December 10, 2010

Festive Friday

Only 15 days until Christmas!!!!  Are you ready?  Haven't even started yet?

I'm starting to get stressed out.  For some reason I thought it was a good idea to do the following:

  1. Training for a marathon - including 18 & 20 mile runs.
  2. Remodel my bathroom - using my formal dining room for storage.
  3. Take a long weekend to visit a State Park with my family.
  4. Host a Christmas party.
Now that I type it out, it doesn't look like all that much, but add to those things daily chores and I'm one exhausted girl.  Even the thought of pulling out my Christmas decorations makes me tired.

We've got them out and partially put up now.  The tree is up and half decorated.  I'm out of ornament hangers, and somehow we lose them every year.  That reminds me, I need to steal paper clips from work buy hooks before going home.

Not sure how I'm going to fit cleaning and decorating into my weekend, especially given that I have 2 Christmas parties and a baby shower to attend as well as an 18 mile run to complete.  With the snow forecast for Sunday - it looks like I'm going to have to fit the run in with the shower and one of the parties in on Saturday.

I thought I'd share with you some pictures from last year since I don't have any this year yet!

This year we actually have a fire place to hang our stockings from - I'll have to wait until Jay builds a nice fire and get a picture of them for you!!

This is a source of stress for me.  We've been using our formal dining room (which is much larger than this one was) as a storage space for our bathroom remodel.  Its a big room and largely goes unused.  I'm just concerned that they won't be done with the remodel in time for me to have my family over next Saturday!

Actually I told a lie - I do have a picture from this year to share with you - the picture taken for our Christmas cards.

We hope your Christmas is blessed (and stress free) this holiday season!
Merry Christmas!!

Love, Brooke & Jay

Now its your time to brag (or make me feel better about my own slowness):

Have you decorated yet?
Finished your shopping?
Wrapped your gifts?


  1. Cute pic! I think I'm done with shopping except for my hubby...he's hard to shop for. My dining room looks like a's my staging area and will look like a mess until right before Christmas. Good luck with all your to-dos. Merry Christmas - it will be fun to celebrate in your new home!

  2. i haven't decorated yet! but i'm headed to storage today to get my tree and other goodies. it'll probably be just the nativity and possibly my penguins that go up today, as we're headed to my parents tonight...and i still have to figure out where the heck i can stick my tree :(

  3. Love the photo of you two!

    I was wondering about why you were stressing about getting the house decorated - but yep, I can see that, with hosting a Christmas party. My dad came to visit, but that was about it. The kids were really helpful this year on the decorating - I think we got the tree trimmed in record time. (Hey, if it's a family party, maybe you could make it a tree-trimming party? Then they'd get to help put all the ornaments on!)

    My Mr. has done most of the gift wrapping. I need to get some things for him ( have no idea what....) and a couple of little things. Oh, and I think we need to send our folks some cookies. And finish our cards. But we're getting there.

  4. GOOD JOB on what you have done! I love the pic!!! remodeling ANYTIME is a pain, but atleast you are hiring it done :)

    our decorations are up, I don't do everything every year so its always different. The only things I am hosting this year are a tastefully simple party last Saturday & then a girls' night in next Saturday so nothing that requires extra work :)

  5. Um, yea, that sounds like a lot!!! you can do it though. Have fun and stress as little as possible.

  6. I love the picture of you two! I am almost done. The decorating is done, the cards are sent, there are a few gifts to wrap but I have some baking to do!

  7. Hello,

    Thanks for sharing the link - but unfortunately it seems to be down? Does anybody here at have a mirror or another source?


  8. The picture looks great! I've decorate, and I have my kids' & mister's Christmas presents, but that's it. I'm usually farther along by now. Ugh! I hope you have a great weekend!

  9. I cannot believe that Christmas is that soon!!! I seriously feel a little overwhelmed too, so good luck to you!

    Love the Christmas card pic :-)

  10. Decorating done - but my youngest son helped with most of it! Shopping? Ugh - no, and may not get done this weekend, either - I feel like crud!

  11. Love the last picture!

    Yes I've decorated.
    Yes I've finished shopping.
    No I haven't wrapped any gifts. :)

  12. NOpe. haven't finished shopping. having trouble with training and eating my face off. i'm all decorated and the house is clean, so that's something! and i'm changing my attitide starting today! what a cute pic of you and the hubs! happy holidays brooke! ps. LOVED your thankful thursday post! xo

  13. cute pic!!!
    have not decorated.
    have not bought a single gift.
    don't know when I will.
    but football is on right now, so it looks like nothing is going to change. (yea I am a holiday loser)

  14. Love the photo! You two look great and dang, that fireplace is mighty gorgeous, too! :)

  15. Love the pictures!! Don't'll get everything done - you always do!!


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