This is something that after years of firendship Grove Gal E just accepts from me. I plan ahead. I usually start planning as one thing is ending.
In this case, it was Mini K's last week of school and the arrival of my gold momagenda for next year. All of our teacher gifts are wrapped and ready to take to school tomorrow. I let Mini K pick these out every year and then I try to think of something clever to say on the card. This year she wanted to give monogrammed ribbon key fobs...so I tied them up with with a key shaped card that said: thanks for being the key to a great year!. We put them in cello bags with some candy and a starbucks keychain giftcard and tied them with some matching ribbon.
I have spent the rest of my week getting ready for Mini K's ballet recital on Saturday (flowers ordered & hairspray purchased!), charging the camera and organizing all of my magazine clippings so I am ready to meet with our architect tomorrow. My mom always surprised me with a gift on the last day of school and in her typical organized fashion she kept a list of what she gave me each year. She found the list last year while she was recovering and mailed it to me as proof that I did inherit my list making penchant from her. The scary thing...I have given Mini K almost exactly what she gave me for the last 2 years. Tomorrow she is getting a ladybug charm bracelet. Her favorite thing this year has been science and she has loved learning the names of insects and plants. I cannot wait to give it to her.
The big surprise is my mom is finally strong enough to travel and cleared from her radiation treatments! We are so thankful she is getting stronger and cannot wait for her to arrive tomorrow...Mini K has no idea and will be so excited!
So this brings me to my planning and the photo on this post....tonight I am starting my Christmas gift list. I do this every year and my goal is always to have my shopping finished by September not including teacher's gifts. I also try and pick out my hostess gifts for the holiday season and get them ordered so I have them ready to go. I always think there are so many good sales over the summer that I might as well take advantage of them and cross things off my list!
What can I say, I am a planner...I wonder if I can blame this on my love affair with school supplies as a child?