Monday, September 28, 2009

Christmas Shopping

Wow. I can't believe I am typing a post about Christmas already. It is only 3.5 months away, and time always goes by SO fast b/c of everything else in between.

We have Ella's FIRST birthday party to celebrate, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Black Friday and countless appointments in between all those months to go to. It will be over before we know it.

So yes, I have done a lot of Christmas shopping already. I'm one of those people who starts the day AFTER Christmas for next year. I thrive on the bargains I suppose and while my kids are still this little, they don't give a hoot that they got some of last year's popular toys. I know I won't be able to get away with that for too much longer with CJ b/c he's far too smart for his own good. But at least I still have some more time with Ella. There are also some good deals to be during the summer months at Target and sometimes Walmart or Kmart. Yes, I'm cheap. What can I say? I raised by a single mother who had to make the dollar stretch and I am still to this day in that mindset.

There is nothing wrong with being cheap!

CJ's shopping is officially done and I did really well this year for him. I got some great stuff and am sure I spent less than $50 for him. And I have to say that I have had to start getting quite crafty with where I hide his presents too. Last year he found some toys in our closet and I gave them to him early b/c I didn't want to spoil the whole "Santa" idea. I love when kids believe in Santa and seeing them get all excited to see the presents under the tree.

I think my dad, baby bro and older bro are done also. The hard ones are the only ones left...My mom, Magellan and the nieces and nephew.

I have to admit I still have YET to figure out how to really shop for older girls. I have NO clue what they are into these days.

Did I also mention that I LOVE Black Friday shopping?

I know, how sick am I? I didn't go last year 'cause Ella was far too little to leave in the care of Magellan. He's a freaking nervous wreck with newborns. This year she may just be old enough for me to leave with Magellan, and try to venture out alone and come home and sleep all day like I used to do when we only had CJ.

I'll keep y'all posted on that one though.

Good night, sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite.