Sunday, August 23, 2009

9 months and counting....

For the most part, Tim and I have our household responsibilities down pat. I try my best to keep up with the cleaning as much as I can and he helps whenever he has time (or the desire).

Now when it comes to decorating our home for the holidays, that's all ME. I'm a huge holiday person, especially during the fall season. As soon as the leaves start turning brown and falling off the trees, I'm already digging out our Halloween decorations. Spider webs, skeletons, pumpkins, witches....Halloween galore. Same with Thanksgiving and Christmas.

However, usually by Christmas, I've far outdone myself. Between putting together the Christmas tree, displaying all the Christmas cards we receive, putting up the nativity scene, decorating the house with lights....I'm exhausted.

Then January 1 rolls around and I look at Tim and say, "Wow, Christmas just came and went so fast this year. I guess it's time to take down the decorations, huh?" He knows this translates to "I have no freakin intention of getting off my ass and doing it all myself so uh, HELLO....grab a ladder, buddy, cuz you're helping!" He may still be somewhat naive when it comes to understanding the female mind and how it works but he's definitely getting better at some of the translations. Like "Oh, hey, if you're gonna be anywhere near Target today, can you pick up a couple things for me?" really means "I expect you to be near Target today so you can pick up my entire shopping list for me, including a popcorn maker, 5 bottles of vitamins...and if you see a really nice mirror, grab that too....oh, and make sure you have your cell phone turned on because I'll probably call you at least 3 times to add more stuff to the list. I don't do voicemail...".

But mostly, Tim will take pity on me and help me at least take down the Christmas tree, as long as I put away all the decorations (which we all know is a huge pain in the ass because every ornament has to be wrapped and put away in its own box).

We always seem to forget about the Christmas wreath on the front door, though. In the past, I'll usually notice it around mid-January and grab it off the door and put it back in the garage in storage. But this last Christmas, I kept asking Tim, "Oh, hey....when you leave for work today, can you just grab the wreath off the door and toss it in the garage?"

Well, because he's a man and he can't store anything in his brain for more than 10 seconds (unless the stored information has anything to do with sex or food), he'd forget. He might have had a fleeting thought as he headed out the front door, something like, "Hmmmm, I know I'm supposed to do something but I can't remember what it is....and, damn, this Christmas wreath is so annoying every time I open the front door".

So then it became a contest between the two of us. Who would finally take the wreath down? Everytime I'd ask him to do it, he'd say, "Well, why don't you just do it since you seem to always remember to nag me about it". I'd say, "That's not the point....it's the principle of the matter. I asked you to do it and you said you would."

9 months later....where is our Christmas wreath??


Yep, still hanging on our front door. Don't you just love the gold reindeer wreath hanger that's also still hanging on the door, holding the wreath? People who come over are constantly saying, "You know you still have your Christmas wreath on the door, don't you?". It's gotten old....I just roll my eyes now when people mention it.

I suppose if I wanna see the "glass is half full" side of this, 9 months isn't bad compared to the "Happy Birthday" banner that stayed taped to our sliding glass door for 3 years. I put it up for Cole and Bella's 1st birthday and it stayed there until their 4th birthday. But at least, that made some sense....when someone's birthday rolled around, we already had the banner up.

So Christmas will come and go again as it always does but the wreath will probably continue to hang on our front door....for the next 10 years. Nothing surprises me anymore. But I suppose this was bound to happen eventually when you mix one stubborn person with one strong-willed person. It can't be all sunshine and roses every single day, now, can it?



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44 comments:

Jenny said...

That is too funny. However, just thinking about Christmas decorations made me tired. Every year I think I'll keep it simple, but then I get started and keep going.

Last year I made up a new theme. It was kind of like a Christmas Candy Land. I made lots of gumdrop ornaments and a gumdrop topiary, candy cane decorations, etc, etc. Seriously, I was still making things to add to it on Christmas week. LOL!

JosiahsMommy said...

If you hadn't pointed out the xmas nature of it, I probably would've counted it a decorative wreath. The colors match your door quite well. I think you are probably safe from being counted as the crazy neighbor with lights up and on in Mid-July.

Lana@The Kids Did WHAT?! said...

That makes me feel sooo much better about leaving my Christmas tree up until the middle of March!
I guess the bonus is you've got a head start in decorating for this upcoming Christmas!

Lani said...

9 months..NICE! That is what I call creative time budgeting. See, in only 3 months it will be time to put it up again, so you just saved yourself a put-up and a take-down. When you have multiple small children you have to save time wherever you can:)

Clueless_Mama said...

Ok you just totally had me cracking up. I can just see the two of you bickering over that wreath. Hey at least you will be ready and ahead of the game when Christmas gets here. LOL

Mellisa said...

Hey think of it this way...you won't have to hang it again this year! It really does match your door pretty well...maybe you should just yank off the reindeer and hot glue it back on at Christmas!

Shannon said...

Ah, just one less decoration to have to worry about hanging this year.

Alicia said...

