Friday, October 25, 2013

Do You See a Smile Today?

1.  When the twins took a field trip recently to the pumpkin patch, I spied something smiling at me from the sunflower patch on the hay ride.
2.  Pierce recently asked me if he looked like a bishop, as he slid back and forth across the kitchen tile.  Of course, I was slightly confused, thinking of the church when he said bishop, but eventually realized he meant the chess piece, as he switched directions and announced he was a rook.

3.  I've finished almost all of my Christmas shopping, except for my mom and Paul.

4.  I hate the crowds in the stores at Christmas, so for years now I've made it a habit to shop year round.  Plus, it helps spread out the expense over the year. 

5.  I've been seeing a lot of chocolate covered potato chips lately (and even tried some that my sister-in-law brought me).  I'm wondering how long it'll be until chocolate covered Cheetos make an appearance? 

Readers, do you do your shopping early, or do you wait until the last minute, like my husband?

This post linked with Random Friday at A Rural Journal. 

49 comments:

Sunnybrook Farm said...

I don't think that I will be doing much Christmas shopping this year as the economy looks bad for next year.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Well, reading along...came to chocolate covered potato chips....hmmmm, may be good. But then your thought...chocolate covered cheetos?!!!! Ewwwww!!!

Love the Bishop story. That's adorable.

Rain said...

Love this photo!! Hanging onto the last remnants of summer.......... :)

Buttons said...

Oh I love your kids they are full of cool questions "Bishop" very cool.
I never shop early I have no idea why but I do not have young kids so that is probably why and we have not bought for as many people for years. B

Tanya Breese said...

i am jealous that you are done!! next month my husband gets a christmas check for me to shop. his employer has a christmas fund and takes out a percentage each paycheck so you really don't even notice and end up with extra money to shop with! i was thinking the same thing as you about #2!

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

did you change up your blog design ... weird? totally blank but your post? ( :
i do the same shopping all year long. i just wrapped some last night. it makes life so much more easier. right??! i think.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Pierce is so cute! He says the brightest, funniest things.

You're almost done shopping? I am so jealous. I was just thinking that I would start NOW and spread out the expense a bit. I hate the crowded stores, too, but I can't seem to start early. If I buy a gift, I want to give it to the person right then and there. :-)

Snap said...

I'm with you ... I try to do my holiday shopping throughout the year -- then i have to remember where i stashed it all! love the smiling sunflower. i had a sandwich for lunch yesterday --- with potato chips and then a candy bar after -- the potato chip salty and chocolate -- delicious! Wow! ;) have a great week.

Endah Murniyati said...

Cute picture... smiling sunflower

Robyn G said...

I would love to do my Christmas shopping all year round. I did that when we were first married and the Husband thought I took the "fun" out of Christmas. I shop for my family and J shops for his family while I push the cart through massive crowds in December. I am not a fan of crowds either.

I have made chocolate covered potato chips. I use ruffle chips and almond bark. They are fun to make! I use chocolate bark and accent with white bark to make them pretty.

Have a fun weekend, Lisa!

Willow said...

Oh I am like your husband in the Christmas shopping arena lol I will say that I did start crocheting scarves for everyone last month, so in that aspect I am doing a bit better :)

W. Latane Barton said...

I wish I could say that I shop year round but I don't. Then I am mad at myself. And, getting out doing all that heavy shopping is just not my cup of tea at this age.... so most get gift cards from me.

I Am Woody said...

Last minute. Definitely last minute!

Michaele said...

That Pierce is a smart one! Go you-on getting you shopping done!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

We don't buy enough to fret over shopping--seriously--we donate to charities in our parents' names and just do a pirate swap with D's siblings, so we only have to buy a few boxes of chocolates for post man and paper carrier, gift cards for bus drivers and teachers, and gifts for our boys. Makes the Christmas season MUCH more pleasant.
Love that sunflower--and your "bishop!"

Sandra Morris said...

Last year I did most of my shopping online! I feel bad they push Christmas earlier and earlier, now Black Friday starts on Thursday. Having two girls that work in retail, it annoys me they can't even enjoy Thanksgiving with their families anymore!
Okay, off my soapbox! LOL

Rose said...

Pierce must be a smart kid...I love the way a child's mind thinks. I don't get my shopping done early, but neither do I wait till the last minute.

Laura Lee Evans said...

Rhaha, the bishop -rook story is hilarious! I do my shopping online starting in November. Everything gets wrapped and reshipped last minute.

Out on the prairie said...

One year I went too early and then wanted to keep buying more and more

Karen said...

That's a happy sunflower, so cute. I do most of my Christmas shopping online, I dislike crowds and super malls!

TexWisGirl said...

lovin' the silly grin!

Gail Dixon (LaBelle) said...

Haha, that goofy smile is great!

Quixotic Magpie said...

Ha that sunflower made me laugh!

And your son! When I read that I instantly thought of a church bishop too! :)

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

I buy those super duper hot cheetos for my husband. They are hard to find at the store, so please do not let them do chocolate covered ones since I know that would be next on his list of 'must haves' when I do the grocery shopping.. LOL

Ginny said...

