Things are ticking along with our plans for the trip to Guam. I think it's really going to happen! I've had some pieces of advice and insider tips passed along so it's looking good. It's all going to come down to finances I expect.
This evening I spent some time wrapping Christmas presents. I think I have almost everyone in my extended family covered, except my dad. Why are fathers so hard to buy for? Mine has just taken up golf (lightbulb moment!) I think a trip to the local golf pro shop might be in order!
Once I get dad's present bought and wrapped I'll be able to mail the box of prezzies by sea while allowing plenty of time for it to arrive.
I do have a small dilemma. My sister is having a baby next month. Of course we're all very happy and can't wait. I've bought a few presents for the baby for Christmas but I won't know his/her name until the end of November. I'd like to get the parcel away sooner than that so what I've done is labeled the baby's gifts as To The Family. Perhaps I should just leave them blank? Or maybe they should be mailed later?
If we do end up going to Guam that will be our Christmas present. I won't buy the kids anything until we get there. My husband won't mind if we don't do anything much for Christmas at home since he is more into New Year's.
Speaking of New Year's I picked up the brochure for o sechi this week. We have ordered the big fancy box of food for the past two years. We used to cook everything ourselves, my husband and I enjoy it. But I think last year we were exhausted with a new baby and the year before I was exhausted because I was pregnant. Anyway if you order before a certain date you get a tiny measly 5% discount - better than nothing! We'll get ours from our local supermarket, Okuwa. It was really nice last year so we are ordering the same one again. I'll order it this week while I still have some money. I have several family birthdays coming up as well as Christmas and our trip so I will need to work out a careful budget. How boring.