Christmas Eve... all is quiet

It's Christmas Eve and all is quiet in the Harrigan household.  The stockings are hung one by one upon the mantle awaiting the goodies from Santa.  The presents are wrapped and put under the tree. 

There is a system even for the wrapping of the presents.  Santa's presents are always wrapped in solid red paper.  Each child gets their own paper for the presents from mommy and daddy.  They don't know what wrapping paper is theirs until Christmas morning.  They will learn what paper is theirs when they open the small gift in their stocking.  To date it has been the ornament for this year.  This will enable them to shake and scheme each of the presents but they still won't know which is theirs. 

We all still believe in Santa and we are lucky to have children who still believe.  Although as Walker says as he is looking at the fireplace, "Mommy, you need to put out the fire because Santa will burn his butt."  It is nice to have a child that is concerned for the welfare of others.  On that note we all say good night until tomorrow. 

We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, a year full of love, laughter and happiness and the ability to make memories that last a lifetime.

The Christmas Meme 2007

I've been tagged by Reflections by Kris.  I hereby follow good blogiquette and give you my Christmas Meme:

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? - I am learning to love to wrap.  If I start early enough and take a day off I can enjoy.  If I am rushed towards the end bags become my savior.

2. Real or artificial tree? - I know it is bad for the environment but gotta have a real tree.  Nothing beats the smell of pine for Christmas.

3. When do you put up your tree? - Usually two weeks before Christmas. 

4. When do you take the tree down? -  Usually the day after Christmas.

5. Do you like eggnog? - Absolutely.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? - Teddy Bear Hamsters from my dad.  It was the only thing I wanted for Christmas.  The problem was there was a male and female.  We had babies within weeks.

7. Do you have a nativity scene? - No.

8. Worst Christ gift you've ever received? - Ummm.  That's a tough one.  There is none that really stands out.

9. Mail or e-mail Christmas cards? - Mail.  It's personal and pretty.

10. Favorite Christmas movie?A Christmas Story. My absolute favorite!!

11. When do you start shopping for Christmas? - We have to start early as finances dictate that we can't leave it to the last minute.  I usually do all the shopping other than what my husband does for me.

12. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? - Prime Rib for dinner and red velvet cake that I make from scratch.

13. Clear or colored lights on the tree? - Clear.

14. Favorite Christmas song? - Carol of the Bells and O Holy Night.

So the deal with this Christmas Meme is that you are supposed to tag 3 people.  I am tagging Cheysu, Snogdot, and Wenchy.

Friendship Contract

I recieved this via e-mail and thought it worth sharing with all of you.

After serious & cautious consideration.....your contract of friendship has been renewed for the New Year 2008!  It was a very hard decision to make. So try not to screw it up!!!                              

                         **My Wish for You in 2008**

May peace break into your house and may thieves come to steal your debts.

May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet of $100 bills.

May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips!

May your clothes smell of success like smoking tires and...

May happiness slap you across the face and...

May your tears be that of joy.

May the problems you had forget your home address!

In simple words ............

May 2008 be the best year of your life!!!

How Well Would You Do?

You Scored an A

You got 10/10 questions correct.

It's pretty obvious that you don't make basic grammatical errors.
If anything, you're annoyed when people make simple mistakes on their blogs.
As far as people with bad grammar go, you know they're only human.
And it's humanity and its current condition that truly disturb you sometimes.

Take the test to find out how you do - The It's Its There Their They're Quiz.

h/t to Kris @ Reflections by Kris.

Pat Pat Rocket

shopping.jpgMost of us get a little stressed around this time of year.  As my husband very well knows I do 95% of the shopping for the kids and the rest of the family.  It is exhausting to say the least.  I try and to think of the perfect gift for everyone on my list.  I am not one to just give a gift because I am suppose to.  Alot of thought and sometimes energy go into actually finding that perfect gift.  There is nothing like watching the face of people and especially children when they open something that they have wanted near and dear to their hearts.

As I mentioned before Walker merely circled two things in a whole catalog of toys.  How can I not hunt down those specific things.  He isn't being greedy... he just knows what he wants.  He has no concept of how expensive some toys are or how hard they may be to find. 

Both of my boys love to watch The Little Einsteins.  Pat Pat Rocket is the ship in which the little characters ride around.  I didn't even know this until I had to go find the contraption.  I went to Toys R Us and said I need to find the red ship that the Little Einsteins ride in.  This teenager looked at me and gingerly said, "oh you mean the Pat Pat Rocket".  How the hell did he know this.  I am the ones with the kids.  Of course they didn't have it there.  I soon found out that it is exclusively sold at Target.  Well that should be easy I will just go there.  Right...*sigh*... easier said than done.  Not there and no sign of when it would be.  The toy cost $35 at Target so it wasn't out of the toy gift price range.  It was just a matter of finding it.

So I go home and jump on-line.  Much to my surprise I did find it.  But holy cow it was now at least $60... and that was WITHOUT shipping.  I was getting desperate as most parents do when trying to find the perfect toy.  I found someone who had it and shipping was included for the mere price of $65.  Call me crazy but I was on a mission and I would be able to deliver the toy of his dreams.  The problem is Santa gets all the credit.  Yeah Santa is great but come on he has all his little elves to help him out... mainly parents scattered all over the world.  My mind was set at ease.  The perfect toy was on it's way.

Here comes the best part...

My friend Sue calls me two days later and says, "I was going to call you last night at 9:50 but knew it was going to be too late."

Okay, I'll bite, "Why?"

"I was at Target last night and they had a bunch of the Pat Pat Rockets for $40."

As Jeff Foxworthy would say... "Here's your sign."

Yup I felt stupid but all I could do was laugh so to sum it up... here it is.

Unable to find the Pat Pat Rocket at Target for $35... frustrating

Pat Pat Rocket on EBay... $65

Watching your children open the perfect gift that you went all over town and paid twice the price for... priceless.