This is so cool, you actually found a smiling sunflower! What a cute story about Pierce, seems like he really likes Chess Club.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Goodness, that Pierce is one smart cookie. And I love that sunflower smiling - too cute! I definitely wait til the last minute to do my Christmas shopping. I haven't even given this year's shopping a single thought yet!

Sharon Wagner said...

I shop early and make a lot of my gifts. In fact, I'm late already.

mail4rosey said...

I shop year-round. Hubby's a last minute shopper.

lol at the bishop, I initially thought you meant church too. :)

GardenOfDaisies said...

That sunflower really is smiling at you!! You have quite the budding chess player in the family! Maybe one of these days he will be winning competitions! My son did that for a while in elementary school. I do some throughout the year, but then buckle down to do the rest closer to the end of the year. My husband really enjoys shopping for the larger gifts on the lists that the kids make, and I usually handle the smaller things for the stockings. We often do a gift exchange with a name drawing with my sisters, and so those are planned and purchased way in advance.

Veronica Roth said...

Lol, I read your Pierce random to Chloe and we both laughed! I can so relate to that. But don't talk to me of Xmas shopping. I'm in Vancouver right now and in place in England for the holidays and with baggage allowances being so restricted I pretty much have to wait till Dec 15th or so to do the shopping. Ugh, I hate it. Thank god for Amazon and Ebay the the brilliant royal mail.

Lmkazmierczak said...

Love the sunflower find♫♪ Will get around to Christmas shopping as soon as my grown kids give me their lists♫
Thanks for dropping by♥

A Quiet Corner said...

It's easy with the older grand kids...they're parents ask us to give them money (which I hate but, it is what it is and they are the Pres' grandchildren...I'm only the "step". Now Mia...gifts and yes, she's done! The kids (45,43,43,38) get something simple and non-stressful...cookies...tons and tons of cookies!...:)JP

Anne Payne said...

#2 made me hoot! Your son is so funny :)
Uh, close to last minute and I always regret it. But if I buy things too soon I forget where I put them.

Chatty Crone said...

I saw a smile there!

And chocolate potato chips - ummmm.

And I have finished shopping too!!!

Love, sandie

Barb said...

I like chocolate a lot but have to draw the line somewhere! I cheat and have my d-i-l's buy the gifts for the grandkids. I used to do it when they were babies, but now I don't have a clue. My husband and I don't exchange gifts though we're in the midst of a remodel and that might be our gift for years to come.

Terri Buster said...

I like chocolate, but that doesn't sound too tasty. I'm not a last minute shopper, but I could definitely do better than I have been lately. I used to start September 1, then it moved to October, and now I rush through it all in November and first part of December. My grands are really hard to buy for.

Sally said...

Oh, that Pierce! A rook. :)

Haven't seen choc covered chips and best that I don't. Now, if they do come out with the cheeto's; my daughter will be first in line.

Have a great weekend, and no I don't do the Christmas shopping like you do, so I don't like you anymore. :)

Tiggeriffic said...

I have been busy making my presents this year.. I have a easy easy knitted slipper pattern and I'm making wool slippers for my family.. I'll slip a $20 bill into each slipper and that well be my present for my family this year.. My friends are going to get home made lip balm with a piece of chocolate candy.. Teachers love my lip balm and it's something they can use year round..
Pierce is the same age as Ben, my grandson.. Ben's birthday is Nov.12.. Happy Birthday Pierce~! Loved your cake...
Have a great Saturday~ta ta for now from IowaL)

Nancy Claeys said...

I'm so not ready for the holidays. I think I bought everyone gift cards last year and that's likely what we'll do this year. That's what happens when it's all adults, no kids. :)

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Thank you for the smiles today. Blogville has had some sad days- and so we are all trying to make it througH.
We feel in blogland- there are no rules that tell us we cannot cry or laugh,, and its nice to know where to go to see a smile ot two,
love
tweedles

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Love the sunflower!!!

Haddock said...

The most effective and powerful wepon in the world - The Smile

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

You are pretty observant to notice the smile on that sunflower. The birds pecked that just for you.

Kerri Farley said...

by last minute - do you mean a couple of weeks before? That's me!!
LOVE that SMILE on the Sunflower!!!

Betsy Adams said...

Hi, I hate crowds anytime/anywhere --so we don't do Christmas shopping after Thanksgiving. Now I do more ordering online than I do buying or shopping at a store...

Hope you had a good week. We have been in Kentucky with friends... Had a fantastic time although it was COLD there.

Hugs,
Betsy

Linda said...

I haven't started my Christmas shopping yet. I wait until people tell me what they want! Usually I have to remind them, which I'll probably start doing once November is here.

Harry Flashman said...

We don't do Christmas anymore since the kids are gone. We send them money for one "big" Christmas present each. This year, my son is spending his on a PS-4, and my daughter is buying a saddle.

Lin said...

When the kids were young, I'd be done and wrapped by Thanksgiving so that we could just enjoy the holidays without stressing out. Now, I don't have as many people to buy for and the kids just want spending money, so I don't shop as early as I used to. I hate the stores though---too hot and crowded.

Valerie Boersma said...

I'm going to try to shop earlier this year-though while I have tons of ideas for Amy, Stuart is always a challenge. Maybe he needs a chess set;)

Chocolate potato chips....hmmm, interesting! I'd probably be willing to try some!

I love that photo!