Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Merry, Merry Christmas from your favorite procrastinator in the whole wide world.

We STILL didn't get a tree.
I guess we aren't getting one this year.
I don't think Kaish cares that much.
If it is bothering him, I likely won't find out until he is 19 and in therapy.
I guess I will take my chances.
 I finally started addressing the Christmas cards.
I can't find my address book.
You know the last time I used it?
Last Christmas.
I bet it is with the leftover cards from last year.
Who knows where they are?
Certainly not me.
I opened the garage door to take a gander and see if I could find it amongst the wrapping paper or the unused ornaments.
Seeing all of the things that I needed to be doing depressed me so I slammed the door and decided to text the people that are getting cards.

I texted one of my co workers for his address.
When he sent it I thanked him and told him to be on the lookout because I was coming to rob him soon.
I don't think he believes me. 

 I took Kaish and Jonathon to youth group on Tuesday night and then proceeded to the store to buy the first and ONLY present I have gotten so far.
Are you wondering when exactly I am going to go shopping?

Me too.

 I am shooting a wedding tomorrow.
I am very excited.
There is not going to be a fancy dress
or an artistic venue.
There is not even going to be a bouquet. 
You know what is going to be there though?
Big love.

 I love that.
Don't get me wrong.
A fancy wedding is very exciting.
I love adore a fancy wedding every now and again.
This, though, 
this feels so right.
So perfect for 2 days before Christmas.
Simple and uncomplicated and perfect.
 We are going to make gingerbread cookies tomorrow when the kids get home from school.
They have off on Friday and they are eager for vacation to start.
Gary has off- are you ready for this?
3 days in a row.
I know. I know. CRAZY, right?
Saturday, Sunday AND Monday.
Next weekend he doesn't even get off on New Years Day.
I am not going to think about next weekend though.
I am just going to focus on this weekend.
3 days.
I feel like I won the lottery.
 You know what else makes me feel like I won the lottery?
These kids.
I love them so much.
Every day they are a blessing.
Every day.
When they are messy. And grumpy. And ornery. 
I love them.
 Wishing you the most happy holidays.
Hug the ones you love.
And if you are without anyone to hug,
go and make a new friend.
Everyone needs some love.


panamamama said...

What a great post. So how I feel lately but I couldn't express it. We JUST got a tree and I was so feeling so overwhelmed. I'm doing New Year's cards (or maybe Easter!)
Happy holidays!

Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

LOL you crack me up. "Simple and uncomplicated and perfect" sounds just right for your Christmas this year. That's so great Gary gets three days off...though a few more couldn't hurt too. I'm sure it will be a lovely weekend, with the most important parts all there already. Love the pictures, and happy holidays to you, Becky!

Brian Miller said...

wow what you dont have in a tree you made up in those cookies...those are huge! i hope you have a very merry christmas!

silting said...

I LOVE your pictures so much.They are so alive.Have a peaceful and blessed Christmas hugs,Karen

LceeL said...

Great photos, as always. And hugs. Yeah. I'm a BIG fan of hugs. I love giving 'em. I love getting 'em. Which you kinda do both at the same time, sometimes, but give and get, either way, a HUG is a HUG and makes me happy.


Maggie May said...

Hope your address book turns up & that you didn't recycle it with the Christmas cards last year!
Hope the wedding goes well. Very busy time for one.

Lovely set of photos.

Have a very Happy Christmas.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

angie said...

Merry Christmas. I laughed out loud about the crack about Kaishon in therapy for not getting a Christmas tree. Enjoy your long weekend. HUGS!

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

Loooove the photos of the Gingerbread Men {and adorable kiddos!} We haven't yet decorated gingerbread men. Actually there were about a million things on our to-do list that we haven't done. It can get a little chaotic this time of year.

Anita Johnson said...

Let's approach Christmas with an expectant hush,
rather than a last-minute rush.

God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith;
the warmth of Christmas, which is love;
the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;
the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;
the belief in Christmas, which is truth;
the all of Christmas, which is Christ.
--Wilda English

Merry Christmas to you and those you love.

Teri said...

What fun! So, when DO you plan to shop? :)

Sarah said...

Love these! Sooo fun!!

Tracy P. said...

YAY for Gary being home!!! YAY for giant gingerbread men! YAY for Christmas!! (But chocolate oranges? Not so much.)

keli [at] kidnapped by suburbia said...

those are the biggest gingerbread men i have ever seen!! wheee!!

Merry Christmas to you, too!

Anonymous said...

I love our blog you seem to have your priorities in life number #1 your husband and adorable, wonderful children...And you make awesome gingerbread men, I like the fact you are a photographer and seem to really feel what the occasion brings, to me a fancy schmancy wedding in the worst economy since 1929 for 4 years running almost smacks of a nutso for the couple getting married..Where I live many are hungry all week long, some are homeless, many many have used up their 99 weeks of unemployment and are desparate for any kind of job..Cold most of the year here, moss grows on our patio and grass, it rains all the darned time, when it snows some get jobs in skiing areas..It is lovely to look at in Oregon but they have the most hungry citizens and tiny ones in all of the USA I live right across a mighty river from them, and they many who fled from Portland thought our small town and county would employ them WRONG WRONG...so they are hungry and jobless and some homeless here...anywhooooo it is Hanukkah in our home, sunday christmas and soon 2012..wishing you all of life's wonderful and loving, peaceful moments, your kids are wonderful so you and your husband must be wonderful too.peace, love and joy in 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sarah said...

