Hello there! Here I am, still here, alive and breathing and getting ready for Christmas. I shut down the shop a couple of weeks ago so that I could relax, enjoy, and spend more time with the boys and Ryan. It's been lovely. I think my Christmas cards are going to get in the mail before Christmas - this is progress for me.
Life has been pretty much more of the same the last few months - the shop for me, school for the boys, and the job hunt (for Ryan). There are a few things happening with the job hunt, but I think I'll keep quiet about them on here for now. The stress of it is becoming more normal, or I'm finding better ways to deal with it. I did start substitute teaching in October and it's been nice to have a day or two a week to be out of the house and be occupied. Christmas is also a good distraction.
The boys are more aware than ever of when Christmas is and what it's all about - their enthusiasm is catching. We had a great time tonight delivering goodies to our neighbors and friends and it was fun to have two boys willing to help out. I always make many different things to give away. I get too bored making just one thing for everyone. This year our options were peanut clusters (made in a crockpot. so easy! I'll share that one later), homemade oreos, pumpkin bread, or bread and jam. And I made this fun tags by downloading a free printable (I wish I could remember where this came from - help me out if you've seen this and know where it came from) and then adding some personalization to it in Picnik. I had the file printed as a wallet at Costco and they worked perfectly. I think we might start using something like this for all of our gifts - so easy to have our names already printed on the tag!
Well, I hope you are enjoying your holiday preparations! Tomorrow is cleaning day for us...and Wednesday too probably. I hope to be back here more often, especially after Christmas. My camera is broken (I bought some things to clean it and hopefully fix it, but I'm still a bit scared to do it so it hasn't happened yet), but my phone takes a pretty good picture, so that will have to do for now. The stress of the job hunt comes and goes, but one thing that definitely helps keep me level-headed is staying busy and doing normal things, even if I feel like things could be changing any day now.