It's holiday time, and that means it's time to get together with family! We'll be seeing various relatives over the next couple of weeks, and are really looking forward to getting together with everyone and catching up.
My mom, sister and I all went out Christmas shopping together today, which was a lot of fun. Normally I wait and get all my shopping done at the last minute, but that won't fly this year since we leave exactly three weeks for Thailand and won't get back until two days before Christmas, when it will be a bit late to mail everybody packages. So I'm trying to get as much done as I can now while it's easy to hand presents off, and then we'll probably order the rest online.
Connor put up with the shopping surprisingly well because all of the stores had up their Christmas displays, which seem to happening earlier and earlier each year. Christmas is by far his favorite holiday, since it involves lots of sparkly things, lights and music. The only part he doesn't really care for is the presents; having new stuff he's expected to touch is not exactly his idea of fun.
Judging from the stores, Thanksgiving doesn't even exist anymore. Apparently we're just skipping that holiday entirely now, or maybe blending it in with Halloween or something. Thanksween. Yes.
But anyway, about Christmas. I'm having a hard time restraining myself from buying All The Things for Ellen before she gets here, but goodness knows the kid is going to have enough new things to get used to. You know, new family, new country, new house, etc. So I got both her and Connor a Christmas ornament today and otherwise we're holding ourselves back. Since her birthday is only three weeks after Christmas, if we're not careful she's going to think that America is The Land of Presents. That's not really an impression we'd like to give her.
Seriously though- three weeks! Tomorrow I'll officially be able to count the number of days before the trip on my fingers and toes. As we get closer and closer it's becoming more difficult for me to talk about anything else, so sorry if you talk to me and I start sounding like a broken record.
But seriously, three weeks people. That's soon!
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