Thursday, October 27, 2011

Christmas Planner

Today I caught up on my Christmas Countdown activities. I started my first ever Christmas Planner. It is not the prettiest thing I have ever seen! I had to use an old 3-ring binder from the Interior Design Class two years back. Its broken. But now that the husband and I are trying to tighten up the budget, I figured it would be silly to go out and buy a new one.

To make it cuter, I printed off a free cover design and a matching one for the spine. It will have to do for this year!

The most challenging activity for me so far was the Holiday Values Worksheet. It asked a lot of questions about what was good and bad about last year. What I remember the most about last year was stressing out over gifts! I never know what to get people, so I end up spending too much or avoiding it at all costs! I wish we could skip gift giving for the holidays. Sure, I like to receive gifts as much as the next girl, but I am EASY to shop for! Everyone I know is picky or unafraid to voice their distaste for the gift I got them. Example: I have known my husband for eight years now, and I think I have only gotten him TWO gifts that he has really ever enjoyed. That includes Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries...SIGH.

I am going to work hard this year to make sure that is not my focus. I don't think I enjoyed Christmas as much last year because of that. I would rather be focusing on JESUS! He is the best gift I could ever receive! I pray He is the focus for me this holiday season.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Reminisce and Plan

Hello World!

I just got back from a most wonderful trip to Phoenix Arizona. I flew out to spend a precious few days with my bestie, Sarah. We went shopping at the Chandler mall, went to the Arizona State Fair (where we had some interesting moments with a Llama), and spent the day browsing/getting pampered at the AZ Ultimate Women's Expo! It was spectacular!! I had a great time and it was such a blessing to spend time with my friend again. Arizona is a good looking state too; the sunsets were gorgeous.

But now back home I have to jump back into the swing of things. There is a humongous pile of laundry calling my name, cheerleading stuff to organize, showers to take, piles of mail on the floor/coffee table/counter, pictures to upload, unpacking to do, bills to pay....whew!! I am in a mood to get organized and on top of things though. Which is why I am excited to see that the Christmas Countdown has begun!

The Christmas Countdown is a six week organizing plan that gets you ready for the holidays without waiting for all that last minute stress. I know I don't have a family of my own to be organizing, but I figured this would get me excited for the holidays and ensure I enjoy them fully! The Countdown started yesterday when I was still in AZ, so I am officially starting today! Week One is Get Organized Week! Day one is about getting organized, day two has you making a Christmas Calendar! I am pretty excited to get started so I better stop blogging and hop to it!

Christmas Countdown