We didn’t think we could do it – make it feel like Christmas. Micah’s first week of Christmas vacation was ruined because of repairs, cleaning and installation crews. My relaxed, shopping-less week now filled with lists of things to replace. We’re constantly discovering new things missing. You know, the things you don’t use everyday that suddenly want to use today but it’s gone like the ipod Micah wanted to listen to while he ran last night and the silver/wood hoop earring I had planned to wear this morning. So, we didn’t think we could make it feel like Christmas this year, but then we didn’t have to because everyone else did that for us.
We want to thank EVERYONE who commented on the last post, and sent us notes via Weddingbee, Facebook and Twitter. Your support has been wonderful and appreciated. We also want to give extra thanks to the following people.:
Dadtractor: Thanks for rearranging your work schedule even though you were understaffed to fix the door and make other improvements. You can put it on our tab. :)
Cliff, Sean, Cece of Dill Pickle Picnic, Beth and our families: Thanks for calling and sending us emails checking on us. We’re very lucky to have all of you.
Cecilia (my sister) and Aaron: Thanks for sending replacement gifts. We don’t even care they you think that they are not nearly as good as the original ones. You are AWESOME!
Felicitas, Jason and the girls: Thanks for sending the doggie treats. Some of the gifts that were taken were for Izzy. Actually, they were things we knew we’d need for her in the next 4-6 months, so we bought them and wrapped them up. I put her homemade treats under the tree when we got them and found her licking the container a few hours later.
Cathleya and Mark: The tea towel made our afternoon and then you went and almost brought us to tears with the gift. Your room upstairs is waiting whenever you need it, which we hope is soon. We won’t even glare at you when you are cheering on UCLA in our UW house.
On top of all the support, we got an extra kick of holiday goodness in the mail. Micah grabbed the mail on Monday afternoon and said all we got were cards, about 8 of them. It’s hard not to feel like being festive after all the love and piles of holiday cards.
I started a “card wreath” that I’m hoping will get filled in over the next week or so. I started making Christmas cookies and Micah made sure all our Christmas lights were on and blazing. We are planning to have a few friends over this week for drinks and festivities. We hope to get all our replacement gifts purchased and wrapped tonight too. We’re getting our Christmas on!
We had a lovely clutch I picked up in Zambia from Chikumbuso to giveaway this week but unfortunately that too was taken over the weekend. In it’s place, we’re giving away a subscription to Elle Decor.
I gave Kate a subscription for her birthday and she loved it so much that it’s been one of my standby presents ever since.
This is going to be a quickie giveaway which means we’ll announce the winner tomorrow afternoon. We can only send the subscription to those living the U.S., but if you live in another country, you are eligible to win it and gift to someone else.
As usual, there are a few ways to win:
1. In the comments, tell us what gets you in the holiday mood when you are down.
2 &3. Mention (and link) the giveaway on Facebook or Twitter and let us know that you did in the comments. Each mention is worth one entry, so don’t forget to tell us where you mentioned the giveaway in separate comments.
Good Luck and remember the giveaway ends tomorrow!