Tuesday, November 18, 2008

too busy

I'm frantically trying to prepare for our vacation.  We're going from 40 degree highs with snow flurries to 80 degree highs and sunshine.  I could not be more thrilled.  This is the first time we've made it home in the 15 months we've lived here.  And yes, I say home because it will always feel like home to me.

I had grand plans last week for getting things done early so as not to be rushing around this week. Alas, it was not to be.  Last week turned into "the week where I babysit everyone else's kids".  (And not to offend those of you whose kids I watched.  It wasn't actually hard to do, it's just all those hours of me not being able to do anything else added up.)

So here I sit, I have three more days to accomplish all the tasks on my to-do list- and I'm blogging, which isn't supposed to be on the list.  To give you an idea, here's a condensed version of my list-
  • Make 15 pairs of hairbows (yes, that's pairs) to put in consignment for the big holiday shopping weekend  (I finished these last night, thankfully)
  • Make 12 snowman-out-of-lightbulb ornaments for an ornament exchange party (that I will be missing while I'm gone) this includes painting and speckling (with snow paint) the lightbulbs and crocheting little hats and scarves for each
  • Host and feed hot dogs to everyone at playgroup this morning
  • Laundry and packing for 5 (using only one under-50-pounds suitcase and 4 small carry-ons)
  • Gather up toys, electronic gadgets (extra wii-motes, etc), and other things to distract the kids on the flight and find some way to pack them too
  • Clean so that we don't have to come home to a messy house
  • Flu shots for 5 (Jon isn't happy about this one)
  • Enrichment tonight (might need to skip)
  • Maryn to ballet and Seth to Tae Kwon Do tomorrow

I could go on, but just reading that list makes me tired.

Despite being overwhelmed.  I am so so so excited to come home and see family and friends, many with new babies I have never met.  It's going to be a great trip, like the light at the end of this very cluttered tunnel.

We'll make it!


Melissa said...

Good luck! We can't wait to see you!

Lara said...

I hate that part of leaving on a big trip. Don't feel too bad if some things don't get done...like the house cleaning. Have fun! Wish we could see you guys, too!

Lacey said...

Good luck to you! I know how you feel as I was in your shoes 2 weeks ago.

But one suitcase for 5 people? Seriously? Southwest all the way! Even when it was just me and ELodie coming home with Addysen we had 3 suitcases and 3 carryons...and I thought I was packing light!
It's all my mom's fault..she spoiled up while we were home so be prepared for that!

Can't wait to see you!

Tyra said...

Have fun with your family! It is always fun, but exhausting to go back after being gone for a while. You will probably need another vacation when you get back after trying to see everyone.

Brandon or Michelle said...

I'm sorry but there's no way the tina I know is going to pack everything into 1 under 50 pound bag. I'm sorry. You're too thorough for that. :) lacey said it nicer, so just pretend like my comment sounds like that.

Carlie said...

woot woot woot! i am so very excited. i have quite the list to finish before you get here too, so i will have nothing to do but sit around and schmooze. and shop. and do projects. and decorate for Christmas. and, as jonas would say, EAT!

JenW said...

yay! i am so excited to see you guys! don't be stressed...the house doesn't HAVE to be clean right?;)

Pat and Dave said...

Can't wait!!!!! Mom