In the midst of having a sick Mamma we still met our goal. The tree was decorated & the lights were put on the house by Tuesday evening, along with all the presents wrapped. This is a record set. I've never had my house in this much order that I could just sit back & enjoy the holidays listening to Christmas music, reading great books, spending fun time with my children, etc. The holidays have always been hectic. I'm talking there has been a time in the past when I did not even get my tree up until about 3 or 4 days before Christmas. If it had not been for my small children I would not have even put the thing up.
At the beginning of this year I began disciplining my self with certain household chores like not being able to use the dryer until the clothes that were in it was folded, hanged, & put away, kitchen has to be cleaned before bed time, rinse the tub before or after I get in or out of it, tidy the bathroom counter & rinse the sink when brushing my teeth, swish the toilet after using it once or twice during the week, making my bed as soon as I get out of it so it is not tempting me to get back in it (ocasionally I have failed to do this one, but I'm still working on it) even have the children doing their beds (not always made up perfect, but looks better than just a wad of cover on the bed), etc. Just little things like this has caused my house to stay in a very managable state & has kept my house half way presentable should company show up unexpected. It also helped me feel like I wasn't having to clean all the time because I was doing all of these things randomly. Thanks to this discipline I did not have to stop & clean before I could get my Christmas things out. I'm so excited about the holidays & spending time with my children! Hope all of you are enjoying your family this holiday season.
On another note, any Christmas book suggestions for my children & I. This will be the bulk of our schooling between now & the first of the year. We like all of them, children or chapter.