Snapshot #8: Tis the Season...

... to be really stressed out!!! Right?! Gaugh. I'm so far behind this year. 

My current to do list is two pages long, so blogging is the last thing I should be doing. But, I want to keep the momentum going. I'm almost done editing photos from the Polar Express ride, and I have a "Tales and Tidbits from Spencerland" to share soon. I hope. Now if only I could finish my shopping, cards, wrapping, baking... 

Oh, who am I kidding?! We all know that isn't going to happen. 

I'll be happy if I catch up on editing my p365 photos from the past two months. {oops}

Outside my window: It's POURING. The puddles are massive and we are under a flood watch. (Based on what I saw when I was running errands... at the very least, the river will break the banks. As will the two ponds near us.) And as I was typing, the wind just picked up one of our heavy metal chairs and blew it over the deck railing. Completely and totally bonkers. On the other hand, we've already had a couple of snow episodes. Everything from snow flurries that you need to look real closely to see to the big, fat fluffy flakes. So I'm very grateful it's rain and not snow out there. But the wind can stop. 

I am thinking: About Christmas! Isn't everyone?! Considering how much I already have done... I should be happy with where I am at. But... I still have way more to do than time to do it. I know that's par for the course, but... 

I am thankful for: Friends that help keep the magic alive for Spencer. He recently received a letter from "Mama Elf" that talks all about Elf life. He loved it. And that little bit of magic seems to have put his faith back where it belongs. 

I am wondering: What the next year holds. I always get introspective this time of year... but this year, it's more intense. I'm thinking about where to go with this blog, my career, my life. (Among other things.) I wonder how much of it has to do with the fact that I change decades on my next birthday?! 

Last 3 purchases: Christmas gifts, groceries, and diapers. In other words... exciting, boring, and ... really boring. The groceries and diapers shouldn't even make the list. But, it's all about the holiday prep here. I hope that by busting my bum now, I'll be able to spend the week before Christmas baking cookies with the boys. 

Dinner plans: Pasta and sauce. I'm trying to balance the need to make the holiday magical by keeping the groceries, uhm, cheap. And easy. 

Future plans I'm looking forward to: We have a birthday party this weekend, and I'm hoping that the mall with the party has a good looking Santa. While we rode the train with Santa recently, we haven't checked in with him during his mall office hours. For some reason, it's really important to me to have that "Mall Santa" photo for Milo, since we have so many of them with Spencer. Other plans I'm looking forward to... Whatever I come up with for the holiday break. Oh, and holiday break.

Kid funnies: {Milo finally has one!}
Spencer: Spencer wrote his first letter to Santa in mid-November. He asked for a robot that looked just like him, a baby sister, and Maleficent's staff—complete with magical powers. In other words, it was a tall order for Santa. 
Last week, he said: "I need to write Santa a new letter 'cause I've changed my mind. Forget the robot and the baby sister. I've decided that all I want is pixie dust so that I can fly." Santa is really screwed this year.

Milo: The other day, we were at Petco picking up a few aquarium supplies. As some of you may know... they have dog treats at the register. Well, this time they looked a lot like human cookies. When Milo saw the German Shepard in front of us get a cookie, he quickly decided to put his words to use and started his petitioning.... 
"PEEEEE!!!! COOK-EEEE. PPPPEEEEEEEE. COOOOOOKKKKEEEEEE!!!!!" 
{Please!!!! Cookie. PPPPLLLEEEAAAASSSEEE. CCCOOOKKKKIIIEEE!!!!" } 
His petitioning was so loud—and convincing—we let him have one. (I did make sure they were ok for human consumption first.) He took a bite, chewed. Then started wiping his tongue while exclaiming, "ICKY! UCK! BLLLEEGGGHH!!!!!" {no translation needed.} 
All I could think was "Thank goodness he didn't like that, because otherwise, he'd be bellied up to that treat bar in the center of the store!" 

I am reading: Oh man. SO MUCH. Just finished "Yes, Please" for the second time. Yes, I loved it that much. Also read "The Paper Magician" and "The Glass Magician" and am currently working my way through "The Glassblower" ... I've had a couple of others in there, but those rise to the top in my memory bank. 

In the kitchen: Oh my word. Let's not talk about the kitchen, ok?!  

Watching: I need a new series to get sucked into. Anyone?! I really, really need a few nights in front of the TV doing a marathon of *something* while editing two months worth of photos. 

On my frequent playlist: Everything Pentatonix. And—of course—Straight No Chaser. I love me some acapella holiday music. 

Snacking on: Cheez-its. And pretzels. I've had a fierce salt-tooth these days. 

Rest-of-the-day-plans: Finishing some laundry, doing another round of dishes, vacuuming, and Christmas shopping. Oh, and somewhere in there I need to work. OY. 

Breathe in... breathe out. Breathe in... breathe out. Repeat. 

{A quick snap of the boys from this weekend. If you look closely, you will notice that Spencer can now wholeheartedly sing, "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth!"}