Last year I felt rushed and scattered, probably thanks to still adjusting to being a new mother. This year, I am so much more organized. Most of my shopping was done weeks ago. I finished wrapping presents Sunday. I've learned to plan better.
So, in honor of my good spirit, I thought I would share my cheer and tell you what I'm looking forward to this week:
- Not traveling anywhere. Since we started dating, the husband and I have always been on the road during the holidays, even during blizzards. Not this year. We told everyone they were welcome to visit us but we didn't plan to travel any farther than my sister's 20 minutes away. So, the husband's mom is coming Christmas Eve. My parents are coming Christmas morning. The husband's dad is coming Christmas afternoon and we are going to my sister's Christmas night to wrap up the festivities.
- Watching Peanut open presents. Last year, she was less than 6 months old so she really had no idea what was happening. This year, she understands a bit more. During her nap Sunday, I wrapped most of the presents and stuck what I could under the tree. When she woke up and went into the living room, she yelled "WOW" upon seeing the presents. (And, thankfully, she didn't attempt to open any of them).
- Spending some alone time when it is all over. The husband is on vacation next week so he is taking Peanut for two nights to visit his family. It will be the first time in 17 months that Peanut and I will be away from each other overnight. I'm actually OK with it.