Monday, December 15, 2014

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Christmas is approaching. I’m in the middle of all my Christmas prep, and every night I get into bed thinking, “I really need to get in the basement and wrap some presents…or bake some cookies...I need to stay up and accomplish something! Definitely tomorrow…”
We’re under two weeks out, and while my main shopping is done my shopping isn’t done. This is because I put so much focus on my kids and family, that the week before Christmas I panic and remember the teachers, neighbors, friends who have helped me throughout the year and co-workers.
Yes, I said it. Co-workers. I’m still getting used to this working thing. I’ve balanced work and home very well since I’m home within an hour of when my kids get home from school. But still it’s an adjustment. I miss the the extra time to do laundry and make dinner. The extra time to shop in peace (at 10am) and the time to sweep and run the dishwasher.
I get it all done and then realize I’ve ignored my blog for too long. My sweet baby. My blog that I started four years ago and poured my heart into. I taught myself everything that is on these pages, and unfortunately most days the blog has to wait.
But that’s okay. It’s mine and I get to make the rules. With less time on my hands, I have to make every minute count with my kids. I have to get underwear clean and lunches made. And by the time I power on the laptop? Sometimes my creative energies are about zip.
This Christmas, I may be around a tad less. I’m relishing the wrapping and the movies. The baking and the music. I’m snuggling with babies and laughing with friends. I’m thinking of all of you too, wishing you are all doing the same.
We’re less than two weeks out, and the days will fly by in the blink of an eye.
Did you eat some rye?
I love your new tie!
Sorry I couldn’t help myself. Anyone else ever see Happy Gilmore?
Anywho, drink it up. Breathe it in. It’s a wonderful time of year and it’s time to eat, drink and be merry. Shut down the computer and put on It’s a Wonderful Life. Power down the phone and make some cookies with the kids.
Less screen time, more family time. Now that would be the best gift of all.

Cheers!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Time. Precious Time.

Before I worked Monday through Friday, I was a time waster.  I'm admitting it.  I blogged and cleaned and did my errands, but I sat on Facebook.  I went to the mall just to see what was there.  I sat on my deck when it was sunny and I sat inside in a chair by the window when it was cold.

I got a lot done, but I had so much free time once my kids were in school I didn't appreciate all the time I had to waste.  It was glorious.

I work now, and I budget my time so efficiently I can tell you exactly what I am doing from 6:35am until I leave the house at 7:25am.  It's the same story when I leave work at 4pm.  Give me any day of the week and I'll give you a rundown of exactly what is going on.  Every. single. hour.

I'm not complaining.  Working just means prioritizing.  It means being organized.  It means occasional dirty floors and laundry piling up.  

This morning I awoke to the blissful 2 hour delay call.  Even more blissful?  The call at 7:45am that the school I work for was closing for the day.  I spent the morning snuggled in with my babies, all of us in my bed.  There was no hurry.  No rush.  

When I dropped my kids off at school I went straight to the mall.  I returned, I shopped and I grabbed groceries on the way home.  I stacked my gifts, counted and made lists.  I swept, vacuumed, did four loads of laundry and framed pictures.

I topped off my productive afternoon with mailing my Christmas cards.  

All of this wonderfulness had me realizing that I wouldn't even know how wonderful the day was if I wasn't working.  I wouldn't appreciate the free time.  I wouldn't relish every minute of driving my kids to school and picking them up.  

There was so much magic in today because I appreciated it.  I appreciated the opportunity to spend more time with my kids, more time preparing for Christmas and more time with myself.

I wish everyone a day full of things they truly appreciate.  Even with all the Christmas chaos, we can all find time to look around and count our blessings.  Wrap, bake, see friends and decorate, but in between it all step back and drink it in.

Whether you work or stay home, slow it down and hug those babies.  There is nothing in the world like it.

Cheers and happy Friday!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

My Winter Self vs. My Summer Self

Lately I've realized my winter self and my summer self are two totally different animals.  I'm going to break it down below:

Summer self: Tees and breezy light clothes.
Winter self:  Parkas, jeans and wondering how many layers I can fit under a sweater.  I try for three.

Summer self: Fresh air and sunshine.  As much as possible.
Winter self:  Sunshine through glass windows. Do I really have to go somewhere?

Summer self:  Fresh fruits and vegetables.
Winter self:  Carbs.  All. Day Long.

Summer self: Running and exercise.
Winter self:  Shivering is all the calorie burn I need.

Summer self:  Tanned, freckled skin.
Winter self:  Is that a mirror? Bleck.

Summer self: Barbecues and eating out.
Winter self:  Take out.  Delivery.  Anything other than getting back into my frozen car.

Summer self:  Showered, dressed and wondering how much I can squeeze into a day.
Winter self: Pajamas and squeezing into jeans.

I'm thankful I have two seasons to transition into my two totally different entities because my family probably couldn't keep up if the switch was made overnight.  

As I write this, I'm actually hoping for a little snow.  At dawn.  Just enough to get that golden two hour delay. Mama could use the Zzzzz's.

Happy almost hump day!