It’s total crazy this time of year. Every mom I chat with is (more than) overwhelmed and counting down the days where she can just relax with family, friends and good food!
We’ve been battling a few little sicknesses here and there but nothing major–Thank God! This little dude is my daily sidekick. Whether we are working real estate, home, running here there and everywhere, he’s been such a good boy!
I was going to rush through the drive-thru one morning after checking on one of the houses we are renovating and decided nope, I’m going to allow us to get out of the moving vehicle and pause. I am finding this is helping me not just “get through” this season but “ENJOY” it as well.
His fave from ‘bux is the Ham & Cheese Croissant.
I had to make a return at the mall and tried to do a little more shopping, so we again paused and I let him be little. Isn’t that what this time of year is all about? Making memories and letting the little ones just enjoy the beautiful sights? To a busy person, this tree may just be taking up space, but to Bradley, his whole face lit right up.
Plus he got to ride the train which he always enjoys!
This one has been busy! She had her holiday performance last weekend and had so much fun!
While she rehearsed, we ran some errands and Bradley was stoked to have Daddy around.
They danced to Frosty the Snowman and all proceeds went to the Wilmot Cancer Society here in Rochester.
Even Ana & Elsa were there! I had to admit, I totally cried when the girls were dancing on stage. This is Brooke’s first year in “competition” classes and often times in my head, since she is no longer a baby, I feel like she’s just big. And then I watch all the other dancers from ages 7-17 and I realize how little she still is. These girls did so great and I love being aware of how much time we still have until she’s off and running into this big world.
Then later that evening we decided to attend a White Elephant party about an hour away. I quickly re-heated some leftovers and called everyone to the table to eat a quick dinner before making the trek. Long and short, I dropped my iPhone IN THE FREAKING TOILET!!! Mind you, it didn’t just drop for a second, it literally sat there for 20ish minutes while we ate, I finished getting ready and then decided to look for it. I didn’t have much time to do very much about it because we had to get going to the party and it was snowing and the roads were horrendous.
It worked for awhile so I did snap a few photos at the party…
As for the White Elephant gift exchange, it was so fun!! We got a nice bottle of Baileys that came with two cute mugs (mine & yours they said!) and I opened a $20 Applebees gift card, but then switched with a girl who got a $25 Starbucks card. I was more than excited–no pics from that though because, well said phone was in rice.
But then it stopped. It just went blank and kept showing the Apple logo. It was basically the joke of the night, we put it in a bag of rice and everyone kept checking on it.
Part of my secretly wanted it to die—I often feel tethered to the damn thing and would love to go back in time and have more freedom from it. But also on the flip side, we take so many photos of the kids and I use it for our business. I don’t know what I’d do.
By Sunday it was working fine and though the lens fogged up, we set it on the mantle above the fire place and it seemed to have dried out.
A Christmas Miracle I tell ya!! It’s an iPhone X and works perfectly fine (unless it gets dropped in the toilet.) Super grateful I don’t need to spend the money on that right now.
In other news, the Elf has been keeping the kids on their toes all month long!
He also likes to treat them to little things like cocoa and books from time to time. Again, it’s about the magic of the season. I don’t get why so many people hate on the elf. Maybe I’m just a big kid at heart, but there’s nothing better than hearing the squeals every morning of where Buddy may be.
This one is so funny. I caught him just staring out the door the other morning watching the snow.
The wonder of being 4, almost 5.
I pressed pause yesterday to sip on a decaf Chai latté and look at the tree while I looked up some yummy Christmas Day Brunch ideas. I want to make all the things!
I’ve still got some shopping left, I’m about 80% done. I need to do 100% in the wrapping department and of course we have school holiday parties and performances to attend, on top of life things like annual Dr appointments.
But I keep telling myself it will all get done, it always does. No sense in stressing over everything. Just keep plugging away and be sure to pause and enjoy the moments. I am doing such a great job of it this year because years past it all went by in a blur and I was so stressed and so mad that I didn’t feel like I enjoyed anything because I just rushed from one thing to another.
I’ll say that there’s more laundry piling up than usual, the dog fur needs to get vacuumed (again) and I don’t have a “meal plan” for this week. #oops But you just do what you can do and let it go. I do however have a great plan for our Christmas Brunch. Would you like a blog post on that?
One week from today, Christmas will be over and I am going to stay in my PJs all day with my kids and just enjoy the peace (and probably more mess) of this beautiful holiday.