My kitchen has seen so much action these past couple of days it is unlikely to recover any time soon. Just last night I made a double batch of coconut sandwich cookies and the filling, two batches of rice krispy treats, and a double batch of fudge. Add that to what I've made in the past couple of days (haystacks, chocolate dipped pretzel rods, lollipops, breadsticks) and you can catch a glimpse of why I wasn't that excited to spend another few hours in the kitchen making tamales (Carl voted for vegetarian chili, btw).
I'm feeling good about all I've got accomplished, though. The gifts for the teachers (3), paras (2), OT specialists (2), and bus drivers/paras (4) are finished and on their way to school. The teachers and paras got homemade checkbook covers, the OTs got magnets and chocolate, and the bus drivers/paras got treats and herbal tea.
Treats for some people from church will be going out this weekend. I'm also in the midst of making the gifts for the whole ward Relief Society. I won't say what they are...because a lot of them read my blog...but they will get those on Sunday. I am also speaking in church this week so I need to work on my talk. Ay ay ay. When it rains, it pours.
All but one of my Christmas packages has been mailed (Eric & Connie will have to wait--sorry!). Wendy helped me out big time with my Christmas card picture. Dude, I need photoshop. I am picking those up at Walmart this morning and should get Christmas cards out by the day after Christmas. My sister, Lisa, told me that if people have lower expectations of you then it doesn't really matter when you get all this stuff done. Good point. This is the year where I lower the bar.