Greet everyone with a big smile – even if you’re a little more stressed out than you’re actually letting on (they really don't NEED to know that you just dropped an entire tray of desserts in the kitchen right before the doorbell rang and sent your husband to the grocery store for a solution, do they?!). The bottom line is that your guests will take their cue from YOUR mood. If you seem happy and relaxed, they will be too. If you look stressed out and totally frazzled, they might start to feel awkward or like their presence is an inconvenience, which is never a good thing!***
Now I need to fill the cupboards.......what are your favorite family activities to do? If you live in California or Florida or anywhere there is no snow and it is not -49 with the windchill please leave your address with your comment so I may come and live with you (Mc Dreamy and the Sprout are optional, but The Sprout is quite charming and it is often handy to have a DR around.....)! Seriously, it is -40 something today, our sneezes freezes mid air! (ha ha)
PS- like my idea......go vote for me! http://www.michaelscontest.com/uploads?page=6
As a reward for getting another 7 pages added to my 30 page paper I treated myself to a an artsy activity on my to do list.
This activity was to create a table centre piece for Christmas. I needed to keep it low. Low budget and low in stature so people can "talk over the art".
Blinky Candles: $rama
Glass Jars: cupboard
Silver pillars: $rama
The jewels fancied up the boring gold glass jars quite nicely don't you agree? However, no where in the instructions did it say you need to be an octopus to apply them. If you have attempted to use these I am sure you know what I mean. If you have never attempted to use the stick on jewels BEWARE! They are both beautiful AND deadly! Oh well, the look it what I wanted....a sparkly Christmas-simple and elegant. I might even try this again to fancy up a vase the next time I give flowers.
Do you have a favorite centre piece idea to try this year?
After an afternoon spent with charming ladies I rushed home at 4pm to feed an 18 month old who didn't nap all day, make 2 batches of nachos, bath a baby, make several pizzas, rescue husband who tried to cook pizzas, read stories to now very cranky and tired baby, act charming, load the dish washer, put really cranky and over tired baby to bed, glue bails onto 2 dozen necklaces for Christmas, load the kiln, fire the kiln, put in 1 load of laundry so I have clothes to wear tomorrow and now to drink a coke (or 5) and work on literature review. Please don't remind me Christmas is LESS than a month away. I think there should a be a law forbidding literature reviews due within 2 months of Christmas. I could be happily shopping online tonight but will be doing homework instead.......
perfect weather.......it is so nice to play outside and soak up the vitamin D!
perfect......friends. My gal pals dropped over 2 meals and brownies warm from the oven. It couldn't have come at a better time.
perfect husband.......as always he greets me daily with warm, loving smiles (even when I am stressed out and cranky) and he treats me to dinner at Spicy Garden.
.....all these wonderful events have almost erased the sting of backing into my dad's SUV, the ink covered assignments handed back this week with 4 more still to write, a sick baby that I couldn't dream of sending to daycare and the $10 parking ticket from on campus because when I arrived 10 minutes late for my night class on Monday I realized I only had 12 cents in my wallet. All seem so silly as I feel the warm sun and crunch leaves with my feet in the park thinking about how lucky I am to be able to plan a Christmas dinner for my family.....everyone.
What is perfect in your life right now?