The kids are enjoying their last day of break from school. Sarah is still in her jammies and it's 1:00 p.m. Ben is dressed as Diego. I got out a gray fleece vest for him a couple of days ago when we went outside and he loves it. Diego wears a vest, you know.
They wanted to watch a Scooby Doo movie while they ate lunch, so I moved the art table and chairs into the living room. Tuna fish sandwiches, chips and a pickle. Scooby Doo and Zombies, Too. A good lunch.
You know, this is the stuff that life is made of. I really want to keep that thought front and center in my mind. I'm getting that feeling that I get every year before the holidays come. That I have so many things to get done and not enough time in the day feeling. I get so burnt out. So stressed. I know I'm not alone, it's a busy time of year.
I have to let go of the superwoman thing. I'll get done what I get done. I'll enjoy the everyday things.
that should be my mantra
I've been taking pictures of some everyday things around here. I know it's another thing that I'd like to do, but I want to make an album with pictures and explanations of why I took them.
I took this one yesterday. Me. Mid-morning. Hair a mess. No makeup. In my bathrobe at the sink doing dishes. Sophie keeping me company. This is a sight that my family sees day-in and day-out. An everyday occurance. ( I wasn't going to put this on my blog for the whole world and his brother to see, but then I thought, why not? It's part of who I am. I wish I could wake up in the morning with my hair and makeup perfect like Hope Brady on Days of Our Lives, but, alas, no such luck!!!)
So, listen to that saying...stop and smell the roses. Stop rushing. Actually look at your day. Tell the people you live with and see every day that you love them. If you don't get the house cleaned, so what. Remember, (and I tell this to myself on a daily basis) A house is a home when you can write I Love You in the dust. Just so you know, I have a home. :)
Hope everyone's Thanksgiving was nice! I stayed home with Ben while Todd and Sarah went to get together with the family. Ben wasn't up to snuff, so he and I had a Thanksgiving meal of fish sticks and rice. He's better today.
It was so nice out today...the kids and I took Sophie for a walk, then they played on the swings.
My little boopskie had to have her picture taken, too.
We came in and Sarah kept bugging me to decorate for Christmas. "You said we could decorate after Thanksgiving!" So, I took advantage of the nice weather and hung the wreaths on our front windows. I brought up the Nativity set so Sarah could set that up.
She had the people in and out several times until she got everyone just right.
I dug through pictures to find ones I had taken of Sarah with the nativity set when she was not quite three.
But even at that young age she knew the true meaning of the little figures she was playing with...
Ben had his Thanksgiving program this morning. He was dressed as a pilgrim...
A "feast" followed. Here's Ben enjoying his butter bread...
Todd, the kids and I had our first Thanksgiving meal on Saturday at my mom's. Soooooooooo much good food (especially the stuffing!) and yummy desserts. It works out well doing that because then you don't have to eat two meals in one day. :-)
Benny and I ran to Kmart this morning. I had to pick up a few things. Ben wanted to check out the toy aisles while we were there, so we did. He loves Diego and Toy Story so we saw what they had. He was so excited looking at the toys and then he got so sad when I told him he had to wait until Christmas.
The tears followed. Not the I want it and I'm not getting my way tears but honest-to-goodness sad tears. I felt so bad for the little guy. "Just hold on, bud. Christmas is coming soon and you've been a very good boy. Santa will probably bring you lots of toys."
I hugged him and we checked out and went to our next stop, the meat market. He was still sad and very clingy and he wanted me to hold him while we waited at the counter. The owner came out from the back and saw Ben and me and said hi. "It looks like you're hanging on for life there", he said to Ben. Ben had his arms around my neck and we were cheek to cheek.
I said to the owner that I didn't mind and he commented that the day will come when I'm ready to push Ben out the door. I hugged Ben tighter and said he's getting big too fast already. The owner said, "Oh, are you one of those moms? The ones that'll cry when he goes off to school."
Yes Yes Yes
I'm one of those moms!
And I'm proud of it. I love my kids, and even though they make me want to pull my hair out sometimes I enjoy being able to be with them while they're young. I'll suck up all the hugs and kisses and "I love you momma"s that I can. :-)