Saturday, November 21, 2009

Christmas is coming early!

I'm at the point in my life where I don't really need more stuff. I am very content with what we have. I love that we strive to "act our wage" as Dave Ramsey says.

When you have the mentality that less is really more it takes a lot of stress out of the holidays. There's no keeping up with the Joneses to contend with. Our closest family members live 900 miles away, so Christmas and Thanksgiving is always just us and the kids. At first there was the temptation to really do up the holidays so they don't feel like they are missing out, but really the kids are just happy they aren't in school! The gifts are just a nice bonus.

Last year, we did a big family gift and the kids got a few smaller gifts. It was perfect. This year, we're doing the same thing. We're actually doing all family gifts and then stockings for the kids. Grandparents have contributed, which is great because it means they don't have to ship things.

The best part for me is that I've asked my sweet husband for his time for Christmas and he's agreed! In fact, he's starting work on my gift during our Thanksgiving break!

Two years ago, he started on a kitchen renovation. D installed the counters and cabinets. Almost an entire year went by. Last February, we got a great deal on flooring and D put in the floors. Then, before Millie was born, I finally picked a paint color and we got the walls primed. She was born in April and here it is November and the walls are still primer white.

So...

For Christmas, he's going to finish painting! And by finish painting, I mean finishing the kitchen, the living room and the kids' rooms. What I'll probably get is just the kitchen finished and the kids' rooms primed. I'm ok with that!

Once the painting is done, we can put down the foot molding and a chair rail. Then I have to sew up some curtains.

I'm sure by the time we get all the projects done around here, it will be time for us to sell LOL

6 comments:

  1. I love the idea of asking for his time. I have lived in a half decorated house for 4 years now, I know what it's like to have someone start and stop work at the vagaries of their own enthusiasm.

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  2. Time- What more could any of us want!? All of the gadgest and gizmos really don't mean much, when you look at them in the grand scheme of all of these things!

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  3. I can hear you on that kitchen project--maybe one day we'll get mine finished!

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  4. Nothing feels as good as FINISHING a project! Our family have many things partway done. I've asked for the same thing this Christmas...namely, a yardman! If my sweetie can't do it, I'll take anyone that looks like Johnny Depp!

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  5. I'll take anyone that looks like Johnny Depp and he doesn't have to do anything ha ha Our lawnmower was stolen while we were on vacation, so I need to find someone to do yardwork.

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Thanks and have a great day!