Try again next year

Things I must remember for next Christmas:

1. When mysterious people fill the van up with balloons on Christmas Eve, it's best to empty the van out that day instead of leaving it for Christmas day when you are already late to a gathering.
2. Set an alarm to go off at 11 p.m. or so if you lie down on the couch to watch a movie on Christmas eve so that you won't wake up in the wee hours of the morning and put all the presents out when you are super tired.
3. Make a treasure map of all the places you have hidden presents so you aren't stumbling around the house in the middle of the night, saying, "Where in the Grapes of Wrath did I hide that stupid (insert name of particular gift here)!!"
4. Leave yourself a note to remind you of where you put the treasure map.
5. Because you WILL lose it.
6. Remember to pack the paper plates when going to Mom's for a Christmas gathering.
7. And the cookies. Please double check the container to make sure you have COOKIES and not LEFTOVER PIZZA. Remember: cookies-yes! pizza, NO!
8. Set the timer for the potatoes in the oven.
9. When you burn the potatoes out of negligence, remember to be grateful that you did eventually notice them and that you did not burn mother's house down.
10. Again. Say it with me: Cookies-yes, pizza-no.

Now a few pictures:

Hayley got a phone.
Other Jim unloads his stocking.
Balaclava'd Paul. He can now run outside in the winter (aka "give in to the crazy").
Matt is very protective of his traditional Christmas cereal.
I hope you all had a happy holiday!


Jenni said…
The pizza/cookies story is hilarious. Sounds like something I would do!! Who did your car? That is fun, too. Sounds like a great Christmas!
Jen said…
Bwahaahaha! I can just see you trying to drive with balloons all over the car. Hopefully, you didn't mistake a balloon for the brakes. I wouldn't worry about the leftover pizza instead of cookies ordeal. It just means you got to keep all the cookies for yourself, and you can't feel guilty about it:)