Monday 30 November 2009

mum's advent to-do list

I've been trying to write out my list-of-things-that-I-need-to-do-before-Christmas-gets-here all day today, but it seems that my little boy is having a bit of a growth spurt, and all he wants is to be feeding or sleeping in mumma's arms... and while I've managed to put him down (sleeping still, touch wood) for the moment, I don't think it's going to last very long! So, I thought I might just go with putting it all out into the blogosphere (which I was planning to do anyway), and see just how much I have to do in the next 25 days!

  1. print out, cut and put in advent calendar all the activities for the kids advent - it starts tomorrow!
  2. finish and post Christmas cards - emboss greeting, stick paper, fold in half, stuff in envelope, repeat 83 times.
  3. supervise children's craft time, because someone thought it was a clever idea to have the children do craft-type activities as part of their advent countdown (the chocolates in the calendar was a dismal failure last year...)
  4. finish off the journal gifts for mums group - buy ribbon, drill hole in journal, thread ribbon, attach charm, punch label, attach label, tie pen to journal, repeat 23 times
  5. how are those Christmas cards going? They really need to be finished and put in the post soon... only 62 to go
  6. attend daycare Christmas party for niece and nephew, with fruit platter for each class
  7. bake brownies and caramel slice for weekend gatherings
  8. buy swimsuit for Chloe, as she's outgrown her suit from last summer (that probably only got worn once, after all, she's a tween who doesn't like doing anything slightly embarrassing with her family, and getting undressed and wet is classed as uncool if parents are involved!)
  9. attend mums group Christmas party - supervise children swimming while dad dresses up as santa and hands out presents to wet children
  10. attend first birthday/naming day with the same group of people (and maybe a couple more) for one of the bubbas from mums group
  11. make fruit mince pies, share on blog as "not a cookie recipe"
  12. buy presents for all children, bring home and wrap before hiding in the cupboard
  13. finish making diaries for people who sometimes pretend to read this blog
  14. Christmas cards... stamp greeting, emboss greeting, stick paper, fold in half, stuff in envelope, only 49 to go
  15. find a box to decorate and fill with notelets for Chloe, make writing practice cards for Douglas, make "body parts" type photo album for Natalie.
  16. attend bookclub morning tea, don't forget the secret santa present!
  17. make a sticky date pudding for Christmas day
  18. create the Kaisercraft Christmas wreath (which I forgot I had until just this second)... I really want to create one of those funky bauble wreathes that everyone is making, but I'll put that on the to-do list for next year
  19. last burst of Christmas cards - if they don't get finished today, what's the point of sending them, and wasn't that the point of making them in the first place - to actually send them?!
  20. more present shopping, cause you can guarantee that while I said I was going to stick to a budget, something will "catch my eye" and I'll just "have to buy it" and then feel guilty and spend roughly the same amount of money on all the other children, blowing the budget out of the water.
  21. attend carols by candlelight around the corner at school - this involves packing a picnic for afternoon tea/tea, loading everyone up with bags/blankets/chairs and the pram with the esky while carrying the baby, and trundle off to have some fun *note to self - remember the aeroguard and haveagoodweekend!
  22. last minute grocery shopping - for all those last minute items I'm going to forget about until the last minute and then just have to make
  23. Journal Your Christmas starts tomorrow... my current plan is to have a go at doing it digitally, but when I finally sat down and read this month's Creating Keepsakes magazine, they had a "gift album in a night" plan, and the sketch has really got me thinking... so now I'm trying to decide if I'm going to do a paper album, or stick with my original digital plan - and I still have another day to wait before I see the digital kit that Shimelle is going to include in the class... sometimes I hate the time difference!
So, that's 23 items, but it doesn't feel like a complete list... I'm sure I've left lots of things off, like more cookie exchange baking (and I'll definately continue with that tradition next year!), completing some more gifts and projects and cooking and preparing for the big day... I think I'll need to fill out a big calendar and stick it to the kitchen cupboard with a full, daily, to-do list!


  1. Wow, Cate. That's quite a list! I just finished a busy busy busy weekend -- Thanksgiving with my family last Thursday, and a birthday party for my husband on Saturday. Now it's time for me to kick into high gear for Christmas. I'm usually much further into the process by this time of the year. I need to make a list like you did.

  2. Cate - I feel totally wiped out just reading your list. You really are superwoman as far as I'm concerned. I'm hard up just organising presents for my family. You amaze me. PS if you'd like some digital 'supplies' let me know. I would be happy to share.


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