Despite my good pre-Thanksgiving intentions to pare down this Christmas it turned out to be the most expensive and excessive Christmas ever. Best laid plans and all... We had our immediate family (Mom, Dad, Mike, Susan, Mawmaw Rice, Bryon, Grace and myself) at our house Christmas Eve. Mike didn't get off until 6 from the Evil Empire (Wal-Mart) and got to our place around 8:30. Grace was VERY patient. I don't think she really knew the carnage and excitement that was about to occur. She did, however, know that there were presents under the tree for her. When Mike arrived she launched into this dance. It was pretty cute :) She had sooooo many gifts it was insane. I didn't think Bryon and I had bought too many "Santa gifts" until Christmas morning and she had so much stuff she didn't even want to open them anymore. Next year we are vowing to do better and not get so much...best laid plans and all.
On another note, I took the whole week off, which was WONDERFUL and took Grace to daycare a few days so I could get some stuff around the house done. I moved her room from the blue room to the green room (much bigger) and turned her old room into an official guest room. It's really great now for her and Nana! It took me 5 hours to move all that stuff by myself. It was exhausting but worth it. We are going to look for a used bedroom set for the guest room. I cleaned out cabinets and drawers and all sorts of nooks and crannies throwing stuff away and collecting it for the spring garage sale. It felt good to get rid of that stuff especially after our excessive Christmas. I'll keep plugging away at the purging until I get it all done. I do love a project :)