Excuses, Excuses

Whew! That was a crazy-busy Christmas season! I’ve never been such an inconsistent (uh…absent?) blogger at Christmastime before. I can’t recall any Christmas in recent history when I was as disorganized as this one, or when more things went wrong. If you received a Christmas card from us…well…let’s just not even go there. Just be grateful (please!), because it was one mishap after another until it went in the mailbox. (And while we’re on that subject, yes, that was a perfectly awful picture of me in your card. The picture where my face didn’t look fat, well that was lost until all the cards were stuffed with the wrong picture. Oh joy!) And if I find out that no one received a Christmas card from us, I will not be surprised if I forgot to put stamps on them. The good news is that after all the blunders, Christmas and the days until now were delightful!

Here’s a glimpse at some of the preparations leading up to Christmas, minus the photos of me pulling out my hair and reminding myself to keep my focus on the real reason for the season. Don’t we all feel like that sometimes?

We kept the UPS man very busy! Since my family was coming for Christmas, I suggested they just have gifts shipped here. I think the UPS man must’ve wondered what on earth was happening, that he was at our house daily for weeks!

Colette took over the kitchen for weeks making this year’s gingerbread house…the White House! Oops, I guess I forgot to take a picture of the side, on which she created a giant “RUBIO 2016″ banner. That’s her man! That’s my girl!

We had our annual Christmas party! It’s was Melissa’s first Christmas party!

I spent a lot of time wrapping presents! I LOVE to wrap presents! This particular one was headed to a friend who happens to love antique brooches. Fortunately, there also happens to be an antique store near us that sells vintage and antique brooches for bargain prices! I enjoy surprising her with a brooch pinned to the ribbon of her gifts!

Much time was spent in the sewing room with this message stuck to the door. Seven gifts handmade this Christmas! Much fun! Photos to follow in another posting.

Packages bundled and ready to ship!

And, as it always does, everything gets done just in time!

Christmas Day pictures coming soon!

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