When my sisters and I were younger, my mom used to tell us that if we got married in December she wouldn't come to the wedding. Why? Because December is too busy as it is, so she wasn't going to try and fit a daughter's wedding in there as well. We mostly just laughed and said okay. Who would want to get married in December anyway-- it's COLD.
I always sort of wondered though why she thought December was so busy. From my perspective December looked a little something like this:
Finish up a semester of school and take finals.
Come home to start a two week vacation.
Once home, spend most of every day doing one of the following:
~shopping at the mall
~watching Christmas movies
Then after Christmas was over, go back to school and get ready for a new semester.
As it turns out, December in college and December in the real world are not the same thing. Apparently, a six month old baby and a full time job really cut in on the free time. December this year went a little more like this:
Save up vacation days all year to make sure I have enough in December.
Shop- online, in stores, whenever there's time.
Realize that spending a few days at 7500 ft in Colorado (where the low for tonight is 40 degrees colder than the low here) will probably necessitate more than the single fleece sleeper we have for the baby.
Add ward party, work party, and other possible events to the calendar.
Get pictures of the baby to put in Christmas cards.
Figure out who to send Christmas cards to.
Forget the date of the ward party, spend the day in Lubbock and miss it.
Think about putting up a Christmas tree. Realize if we get out the tree at that point it will be up for a whopping 5 days before we leave. And then we'll have to take it down and put it away when we get back. Settle for setting out nativities.
Wrap Christmas presents. Try to keep Kalena out of said presents.
Plan a 9 day trip that includes almost 2,000 miles of driving, staying in 4 different places, and seeing between 25 and 30 relatives.
The list goes on. I barely even have time to blog people! And since I don't think more kids will make December any less crazy, I'm guessing it will just get worse.
So mom? I get it. Good thing we all got married in June.
And Kalena? Just say no to a December wedding.
P.S. I took pictures of my all my nativities because I LOVE them and I want you all to love them too. But I can't post them right now. Long story. The short version is that my computer won't read my new camera card. I'll get them up sooner or later though.