dys·func·tion /dɪsˈfʌŋkʃən/ [dis-fuhngk-shuhn]–noun
1. Medicine/Medical . malfunctioning, as of an organ or structure of the body. 2. any malfunctioning part or element: the dysfunctions of the country's economy. 3. Sociology . a consequence of a social practice or behavior pattern that undermines the stability of a social system.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Hiding In Plain Sight

Happy First Day Back To School!

Not for Shake'n'Bake this year...she'll be starting Junior Kindergarten next year (in a better neighbourhood: win!) although I'm sure I'll be prepared much much earlier than September.

We started our Christmas shopping in June this year. Yes, June. We were out picking up a few things before the girls' birthdays and found a couple of things for Christmas. Then we made another big trip this past weekend to grab some Christmas presents.

I normally love to Christmas shop early in the year. I hate being in the stores in December if I don't have to be...things are too hectic then and I tend to get anxious, angry, and twitchy. So I avoid it whenever possible. The real kicker this year is that we are going to be demolishing, building, repairing, etc. for the last two weeks in October; then moving at the end of October; then unpacking and such during November and I am worried that I may be too busy then to Christmas shop.

So, to calm my worries, we have begun our Christmas shopping (I've actually finished 2 people already...back in August!) and that I am just packing the gifts as I purchase them.


I was quite smug with this decision up until this weekend when I purchased a particular gift that is bigger than any of the boxes/containers that I have available for packing.

I stressed about it for a couple of days, and then decided to try the trick that my parents used on us: hiding it in plain sight.

Now, Splat is still young enough that she didn't even blink an eye when we were putting these gifts into the cart. She doesn't associate 'in the cart' with 'this will become mine' yet, so we're okay there. But Shake'n'Bake is old enough to understand alllllll of that and much more. Out of desperation I have hidden this present in the pile of already packed boxes and riff raff, and I am just hoping that when we go to move it that she won't notice.


Yes, that's my plan.

Is anyone else excited for Christmas?!? ZOMG I am so excited. Christmas in ma noo hows! Ahahahaha!


Kel said...

Totally pumped for Christmas! When I was a kid I used to start getting excited for it at the end of the school year too because it was like Christmas is conceivably coming nearer at that point in the year rather than fading into the past.

I hope Shake'n'Bake opens her big gift and juuust barely remembers seeing it among a pile of boxes for 2 months without really noticing, and suddenly realizes how crafty her mom is :)

A Beer for the Shower said...

Wowza, I can't believe you got such an early start on Christmas shopping. I'm still catching up on late gifts from last year...

dys·func·tion said...

@Kel: I've got it hidden near the bottom of the pile, and also at the back, so she can't realllllly see it and hopefully she isn't suddenly overcome with the urge to move boxes and sift through moving stuffs. That seems like a lot of attention required from a 3 year old though. :P

@A Beer for the Shower: I can't imagine not having all of my presents ready in time for Christmas! Perhaps you can just give each person two gifts this year, one labelled 'Xmas 2010' as a quick way to get all caught up. If not, you can just pretend you got them something...