Monday, November 19, 2012

In Which We Hang Out With Family And Skip A Holiday

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!

~Jess

16 comments:

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Talk about her all you want - I'm so excited for you!

Julie G

JenniferS said...

am so excited for you meeting your daughter in 3+ weeks! it was at the same time of year 5 years ago that we met our son in thailand too. coincidentally we will also be in thailand whilst you are there with your girl. i will be thinking of you and wishing you all the very best. i truly wish your daughter all the very best with her new family, sending you cyber hugs. oh & dont forget to drop by your blog and let us know how you all are going, i love reading your posts (wish i had the ability to do the same, oh well), jen s

suzymom said...

I hope nothing terrible has happened, cause it's so unsual for you to be absent from your blog for more than a day...

Anonymous said...

I am so excited for you as well as your new daughter....gush away! I think you are so level headed. I love your blog and it provides such a good insight on life with a terrific kid who happens to have some distinctive issues. Thank you! And I, too, am a little worried about you and yours...

jwg said...

Mild panic here. Is everything OK?

Jennifer Jayhawk said...

Mild panic also! I hope everyone is OK.

maggiemagillicuty said...

Same here! Concerned! Hope everything is ok...

Mama K said...

I'm also concerned. Praying all is well. Update when you can. If you need specific prayers let us know.

Anne said...

Everything okay? Prayers needed?

Meghan said...

You don't know me, but I've been following your blog and think you are beyond amazing. I've been worried too, and have been thinking of you. Hugs.

Anonymous said...

This is Jeremy's younger brother here. I can assure you that Jessie is perfectly fine. I was just talking to her the other day.

Fiona said...

I am also stating to feel a little worried.
Hope everything is ok with all of you Jess.

Ann said...

She is enjoying some well deserved family time ...

Mary said...

Yup! All is well! So sayeth her sister. I talked to her today.

Heather May said...

I too have been reading forever and was starting to worry.

Heather May said...

I too have been reading forever and was starting to worry.

 
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