Love this...you crack me up! I just started buying Marc's Christmas presents 2 days ago!! I hope you have the best Christmas and enjoy your day with Kaish and Gary!

jlo said...

You are stressing me out a littlebit with the no tree and no shopping...but that's not waht it is really about anyway, right? Can't wait to see shots from the wedding! :)

Farmgirl Paints said...

Well I have to hand it to ya girl you really have kept it simple. I need to take notes. Enjoy your sweet ones. Merry Christmas sweet friend.

Shey said...

Merry CHristmas dear Becky! Okay you're not going to believe this, okay you will, I haven't put up my tree yet! I said I was going to and then I haven't and I'm with you, this year no tree. Ramsay is fine with it, he hasn't mentioned it, I've been feeling a little bit down, so instead of pressuring myself to do things I don't want to do, like decorating a tree, I am enjoying the time by taking Ramsay to the library and many many bookstores. =) Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Jazzy E (Hivenn) said...

Such a beautiful post! Good luck with the wedding. x hivennn

Marvett Smith said...

That is one big gingerbread man, and he looks delicious! I had to smile at your Christmas card address finding. I do the same thing every year and every year I say I'll put the addresses where I can find them and then I NEVER do. :) Can't wait to see your wedding images. They will be beautiful! Have a wonderful holiday my friend!

Maria said...

I loved this post. I did the garage thing too & got so overwhelmed I was depressed for days. Finished shopping today. Not too much, mind you. Just a couple of treats for my little nephews. I have a pre-lit table top tree in my living room, candles on every possible surface, some red toss pillows..done with the decorations. Not that I don't love them..maybe I'll go all out next year. I'm already on my second page of New Year's resolutions..lol. Have a wonderful
blessed Christmas Becky & a very Happy New Year.
With love,

sophie...^5 said...

Amazing.....you know what...there is a familiar theme happening in the Xmas blog world....CHOCOLATE ORANGE...seeing it everywhere...now let's eat. Season's Best to you all!!!

photowannabe said...

I lost my Christmas cards too and haven't sent but 2.
Now Christmas is almost over so they will be New years cards instead.
Hope your Christmas was fun and full of hope. Its not about the tree anyway...its family and the birth of our Lord.

BerryMorins Bits & Tips said...

I really enjoyed your post.
Merry Christmas!
I hope you and your family have a blessed New Year!

Sue said...

Nothing wrong with keeping it simple. Over the years I have learned to reduce the Christmas stress by only focusing on what is most important: my immediate family. Wasting time and energy sending cards to every Tom, Dick and Harry is just not worth it. The tree may go someday too as well :).

Callie @ InfiniteMonkey.co.nz said...

Love the step-by-step photos, maaaan that is a huuge cookie! A friend dropped over a batch of gingerbread dough and an awesome 'Gingerdead Man' cookie cutter that makes gingerbread skeleton cookies. That was what the kids and I did together during part Christmas afternoon. Cool fun.
No worries about not having a tree... As someone said to me just the other day "I believe in making your own traditions". So true. Next year I'll draw a tree on the wall in chalk and let the kids make paper decorations to selotape to it. Or something..
Enjoy the festive season! :)

Noa said...

Oh my goodness, can they BE any cuter?!?!? Wishing you a lot of love too and a fabulous new year!!


jodi said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family too becky!!!! beautiful pics! and tt's one huge ginger breadman!

Charmaine Poulin said...

3 Days off in a row!!! I hope you thoroughly enjoyed them! Love these gingerbread cookies!!!

Dita said...

You really don't have any idea how alike we are, do you?
I don't have a tree. Actually, let me qualify that...I don't have a tree UP. A perfectly lovely one is in my attic. We opted on Thursday before Christmas to only put up a few small lighted decorative ones and some of our favorite Christmas decorations and music boxes...and stockings of course, cause everyone needs stockings. The house looked plenty festive and Sweetie in particular took extreme joy in the decorating. I bought only enough gifts to fill a small shopping bag...and guess what...it was plenty. I didn't cook on Christmas I only watched movies with the kiddos and ate leftovers from an awesome Christmas Eve dinner my best brother in the universe made for a ton of family and friends and us.....it was so amazing to just chill and not have to work, work, work on the whole Christmas thing all day....just enjoy the moment with my sweet Darlings.....and then, there was this one sweet angel that visited me with the gift of the amazing friendship from across the miles...and her gift inspired me to share her kindness with another special friend even further away than she and I were...and together, we blessed another family. Kind of incredible the power of love......kinda supercalifragilisticexbealodocious! I adore you, BL......and I am planning our lunch sooner than later...WonderBoy and Kaish need to get their Wild Child groove on...and we need to be snapping away! xoxoxoxo and the very HAPPIEST of New Year's to you, my sweet friend! Dita

irishtwinsmommababybook said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!