01 thu - write lists 02 fri - decorate the house - watch how the grinch stole christmas and enjoy some hot cocoa with peppermint marshmallows 03 sat - breakfast and santa train - darric's work christmas party at sonoma cellar 04 sun - springs preserve holiday spectacular 5pm 05 mon- madi choir concert at liberty 06 tue - make gingerbread houses 07 wed - send out christmas cards 08 thu - watch ELF and enjoy a treat (caramel popcorn?) 09 fri - max's field trip - watch a christmas story 10 sat - baking day 11 sun - breakfast for dinner in our pj's 12 mon - make a craft 13 tue - 14 wed - bake cookies 15 thu - cookie exchange 16 fri - watch home alone 17 sat - christmas party at mom + dad's 18 sun - get hot chocolate and look at lights 19 mon - go see arthur christmas 20 tue - go to the bellagio to see the botanical gardens 21 wed - bounce u (free passes) - watch prep and landing 7pm - santa clause 8pm 22 thu - read a story under the tree 23 fri - make reindeer food and get last minute items done 24 sat - mexican food and talent show at the sedillo's 25 sun - breakfast at mom + dad's - dinner at our house (carter side)
darric took the week off so we could get the floors done. monday and tuesday, i left him to go search for christmas party outfits. well, a new button-up shirt for darric. i should just start alternating them every few years, since he never wears them again. i finally found me something to wear and picked up two little yummy candles from bath and body works. i used one of my $10 gift cards. i got TWO of the magic postcards in the mail this time. and they gave me TWO $10 gift cards. (i'll save the other one for starbucks) i picked up lunch and went home for a little bit. i had 10 minutes before i had to leave to get the kids and i was craving something... so i ran to target and grabbed a few boxes of peppermint junior mints and some saline solution for darric and was out in less than 10 minutes.
that evening, dave came over to help darric with the floors. i ordered the family pizza and left for jodie's house around 5:00. and it wasn't until about 12:30 am when i headed back home. lindsay, michelle, amanda and amber came over to make their silhouette advent boxes. i did all the cutting on the cameo and they assembled them. some of us got cafe rio for dinner. lindsay and jodie went and picked it up. it got more entertaining the later it got. good stuff. 11.28.11 monday
wednesday, we ran to home depot to get a few things. liquid nails, white paint for the baseboards, and a new thing that goes on the sink for the dishwasher. (kobe chewed up the last one) 11.30.11 wednesday
darric's been checking online almost every day to see if the wood's come in. today, it came. i took kenzie to get her some cash and picked up mcdonalds and a newspaper. at 10:30, she went with markela (and her dad) to the mall to have lunch and do some shopping. darric went to pick up the wood. after he picked up the flat bed truck from work. and then we unloaded all 38 boxes of wood off the back of that truck. and 12 long strips of baseboards. the kids spent 90% of the sunlit day outside with the neighbors.
as we started to put down the underlayment, we started to think this whole diy home improvement was a really bad idea. i sent darric off to return the truck and tackled the other 4 rows of the black stuff myself. it was far from perfect, but it was good enough. around 2:00, darric started laying the wood. and by about 9:00 pm, he had 8 boxes of wood down. it was taking forever, but it looked pur-ty. madi came in and helped for a couple of hours.
mackenzie got home around 5:45. she had been at markela's house for a little while. she bought a build-a-bear (markela got one too), some new earrings, a feather looking thing for her hair and some stuff from bath and body works. 11.27.11 sunday
mackenzie was chipper from the moment she woke up at about 7:00 today. she picked famous dave's for lunch. and after knocking over her iced tea and eating her ribs, they came out and sang a quick little happy birthday to her. (we got there at 11:00 - so it was pretty quite when they were singing)
darric and i ran to home depot to get underlayment and christmas lights. it was kinda tricky keeping the 12 rolls of underlayment on the cart thingy, but we did it. once we got home, we realized we didn't have staples to hang the lights. so kenz and i went back to the depot. got some staples and two more packs of lights. got back and darric realized they were the wrong size, so we went back again. this time kenzie had to get a little (like 6 inch) christmas tree. it's real and water was dripping all over the place. with the right staples, darric got busy putting up the lights. i helped a little while the kids played outside and kobe barked inside.
(yes, max is wearing swim trucks and flip flops. it was a nice day.)
kenzie picked wendy's for her birthday dinner. she kept bringing up the fact that she is 13 now. it just sounds so much better to say 13 than 12. after dinner, i got most of our december plans figured out. so exciting. almost as exciting as mackenzie getting a legal facebook page today. only to get it suspended again about 30 minutes later. but, by the end of the night, she was back up and finding friends she knew in the first grade. :) 11.26.11