Tomorrow, the boys have 1/2 day of school. I planned to rush home after dropping them off and spend two hours wrapping as many of their Christmas presents as possible before going to collect them. I can't risk wrapping presents after they go to bed. Although I tuck them in before 8, they have been known to creep down the stairs multiple times. If I wait until I'm sure they are completely asleep before I start wrapping, it will be near my bedtime! I need to get these toys wrapped now so I can take an inventory of what I've purchased for each. All summer and fall, I simply bought things here and there as I happened upon a good deal when I was alone in a store (a rare occurrence indeed). Other times I added something from my Amazon wishlist to my cart in order to qualify for free shipping on that parenting your tantrumming tyke book I just had to have. Now I have a bag full of gifts hidden and I have no idea if I've purchased equal amounts or who is lacking what.
So tomorrow morning would be ideal to start getting organized for Santa. But it would also be a great chance to catch up at work. I could spend three uninterrupted hours in my classroom. Heaven. I imagine that afterwards, I'd feel like a professional again.
There are also about ten thousand things I need to do around the house: make that advent calendar that I promised would be ready by Sunday, preserve Liam's art work (two meaningful pieces that will yellow if I don't get to them soon), make that table grace cube that I said would be ready for (yikes!) Thursday, cook up all that wilting produce in the fridge so it doesn't go to waste (again), get in the garage and stage all the boxes of tree decorations so they are in a helpful order for the boys and Grandpa on Friday, upload and print Henry's Flat Stanley photos for his project due next week, remember the photography appointment on Sunday and find coordinating shirts...the list doesn't end. Really, it doesn't.
I suppose I'll tackle each project as I can and hope for the best. I also have several outings planned for the boys over the long weekend (movie, museums, etc). I'm looking forward to those because I can't multitask during those activities. Well, unless you count those Flat Stanley photos...