ Maxx, paper that honestly could fit right into my home decor, but I’m hoping to use all the scraps of paper I have from last year as well, and maybe even invert some birthday paper, and limit my buying of paper to what I absolutely have to have (am I turning into my grandmother, who always wrapped gifts in newspaper? she was on to something, I tell you).

Watching// Let’s see, we’ve already watched both Home Alone 1 & Home Alone 2, Holiday Inn, and A Muppet Christmas Carol…and I really think I’m forgetting something. We are all about the Christmas movies around here. I can’t even believe we haven’t watched Elf yet, a problem I will remedy as soon as humanly possible.

Anticipating// Well, apart from completing the Advent with my sweet family, stuffing their stockings with little goodies (apparently Landis thinks I always put mittens in stockings, does this mean I need to again? I think not), and enjoying two weeks off of school routines, I’m most looking forward to celebrating our 15 year anniversary by whisking ourselves off to a resort in January for one week, without the kids…need I say more???

I truly hope your December is full of both the ordinary and the special.

*I’m linking up today with In Residence and Dearest Love…., and also on Flower Patch Farm Girl...

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