Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Christmas Countdown

It's begun.  EIGHT weeks to Christmas.  If I countdown by paychecks . . .uh, let's not.  Here is my countdown to do list for Week 1:
1. Buy postage stamps
2. Create/update master gift list
3. Finalize plans for Thanksgiving (menu, guest list, place settings, centerpiece, shopping list, etc.)
4. If ordering by mail, do it now to allow plenty of time for shipping.
5. Check out Pittsburgh Events and enter those interested in on Holiday Calendar.

This is my favorite time of year and usually my poorest as the real estate taxes and refuse bill are due at this time.  Luckily, Mom and I were in many a right place this past summer/fall and found bargains galore! I have bags and bags piled in a corner of my family room.  The little kiddies are pretty much done. We just have to sort, wrap, and update our master gift list.  
Sunday, we sat down and finalized the Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve Open House menus.  That just leaves our Annual Ornament Exchange to think about.
Saturday, the kiddies came over for a little Halloween lunch.  Sadly, my camera was on night and the photos are poor.  DAGNABIT!  But a good time was had by all.  I mean it.  We really had great fun!

Brendan. He LOVES his dinosaurs!
Amanda, such a pretty ghost
Cammi as Monster High's Laguna Blue
Jade, on leave
Joey a/k/a Pumpkinhead
Kayla, came through WillKillYasBurg (not funny, I know)
The gang - playing Scattergories
Jake, was a dinosaur, too, but that didn't last too long
Caramel Apple Swamp
From the ground comes . . .
Amanda made yummy candy sticks

Winter Squash Soup with Gruyere Croutons
Zucchini Casserole
Mummy Dogs
Caramel Apples
Orange Punch
Ice Tea

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