I didn't expect to do any Black Friday shopping, as I have most of my Christmas shopping already done. But I did get order little pair of baby moccasins for Coco. Online shopping is so great. I just need to finish shopping for David (he is hard to buy for this year) and get a couple of friends gifts and I will be all set. I've found that I am much better off if the bulk of my Christmas prep happens in November. Early December has a way of sucking the energy out of me, and by the time I finish grading finals, there's not much time left.
Monday starts my last week of classes, and I want to get organized for this week so that I can kind of coast through the hard days and hopefully Zuzu's excitement will be contagious and I can look forward to Christmas. We are going to try introducing the Elf on the Shelf... I know people have strong opinions for or against the elf, but right now I'm a fan of any incentive that keeps Zuzu from sinking her teeth into her classmates.
In the meantime, we have one more day here in Branson. David's aunt and her kids (ages 11 and 7) arrived today, and it's been fun to see Zuzu interact with her cousin Taylyn, who is so sweet with both her and Coco. It was so hard for me to be around Taylyn after Eliza died. She was about the age Zuzu is now and I remember braiding her hair and then sobbing because I was afraid I'd never have a little girl of my own.
I got those braids. But I look at these sweet faces, and of course I wonder what it would be like to have one more little girl, between their ages, cheesing for the camera.
I think it has stressed his grandma out a little to have so many people at her house. She's always been so particular about things, and I'm sure it's driving her crazy to want things to be just so, but not to have the energy to execute it. I think we made the right decision to stay in a condo because it's hard for me to relax when I'm afraid the girls might get into something. Fortunately, it turns out that seven year old scan be pretty great babysitters.