Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Startin' the season off right

I've got the tree up, the window trimmed with boughs of (fake) evergreen, my 2 nativities are in place, the stockings are hung, and I've got little Christmas nick-nacks here and there around the house.  It looks beautiful!

...Unless, you happen to look anywhere that isn't a Christmas decoration.  My house is a mess.  All day, everyday, and there is nothing I can do about it.  Sure, I could clean it up, and I do.... occasionally, but for what?  For it to just get messed up again?  And again.  And again.  And again.  You get the picture.  Then I just get all upset and annoyed.  Plus, I am always tired.  Who has the energy to clean up 4 times a day?  Not me.  I try to get it cleaned at the end of the day, but I'm not gonna lie, it doesn't always happen.  It sounds so easy: Clean up the house once a day, after the kids go to sleep.  But actually doing that takes so much more energy than I am willing to exert at that particular time of day.  Most days.

Any-hoo, I actually managed to get my act together last night... I straightened up, did the dishes, wiped the kitchen table off for the first time in a couple days (don't judge), made a delicious AND healthy dinner for the fam, did some more dishes and put the kids down.  Having a clean kitchen inspired me, so I turned on a Christmas movie and got started on some english toffee.  

Yummy! (said in a high-pitched sing-songy voice) Both batches turned out scrumptious, if I do say so myself.  I think I am going to for-go the peppermint bark this year because, well, have you been reading this post??  I just don't think I have it in me.  But I am going to try this delicious looking recipe this weekend, so that's something, right?

All joking aside, I absolutely LOVE this time of year, and am trying not to waste a minute of it.  We are talking a lot about Christ in our home this season, and focusing more on the true meaning of Christmas.  Which should be easy to do, since I am already done (DONE!) with my Christmas shopping, so I don't have to think about that anymore.  Today we are making these when Asher gets home from school.  I'm sure it's not going to go as smoothly as I invision it in my mind, but I am fine with that.  The kids will have fun, we will be able to talk about the baby Jesus, and eat candy.  Doesn't get much better than that!


Matt and Kelly Woodland said...

Morgan, let me just start by saying that we RARELY keep up with our housekeeping and I DON'T have three boys running me ragged! Also, I am soooo glad to see you making christmas treats- so yummy!!
Happy Christmas to your family from ours :o)

Lesley said...

I pretty much have to clean my house constantly to keep it clean. It's just ridiculous. I usually have one "happy place" which is an entirely clean and tidy room... it's a breath of fresh air and will often motivate me to keep the rest of my house clean too. I've decided that people who have clean houses ALL the time are really boring people with no hobbies. I just don't want to live like that :)

And could you please send me your English toffee recipe? I need a good one! Pretty please?

Michal Thompson said...

Amen, no energy left once kids are in bed. I am super impressed your shopping is done, wish mine were.