That's just as bad as us! We have a clock smack dab in the middle of the wall in the living room. Well, the batteries died like a long time ago, so it's been 2:13 for the last two years!! And the funny thing is that I still look at that thing like it's going to tell me the time!

Momma Such said...

Now that's to funny! You might as well just leave it up now, right? lol

Tami said...

LOL, sounds like my house! I had asked hubby to take the tree "holder" bucket thingy ma jig out to the garage...6 months later it was still on the front porch!

After my lil crying fit about being overwhelmed and how the MEN in the house DON'T live up to MY expectations.. but I ALWAYS have to LIVE UP TO THEIRS crying fit. he finally took it to the garage!

heh heh.
YOU SERIOUSLY CRACK ME UP!!!

Have a beautiful day girlie

Lauren From Texas said...

hahahahahahaha. This is TOO GOOD. Now you can never take it down!!

Christie Burnett said...

So funny and I can fully relate. My DH promises all manner of things and forgets the moment the words are out of his mouth. I am going to make a giant chalkboard to display in our kitchen where I can list them as a reminder!

Christie
http://childhood101.blogspot.com/

Megan said...

too funny!

Debbie said...

I think I love you even more after this post! I am so happy to know there is at least one other person out there like me:)

Living It, Loving It said...

Ah, just go ahead and leave it. It will be up again in three monthes. You have two sets of twins, household responsbilties, and much more, don't be too hard on yourself. You act like people do not leave their christmas lights out for months.

Creative Junkie said...

This reminds me of that episode of Everyone Loves Raymond where there was a suitcase on the stairs and it became a power struggle over WHO was going to put it away and finally, Ray put limburger cheese in it to force Debra's hand.

But don't get any ideas - limburger cheese on your wreath would probably scare away Santa.

kristi said...

LOL...sounds like us!

Morgan said...

I think it's more like you are 3 months early ; )

GAMZu said...

Sounds like us. Sukkos is in October, and when does my husband take the sukka down?? On a warm day in the winter. That's when. And it's not a wreath for you, it's and entire hut! He usually waits too long and then the weather gets cold. And he can't use tools with gloves... so he waits for a warmer winter day. Nice. :)

Brooke said...

lol! you've just got a jump on the holiday season this year :P

Kristina P. said...

I only decorate for Christmas. But I do an awesome job.

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

Ha!!! I love it! Don't give in! That is too funny! But I have to be honest, we were coming home from dinner Saturday night and we passed a house with their christmas lights on - lit up like Christmas morning! P.J. and I both were laughing. So it could totally be worse!

Jen said...

Oh that stuff happens at my house all the time. In fact, Jeff and I just had a HUGE discussion, ok fight, about a suitcase that has been sitting out since June.

Mommy24cs said...

Oh well, it's just one decoration you won't have to mess with come Christmas time. LOL. I went into a craft store about a month ago and they already had Christmas stuff out so who's to say you can't decorate just as soon?!

Cascia said...

That is funny! I know exactly what you mean. My husband and I are both very stubborn. At least now when Christmas rolls around you won't have to hang your wreath!

Kimberly said...

That is SO funny! Makes me feel better about my own stuff that doesn't get put away. Don't know if you've ever seen it but the Everybody Loves Raymond episode (I think someone else mentioned it) is hilarious and came to my mind immediately! My very favorite episode! Stand firm honey!

Kimberly said...

Oh, I hope you aren't going to bother taking it down now with only 3 months left to go!

Vicki said...

too funny. I try to "leave" things for my hubby and see how long it takes him to do things, but he knows I will eventually get angry and do it myself. You would think these men never lived on their own and took care of themselves.

Amy said...

I really like this one. Sounds like something we would do in our house also.

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

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Karen said...

Yup, I'd leave it up too.

And when the neighbors asked about it, I'd say that Tim really likes it and you're just trying to be a good wife. :-)

blueviolet said...

Don't even think about taking it down now. We're almost to Christmas. I'll scold you if you do.

yonca said...

hahaha..i love this idea!

Kathy B! said...

On the postive side...

You're practically to Christmas. There's no point to take it down now...

Theta Mom said...

Too funny! I wouldn't even bother taking it down now...Christmas is like around the corner!

Sadia said...

I had one project laid out for my husband: re-seal the granite of our countertops. He was home for a year. Didn't get done. He visited for 10 days. Didn't get done. He won't be home for another 7 months.

Guess who's sealing the countertops!

From Janes Oven said...

Hey girl.
Thanks for stopping by.
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LazyCrazyMama said...

LOL! We also had a wreath that hung on the door for maybe a year! ;) And I still have Halloween decorations on the porch from 2 years ago!

Yaya said...

Lol! So you're 'that' family huh? Haha!

MamaHen Em said...

Well now I feel better about still having my 4th of July wreath and mat still on the front porch! Thanks for that!

heather@it'stwinsanity said...

Don't worry- Christmas is only 3 months away! You guys are ahead of the game!

Sharlene said...

Well its a pretty wreath at least. No point in taking it down now...

Sharlene said...

Well its a pretty wreath at least. No point in taking it down now...

Sharlene said...

Well its a pretty wreath at least. No point in taking it down now...

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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