So we are gearing up for the holidays around here. I already set out the outside decorations and just need one more thing and then we will have everything set to go the day after Thanksgiving. I have made three kinds of Christmas cookies which are tucked inside the back deep freeze and will make at least three more kinds this weekend. I usually make 6-9 kinds ahead and then have about 3 that I need to make the week of Christmas as they don't freeze well. Most years we average a dozen kinds of cookies, which may seem crazy but every time I try to pare it down, someone remembers a favorite that I have to make and I hate to disappoint them. I don't mind making the cookies, while it can be a lot of work, I love the traditions we are keeping alive. My mom always made a bunch of cookies, and I remember helping her in the kitchen and loving being a part of it all. Now that my girls are getting older, they are helping out too and they get so happy when I call them in, assign them their task and they get to tell everyone that they helped make the yummy cookie they are eating :)
This week we have a million things going on, but the end of the week will be great with Thanksgiving at my sister's house and then a quiet Friday here at home with the family. Then Saturday and Sunday we will rake the backyard, a HUGE undertaking, but the three big kids can help and hopefully it will all get done.
Now I need to get back to my busy day. Babies are napping and so is the hubby who is working tonight to help out a coworker (overlapping with my teaching at PT school, THAT will be interesting!) and I still need to finish making the chicken and wild rice soup for tonight and some biscuits to go with it. Oh and the bathroom needs cleaning, just being honest :)