It's a quiet Sunday. Tom had to attend a cross-cultural church experience this morning, and the kids and I are at home recovering from a fun night playing cards, swimming in the lake and eating way too much at a friend's house. Unfortunately, our dear friend also has a cat, a dog, several birds, a couple of hamsters and a snake…and all of those pets have both of the kids still sniffling and puffy eyed. Hanna even climbed into the "big bed" and is fast asleep.
So we're enjoying a quiet little day. And I'm enjoying a little time to plan. The next few months are going to be a bit busy and I need to get them a lot more structured if everything is going to get done.
Tom has a youth retreat in a few weeks in Southern Georgia. I've debated going and taking the kids, but really don't want to sleep in cabins with my kids and youth kids so I think we're going to stay here. When Tom is gone for several days, I do try to plan something fun and we just happen to have 3 Disney passes…one of which needs to be used by the end of October. I think we're going to spend a day wandering around. Not sure which park we're visiting yet – we didn't get to see all of Epcot, haven't seen any of the Studios and Magic Kingdom is always my favorite. We'll see.
My brother Dale is coming to visit for Thanksgiving. I'm a little excited =) We're planning lots of fun stuff like visiting the Space Center, hanging out at the Tiki Bar, making him put up my Christmas lights…the kids talk about it daily and seem to enjoy planning out his visit as much as I do. Of course, they're equally excited that Grandpa and Uncle Roger are coming out in the Spring and already planning for that.
We're also planning to spend our first Christmas in Florida this year, and that's going to be taking almost as much planning as going to California! I'm going to have to really be on top of gifts this year and make sure I get everything sent plenty early. And I think I might set up some sort of Amazon Wish List for the kids so everyone can see what they want. It's kind of cheesy, I know, but it's the best and most convenient idea I've been able to come up with.
It sounds like Grandma Fee is going to be coming, which will probably make our first holiday here a little easier. Since we're going to be in our own home, I'm really looking forward to having a live tree and doing a bit more with Advent.
Well, I want to figure out some way to display more of the kids artwork in the house. They've got an amazing art program at their school and keep bringing home the most impressive stuff.
Caleb brought this home this week and I'm pretty much amazed. The fridge is overflowing, so I need to start looking at other ideas. I'm thinking some sort of frame with a clip to hold the artwork-something I can change things out regularly. It's going on my list of projects to get done before Dale comes for Thanksgiving.
I'm also ready to start tackling my photos from our vacation this summer. I've always known I would do a digital scrapbook and have it printed (over 1000 photos from the road alone). I found a few templates I'd like to try out to make it easier.
I haven't scrapbooked since the day I spent at Pocketful of Treasures in July. And I haven't wanted to. Part of the issue is that I'm selling so much right now through eBay. When I have free time to scrap my own stuff…I just don't want to head back into my office. I've dabbled in digital for a few years and I could never see myself giving up paper and glue, but I think there's room for both. We'll see. Usually, whenever I make a statement like this I end up getting a huge burst of inspiration =)
I'm also working on planning out my next few months of sales. I've done a 12 Days of Christmas promotion every year I've sold on eBay starting the day after Thanksgiving…and with company coming I'd better get on top of it now!
So many things going on already. It's not even October yet and I fell like the holidays are upon us. Is anyone else already feeling the rush?