It seems as if Christmas cannot come soon enough for my kids.

Last night Tim and I stayed up to finally wrap several gifts and when the children awoke in the morning and saw them under the tree they about lost it.  And wanted it to be Christmas Eve TODAY.  Now.  This minute.

It is not.  Thank goodness.

Waiting is SOHARD when you are a kid.

I know. I remember.

It’s also hard when you are an adult.  I am waiting on some things right now too and I wish they would just HAPPENALREADY.  But some are out of my control and some I know will happen at a better, later time.

But that does not necessarily make the waiting any easier.

In the meantime, before any and all surprises are to be revealed we are doing our best to keep ourselves busy in other ways.

Even though waiting can be SUPER hard, it can also be fun too.









Leaves Collage






















P.S. Don’t forget that Old School Blogging, the Holiday edition, is still going on this entire week and you can link up any time! 


  1. I remember how hard it was to wait as a kid! I love these photos and looks like you found some fun activities to pass the time!
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  2. Duuuuude. My kids are in some kind of wild animal phase right now and I know its because of the Christmas ants in the pants! It will be over in the blink of an eye of course.

    LOVE the leaf pile pics <3
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    • Hey, Chica! Good to hear from you! :) We had a rough day around here yesterday. I believe there is a full moon too, so… ;)

      and thank you!

  3. The gingerbread house looks awesome!
    Yeah, the waiting is excruciating – I know, because I’ve been waiting for my online orders for WEEKS now!
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  4. Oh I feel this! Last night at bedtime Eddie whispered to me that there were 10 days until Christmas. Then after I thought he was falling asleep he whispered, “mom? tomorrow it will be NINE days until Christmas. And 9 is smaller than 10. Sweet kids…it seems like forever.
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  5. I love the leaf pictures! And the concentration on getting the gingerbread house just so… priceless!!
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  6. Love all the pictures, Elaine!
    I am a master at waiting for things, because it seems like I have to wait forever for allthethings. I still don’t like it though :)
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  7. Leaf pictures are the best!

  8. I always find that I get into the groove of waiting, but before that happens, I get to that, “I seriously can’t do this” phase. I’m an impatient person!
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  9. Looks like your holiday is shaping up to be just perfect. I love kids and leaves. They make for the best photos.

    Lucas keeps asking me to make a gingerbread house and I keep begging him off… it’s so messy, but after seeing these cute shots, I might have to break down and get him one.
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    • Tonya, this one from World Market was the best one we’ve had so far. You just have to make sure to let the royal icing dry and then you are GOOD to go! The kids and I both had fun with very little stress. :)

  10. Oh I love these pictures so much. I feel like I’m right there!

    It’s a good thing I’m not right there because I would try to sneak a bite of your gingerbread house.
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  11. I’m so intrigued now! And also, lovely pics. Love the leaf pile and ginger bread building combo :)
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  12. Glad they’ve found all kinds of fun ways to stay busy while they wait. That pile of leaves looks like an awful lot of fun!
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  13. The waiting is the hardest part and the best part in my opinion I love the build up and magic that is the Christmas season. As a kid I felt like Christmas would never come and now as an adult I feel like it comes too fast.
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    • I know, I was the same away as a kid. I remember waiting FOREVER to go to birthday parties too. I have always been impatient for anything that involved friends and food. :)

  14. I do remember that feeling too. Love that you are finding such fun things to do during all the waiting! I’m feeling a bit jealous of your leaf play in short sleeves- we are expecting our second snow storm in three days !
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    • We had frost this morning!! But yeah, south Louisiana is not known for any kind of snow… :) I’m a bit jealous of that.

  15. Oh my goodness! The leaf pictures are adorable! I am pinning right now!!! Such gorgeous children and great photography skills!
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  16. I’m glad that we don’t have to rake leaves (we don’t have trees like that in our yard), but I kind of hate that my kids don’t get the joy of playing in them.
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    • Really, be thankful that you do not have as many as we do! It’s a tad overwhelming… And you are WELCOME to let them come play next year! ha!

  17. Those are some fun projects to help pass the time. And great pics too! :)
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  18. Oh, I love the photos of your waiting – it does look like so much fun!
    The excitement is building here, too – the energy seems to increase each day!
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