I've been crocheting like mad too -- made a lovely scarf this past week, and have started trying an amigurumi project; if it actually turns into anything, will post photos. Pretty much all the gifts this year will be hand-made or books, I think, to keep the budget reasonable. Semi-reasonable. Fancy yarn is not so cheap.
We just filled out the application for a Montessori daycare -- if Kavi gets in, it'll send our costs up a bit, but not as much as we were afraid of. We can swing it for a few years at least. We're both feeling somewhat conflicted about it -- the school is lovely, all natural wood and beautiful and sunny and cheerful, with a better student-teacher ratio than the state mandates and such. I think she'd be happy there, after a bit of transition, and she really does need to socialize more with other children, especially larger groups -- right now, even when we have a big party here, Kavi gets a little overwhelmed. So it'll be good for her, but it's so cute watching her play these days (or playing with her), that it's a little hard to let her go off to school already. Maybe she should just stay home until she's 80, 'kay? That sounds better.
Plan for the rest of today: work on a slightly overdue ICFA academic proposal (on Guy Gavriel Kay) that I hope they'll still take, revise some more of the nonfiction book. Crochet. Nap. Maybe start a novel? :-) We'll see.