On my mind today? Organizing (naturally) and the upcoming holidays. Now, we've been hosting our family's Thanksgiving dinner for many years now - it's the holiday I look forward to most! - and yet somehow it always sneaks up on me. For instance, I woke up this morning and thought, Oh my GOODNESS there are just three weeks till Thanksgiving! Only three Thursdays left!
So I sat down and wrote out a list of things that need to be done and what can be done in the next week, specifically. I always feel so much better after making lists, don't you?
(Some of these things might not seem all that "essential" to getting dinner on the table come November 28th, but I'm looking at the big picture. The holiday's about more than just that one day.)
* E-mail our family & friends to formally invite them all up here for Thanksgiving. Make sure everyone has our new address.
* Take walks with the boys to "absorb the season" and gather natural materials for decorating and crafts. (Pinecones, leaves, acorns and the like.)
* Begin a tentative menu - consult with Mum!
* Read through November magazines and clip any new recipes to try.
* Look through pantry and figure out what needs re-stocking.
* Choose seasonal books to read over the next three weeks with Earlybird and Little Bear. Arrange them on display and set aside an afternoon hour for "tea" and stories.
* Revisit the story of the Pilgrims and chart a Mayflower course on our world map.
* Check family clothing - who will wear what? What needs mending/ironing, replacing?
* Once guest list is finalized, decide on tables/seating arrangements.
* Write out a master "chores" list to be accomplished over the next three weeks.
* Pull out (find) A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving to watch with the boys on a dark, gray afternoon.
* Order turkey (once party size is determined).
* Look at calendar and decide which days are open for cleaning and shopping/errands.
* Continue with daily gratitude garland.
How are your holiday plans shaping up so far? Are you hosting any gatherings this year?
Well, thanks so much for stopping by, everyone ... see you here again sometime soon!