Friday, December 19, 2008

Sharing Christmas

Better late than never, right? Well, most of ya'll know I'm rather minimalist when it comes to decorating. I actually did a little better this year than some other years, but still doesn't come close to most of what I see on Megan's blog.

So, here we go.
We, too, go to the "daddy store" for our tree, though no one here calls it that. So, here's the entrance of the tree.

And here's getting the tree set up:
And here's our ornament box. Our ornaments are a mix of my ornaments growing up, lots of Polish hand blown glass from M's mom, and the rest just picked up here and there and I'm not really sure where they came from...

And here's the finished project.
Now, those of you who were part of the recent email string will notice that the lights are white, not colored. We used to have colored, but I could not find them, and since we had white, white it became... I do prefer colored and blinking though. I'm immature like that.
Next is our homemade stockings. I would love to take credit for them, but all I do is buy the material and take it to my mom. I somewhat regret the size. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but now it's impossible to fill them up.
And lastly, we hang all our cards on the arch going into the dining room.

And that's it. I hope you enjoyed the tour of our Christmas. I've enjoyed your!
Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Back in the saddle

Well, today was my first day back to work. And, it's okay. I wasn't sure how I would feel about it. It was definitely more traumatic with N. She was my first baby and I was so convinced that we would both die if I worked. Obviously, we have both survived. Thankfully, this time I am in the office only three days a week, as well, so that helps a lot. While I certainly miss C. and loathe the 3 times per day pumping sessions, this works for me. It is such a controversial subject it seems. Believe me, I get the guilt trips from my mom regularly. I definitely understand the desire to stay home. Regardless of the money situation, though, I'm not sure I would be happy as a 100% SAHM. I just don't know that I can be that selfless. To be all about the kids all the time. I feel as if I could be stumbling into dangerous territory, and while not too many people read this, I don't want to write anything that can be misconstrued, so I'll leave it at this: I work in an office part time. It works for me. I understand those who do not. It works for them. There, is that pacifist enough? :)