I did it again. I did NOT heed my letter to myself from two years ago and once again baked, crafted, gifted, traveled, etc. all in December- and I even added a few things to the list. But, as Christmas day is winding down... I have no regrets (well, except that I didn't blog....). So here are the Top Ten Reasons I Slacked Off this Month:
#10- Dated Technology. One of the things I am saving for is a new laptop. My current one is 6+ years old, which is quite "dated" by today's standards. Unfortunately, I have to keep saving my posts as my computer often freezes when I have multiple-tabs open or I attempt to upload a picture. I can't stand typing on my kindle or smartphone, I prefer a keyboard. Here's the one I am saving for:
|Oooh... so fast.|
#9- Healthcare at the Holidays- Similar to shopping malls, hospitals fill up quickly this time of year. And since I work in home care, the hospitals try to send all the patients home before Christmas. We become very busy around the holidays... So my work has been quite busy and evenings are often spent with treatment plans, evaluations and notes.
#8- Children remember traditions now. Could I skip doing homemade Christmas ornaments? Could I skimp on driving around looking at Christmas lights while delivering cookies? Could we skip singing carols at the nursing home? No- because they now remember what we did last year... They keep asking when they are going to get to their favorite things. THE PRESSURE!! AH!
|Marshmallow paint (using sweetened condensed milk)|
#7-This Whole "Real School" Thing- Lord- getting the kids to school on time every day and remembering to pick them up- who has time for this at the holidays? I almost wanted to keep them home from school to have uninterrupted prep time.
|At School Holiday performance|
#6- Helping out Siblings in Distress- Betsy decided to host an overwhelming large party while having a 3 month old and a two year old- needless to say she panicked a bit prior to the start. I am so grateful that I live within driving distance of her so I could help prep, plan, and implement her AWESOME Christmas shin-dig in her new place. (Yes, Betsy, I am using you as one of my excuses for not blogging).
|Rory with his hands full.|
|Who could stay mad at this cute little guy? Cutest nephew!!|
#5- Christmas Concert- Having some of my nights been taken up with piano lessons and even a Christmas concert at the school really slowed my blogging progress. Though having my kids be involved in a real "performance" was worth the time away :)
#4- More Christmas Baking- O.k. I am insane. After 250+ cookies, 300+ pieces of candy, I had a thought that I might have gone a bit over board. But honestly, from teachers, aids, support staff, friends, coworkers, mailmen, etc.--- I had over 20 cookie plates to deliver. The children were super helpful this year and we were a little factory of truffle makers and sprinklers.
#3- Christmas Pageant- Who knew that having a sheep and an angel sing Christmas carols would require hours of practice. We spent several Saturday & Sunday afternoons in December rehearsing for the main event last weekend.
#2-Squeezing in Shopping, Working, School, etc.-- NO TIME LEFT! - So apparently, I have no time left after all those commitments. I am looking forward to trying to relax (which I don't know if I know how to relax) and maybe doing a jigsaw puzzle this week- I am so happy to have time with the girls!!!
#1- Dance Parties I'll leave you with my lamest excuse- We dance A LOT at my house. Here's our post-Christmas, new pajama dance party!!
Easy Rule #122515- Yes, Christmas time is crazy and I should probably allow more time for reflection, but the kids LOVE the traditions and I do love spoiling them with love and thoughtfulness :)
|The reason for the season. Christmas Day Mass- very peaceful, holy and takes a moment out of the selfish present unwrapping!|