This next month and a half is going to be a very crazy chapter in my life! Today is November 3rd.  Today is the day we are closing on our first home!! Five thirty cannot come soon enough!! The first step in this whole process is getting in the house and cleaning and painting! The sooner we do that, the sooner we can move in!! Again, like I said in a previous post, I need to figure out what colors I want to paint my house!! This whole experience is going to be pretty interesting considering there is a little guy in the picture now.  I cannot devote 100% of my time to this like I wish I could.  So as if cleaning and painting is not enough, we also have to move in! That is going to be fun, fun, fun.  Only half kidding.  I am so excited to move in, I just know that moving is a very time consuming task.  So, that is a pretty big project for this month! Let’s see…what else. Well, Thanksgiving is at the end of the month.  Luckily, we are going to Bradenton to be with Stephen’s family for a {big} reunion.  That means that I do not really have to put much effort into that. (Minus the dish I have to bring)  However, Stephen’s parents are staying with us. Not sure how long.  That does involve some cleaning and effort….considering the fact that we basically will have just  moved in which could equal chaos! But that’s okay.  So after Thanksgiving I will probably be ready to decorate for Christmas.  That means lots of rummaging through boxes trying to find just where we put all of our Christmas decorations. Another big chore…Christmas shopping! I am very proud, however, of the fact that I have started buying gifts here and there! I have always said that I was going to start early, so there, now I finally have!  Hmm…what else…Let’s see.  I know there is another small thing… oh yeah! Riley’s FIRST birthday is December 19th!! AHH! I cannot believe that my little pumpkin, who I feel as if I just gave birth to, is turning ONE! It’s not fair. Time flies by without asking permission of any sort! So, amidst all of my chaotic unpacking, cleaning, decorating, and shopping, I have a birthday party to plan! I am still trying to decide if I want to have it at our house (only if it is somewhat put together and presentable!) or at a park somewhere.  The Florida winter weather is beautiful, so I definitely plan to have it outside! My vision for our house is to have our cute little white fence up and have a wonderful backyard birthday party! Of course, if that is not the case, the party will not be at our house! Lakes Park will just have to do. The biggest pro, though, of it being at our house is the convenience of just that…it’s at my house! No hauling back and forth with car loads of stuff.  I guess we will just have to see. So. That brings us to Christmas.  This is going to be a wonderful time of year!! I just have to plan ahead, be organized, and be prepared! I can do this…I can do this…

So, what can we learn from all this?? I have A LOT to do.  :)

Wish me luck!