I DREAD the holidays. I am not sure when exactly the dread started – I do know it is wrapped up in money and increased tension in interpersonal relationships and the hassle of putting up decorations. I wish I could fast forward to January. But I can’t – so the 12 Days of Family Christmas is my attempt to celebrate with and for the kids, and to force myself to be present during the holidays. So we kicked off on Saturday – we bought new holiday pajamas and watched Elf and drank cocoa (peppermint tea for me). It was fun – no dread at all, really. And the kids look dordables in their new pajamas, of course. And it is hard to resist Will Farrell’s Elf’s love of Christmas and energy for making things festive.
DH and I have been married for 5 years + some change. We finally got around to celebrating yesterday – we did all things gardening – something we both love. We started the day at the Lawrence Farmer’s Market, took … Continue reading →
I get panicky about how quickly time seems to be moving now. Every moment the kids seem to get closer to not being kids. I am loving who they are becoming, but afraid it will all go too quickly. This Sunday we got a chance to pause time and celebrate Stepmother’s Day. It was wonderful – I got some kickass gifts and treats, and we watched the solar eclipse. It was wonderful – thank you, Rick Santorum!
We have to pass over day 11 because we haven’t had a chance to do it yet – but we will get to it. But the last activity was creating Frosty the Cheesebal – which was almost more fun than frustrating. Although he did look hilarious melting. This was part of a melange of appetizer food we had at my mom and dad’s for a new year’s day celebration. We also played Yahtzee, laughed a whole bunch, and SS ate his weight in sugar cookies.
When I wrote this little activity on the card, I planned for it to be cold, possibly wishing for a light dusting of snow, so that it would be memorable, bracing, character building. But activity 10, “Go for a Winter Hike”, was quite pleasant and we wore *hoodies*!!! And the kids were warm enough to ham it up a bit, which I guess is a good thing.
Day 9 was when I wasn’t available for the whole activity – so it was geared more towards DH and the kids. The activity was a Dr. Who Christmas Marathon. All of them are gaga for the Dr., and so the plan was to watch all of the Christmas specials since they started with the “new” doctors. Because we had only an evening for this, they didn’t get through many. I am hoping next year we will have a whole day to take to do this – I think they would love it… and I love tv viewing marathons, although I would prefer Gilmore Girls.