Saturday, December 09, 2006

Christmas, already?

My daughter had her birthday. I made her a cake, or rather - Dorothy from the bakery made the actual cake - I just cut it and decorated it.

We put up the Christmas tree.

I cleverly merely switched the Christmas lights on once again. Yes folks, I never managed to take them down after last Christmas. (It got to July this year, and I figured we were now closer to Christmas than not Christmas - if that makes any sense. Anyhow, it made perfect sense to me at the time) Oh, the joys of being slack are manyfold!

I have been braving the shops to search for those elusive magical gifts.

I have been finishing a scrapbook (my first ever) of our Canada trip for Benjamin, and starting one for Laura. I realise this project is progressing at a staggeringly sloooooow pace. My attitude can be summed up by this conversation I had in the arts & craft shop yesterday:

Cute blond teen salesgirl - "Oh, you're getting some cute colours. I just love scrapbooking!!"

Frazzled, headachey mother-of-two - "I hate it."

(short silence)

cute blond - "Oh! ha ha! Um, well, I haven't had much time for it lately..." (edges steadily away from frazzled mother)

I have been enjoying reading all your blogs, and hearing what everyone has been up to. I hope you're all beginning to feel that festive spirit stir within you ....

'It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!'


Anonymous said...

I think that it is a good idea to leave the Christmas lights up year round!!! After all, there is so much work putting everything up and then taking it down. I am always sad to see our faux tree go back in it's box.

Remiman said...

I love Christmas!Internet shopping has only enhanced my ability to find and purshase the "right" gift to surprise and delight. My wish is for Christmas to be on Saturday every year. My kids all live away and I'd like the extra day to be with them!
Thanks for bringing us into your home again.

Anonymous said...

your so creative with that cake.

meggie said...

Lovely Cake!
I'll bet your daughter was thrilled.
Happy Birthday to her!

Stomper Girl said...

Love the cake! and the Christmas lights story. We too have a couple of Christmas decorations that have become relevant again after hanging neglected all year looking wrong!

Motherkitty said...

Happy birthday, Laura Lou. Are we six now? Pretty grown up.

Lovely tree, and so clever you are to leave the lights on. All you have to do is plug it in.

We are definitely ready. The presents are purchased, wrapped, and labeled. My Christmas newsletters are mailed. The stockings are hung and my Christmas decorations are displayed on my entertainment center. Our tree is up and decorated. The menu for Christmas dinner is planned and the guests invited. Now all I have to do is shop, cook, bake, and straighten up the house. Don't you just love the holidays?

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to Laura - I hope she had a great day - fantastic cake!

I'm looking forward to Christmas, but can it wait another month - please?

Kerri said...

Bah humbug! I'm up to my ears in Christmas cards. Tell me it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas when I'm finished, OK?
Until then, I don't wanna hear it!
Oh that Motherkitty is making me sick...I hate people who are that organized!!!!
Seriously Jelly, I'm just kidding (sort of). I am feeling way behind though, especially after this week's drama.
Wishing your little Lady Laura a happy happy birthday! Your cake is a sweet masterpiece and I'm sure Laura was thrilled with it. Ben too :)

Heather said...

You did a great job on the cake!

John Cowart said...

I know it's hard to take care of something special for a December birthday; three of my kids have December birthdays between now and New Year's Day and they always get a bit lost in Christmas activities.

Bec of the Ladies Lounge said...

Ah, so YOU'RE the ones with the lights, the ones the whole street's been discussing since February... Tut, tut, tut. !

It's nice to hear other people struggle with the December birthday thing: my husband is December 18 which is not only a week befor Xmas but also usually falls right on my busiest time of the year for work (as in, the middle of several 18 hour days) - poor man!

I couldn't send him around to you for some leftover butterfly cake, could I?

Val said...

Yippee! Someone else who still has their Christmas decorations up! But I've promised the Man Who Cooks that I definitely will take them down in January...

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Oh how I hate to take the decorations down. I have to be nagged & nagged until they finally come down. I love to decorate for Christmas, but I wish someone would come over and put away my decorations.

Happy Belated Birthday to Laura and what a pretty butterfly cake. I bet the kids are happy to see the Christmas tree up and I bet they helped decorate.

This week I must start on my baking and candy making. The gifts aren't wrapped yet because I forgot to buy wrapping paper. Christmas is fast approaching and now I am starting to feel stressed by not being ready yet. I wish I had another month to prepare. I also feel like 'rel'...I wish Christmas was always on a Saturday.

mackeydoodle said...

I like to scrapbook but just never have the time to sit down & do it.
Pretty cake.
Happy Birthday Laura!

susan said...

It is definitely looking a lot like Christmas at your house! Great idea for the scrapbooks, I ususally have some good ideas for making presents, but unfortunately the ideas come too late to do much about them. Why can't we think of these great things back in the summer or fall?

Good luck on your crafts!

shellyC said...

Fantastic Cake!!! Happy Birthday to Laura.

Slack Mum - we have more and more in common my dear Jelly!!

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