Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Works For Me: Christmas Delivery

Like my new look for the holidays? Bethany took some pictures of Minte decorating the tree in the boys' room, and I "beeg-loved" it so much I wanted to use it for a blog header this month. Now it feels more "Christmas-y!"

This week I have a quick, simple, WFMW (which may even fit into the "duh" category.) Everyone but me has probably always been doing this, but I just started a few years ago.

The advent of online shopping was very timely for me, because it was just around the time I became a stay-at-home mom of young children. I couldn't spend my days shopping because I was, well, with them. I didn't want to spend my evenings shopping because that was family time, there were other activities. And it is cold and dark. The weekends are outrageously crowded. SO... I began ordering gifts online. It was a great solution, except (1) the UPS man would always ring the doorbell during naptime and (2) there would be a chorus of "Mom, what'd we get? "What's in the box? What's that? Is it for Christmas? Who's it for? Look, this one says "LEGO on it! Well, let's see, it wasn't big enough to be the bike I asked for, so maybe it's a....."

You get my point. It was a ruckus everytime a delivery was made to our house.

SO, over the years as I online shop (still my major way of accomplishing Christmas shopping) I simply have everything delivered to my husband's office. (Of course, over the years he's gotten on every mailing list there is, and I'm sure American Girl Doll catalogs still arrive at his former workplace!) They are older now, but we are in the thick of homeschooling and it's not best for me to leave them for days on end while I shop. Another benefit, besides the sneakiness factor, is that there is always someone at the office to sign for it, so nothing has to sit outside on the porch or be redelivered/delayed. For now, ordering online and having them delivered to the office works for me!

And little do they know, when Dad pulls up into the driveway some days after work, he might as well be driving a sleigh...

For more great "works-for-me" ideas, visit Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer. Have a wonderful Wednesday!


Jill said...

This is great! I also do much of my shopping online. It is so much easier for a homeschooling mom.

Thanks Cyndi!

sharon said...

I love the picture with the tree! What a great shot! I also do love the dog with the sunglasses!! I am so happy that you all are doing so well! I think of you often and say prayers for all of you! We are still waiting on a match meeting. Blah! Anyway, someday!! We'll let you know! Take care and have a wonderful day!

Blue Castle said...

I do like online shopping, but having them shipped to my husband's office would work so great. Thank you for this great tip. :)

Daisy said...

Wow! I really like your blog's new look! Was such a delight to see it come up! What a great picture!

Wanda said...

Aaaah so very smart.
Thanks for sharing....and shop on!

Linda said...

I just stopped by to say I missed you and wish you Merry Christmas - only to discover that you really have been writing and my bloglines failed to show your posts!
I'm so sorry, and now I will have to get caught up.
The pictures look great and I love your header. What a wonderful picture.
Merry Christmas Cyndi. I'll just have to check in more often.

Alycia said...

I love your new header Cyndi! Very neat to see Minte's world through his view! I agree with online shopping and have become very good at since living in Japan! We hope your family has a very Merry Christmas.

Much Ado said...

What a great idea!.....except we work from home, otherwise I would do it. :)

Love the photo at the top of your blog - precious!