Saturday, December 22, 2007

Because I like a little stress with my crazy

We've had a BUSY week! All kinds of parties, last minute shopping, and some cleaning. And a few loads of laundry I managed to sprinkle in throughout the week in preparation for our annual trek to the "motherland". That's what Honey calls it. It's where all the Lastnames were born and raised, and most still reside. We make it back once or twice a year, and, well, it's time. So it's been a little stressful here at the casa.

I don't really handle stress in the most graceful way. I pray about it. I guess it's my thorn in the flesh. Stress makes my stomach hurt. And so, about a month ago, when I decided to paint my own wrapping paper this holiday season, it was a great! idea! It was even fun the first one or two times I painted. This week? When I was painting? Not so much fun. It did, however, add a whole other aspect to the time in December I like to call the week before Christmas. So, I thought I would document this "great idea", in case I look back on these memories with fondness next year and am tempted to paint more wrapping paper.

Oh, future self, be cautious! Be very, very cautious!

On any given day, this is what my entry way looks like. The boxes are from Honey's job, and I think they add a homey, welcoming touch as you enter our house.

Inside these boxes are piles and piles and rolls and scads of this sturdy brown packing paper.

So one day over Thanksgiving break when the kids were sooooo bored, Honey and I thought it would be fun to paint some of this paper and wrap our Christmas presents in it. And it was fun, until we ran out of painted paper and I needed a gift wrapped 10 minutes ago, and none of my wrapping paper was dry!

I loved how the presents turned out so much that my OCD self couldn't wrap some presents in painted paper and some in store bought paper. So I continued painting paper (and cussing under my breath saying things like "stupid idea" and "what an idiot") until every last present was wrapped in a handpainted original. Clearly, the crazy has taken over.


javamamma said...

I'm really sorry you're going insane but I LOVE the wrapping paper. Your gifts look amazing. I would be like you - they would ALL have to be the same (not some store-bought wrapping/some my wrapping). And I would be like you - cursing under my breath. BUT still - they look soooo cool!

The Binkley Family said...

They look great! I get those crazy ideas periodically, so I understand. Have a good trip to see the Lastnames!

Thanks again for your advice the other day.

Cindy said...

I understand completely, friend. I would have TOTALLY ruined the gifts if the wrapping paper didn't coordinate!!

I like your crazy, cussing, stressed self.

Cindy said...

P.S. I think it is about time for a photo of my friend Jen. Pretty please? It could be my Christmas present. I've searched some old posts and found ONE photo with your head to the side. (Enough to know you have dark hair. Darn you.) Come on now, girl! I need a face to put with the name and the heart of the person who has blessed me so much!

Shelly said...

I finally used up all the left-overs, so this year my presents matched! But they were not nearly so cute as those! That is such a neat idea! Merry Christmas!

SJ said...

Aw, bless your heart! ROFL! I love that you persevered for the sake of unity. I dont have that gene...I might have even been tempted to just wrap the remaining gifts in the Wal-Mart/Target bags they came in with a few rounds of duct tape to keep it all together. Ok...I probably wouldnt...but I'd seriously consider it.

And it'd stress me out going to "The Land of Entrapment" too. Be sure to tell Honey I said that! LOL!