Wednesday, November 10, 2010


I'll be driving to Minnesota again in about 2 1/2 weeks to help my mom after her knee replacement surgery. The plan right now is to stay about 2 weeks but of course that could change depending on how she's doing and what the weather is like. Minnesota in December is pretty unpredictable outside of the cold.

While I wasn't expecting another road trip so soon after my summer Mayo trip I'm really excited to get to see my family and friends again. I just hope that I'll feel okay so I'll be able to go out and do stuff.

Preparations for the long trip are already underway because my body will only allow me to do a few things a day and I still need to keep up with things around the house. And since I'll be leaving right after Thanksgiving and returning pretty close to Christmas my husband and I have already started working on our Christmas cards.

The first Christmas we were married we put a picture of us, our dog and our rabbit in the cards we sent out. The second year we did picture cards. Last year was a tough year and we decided to do something a little more fun so we used photoshop to place us in front of the capital building and to put our dog up on one of the balconies. It was a big hit, so naturally this year we're going to be using photoshop again.

I don't actually know photoshop but fortunately my husband is a wiz. I mostly help with concepts, finding and taking pictures, and asking "can you..." It's actually pretty fun. We have the background done and hopefully this weekend we'll be able to get our faces and our dog placed.

All of this feels premature two weeks before Thanksgiving but is it ever really too early to start thinking about Christmas? Without this advance planning I wouldn't have the time to relax and enjoy my holidays so I'm not the least bit apologetic about it. I LOVE CHRISTMAS!


  1. Hoping you enjoy your family together time and your mom recovers well from her operation.

  2. Safe travels and good wishes for your mom and her surgery.

  3. I love Christmas, too! It's never too early to start planning Christmas stuff. I'm making gifts for my family. I'll do a little show & tell on my blog after I finish this one I'm working on today. Have fun with your family, don't freeze your butt off, and I'm wishing your mom a speedy recovery!

  4. It's never too early to plan for Christmas! There is always sooo much to do and sooo little time! I have been Christmas shopping for months now!