Things like this little note
Cameron wrote to Chris
warm my heart in a really big way
and bring me back to center.
I am Christmas' biggest fan. I often feel like I stand alone as a big-time lover of the holidays. BUT...for the first time in my LIFE, Christmas knocked me down! Usually, Christmas is (get ready, I am going to say that one word)... perfect! Every detail of our holiday makes me happy. This year, every thing that can go wrong, is certainly going wrong. I know there is supposed to be some giant lesson, but there isn't, ha! I just want my old Christmases back, those ones that I love like crazy.
But I do have this: Titus made me an advent calendar with his own words of wisdom on each card. He is our little lover of inspirational thoughts. In the midst of this disaster-holiday year, I flip over this note from Titus today: STRESS IS PAIN. How does he even come up with this stuff?! Of course it made me smile wide, then it instantly brought soothing peace over my uptight spirit. I paused for a moment and really let his words gel. He is right. Stress IS pain. And I thought about something else. My stress causes pain for others too. So, I am going to try to let Titus' words guide these last few days before the 25th, by just letting go and opening my arms to this chaos. It's our life, and I'll take this imperfect year too. I don't need to love it, but I won't fight it.
Titus' adorable advent calendar he made me, complete with quotes via Titus.
Our December started off with a lot of time at the hospital. Chris was hospitalized, more on that later! Instead of jumping in with bustle, we spent a lot of quiet time in a hospital room reflecting and waiting.
The boys and I picked out a big 14 ft tree at the boy scout lot this year!
Running in the brrr dark.
Now I'm starting to feel better! ;)
Making a list, checking it twice!
Chris and I on a pottery date night,
making Christmas mugs for the boys.
My Grandma came to stay with us from Arizona for the month of December. I have been anticipating this family time and only wish things were more organized while she was here. We love having an extra voice in our home though.
I made her a K Cup holiday countdown as a surprise.
She is a coffee addict! One K cup a day until Christmas...
A night out of Christmas caroling with Grandma
This was on Titus' holiday wishlist.
He organized the night with what songs to sing, etc.
Time for THE Christmas party at our dear friends' home sweet home!
For the party, I made pancetta on pears with honey, goat cheese, and cracked pepper.
School Christmas parties...
and teacher gifts.
One of my most LOVED things about Christmas is the School Christmas Program. Kids really do bring joy to the world. My heart swells with peace every time I watch these precious kids on stage.
The boys had fun and did a super job!
A highlight of our holiday festivities this year was a LIMO CHRISTMAS LIGHT TOUR we did with friends. It was a beautiful dark night, driving the streets of our town, viewing colors of magic on every corner.
Ready to limo this holiday night away!
After the limo tour, we continued on to a full 5 course dinner at Il Bistro,
which was amazingly delicious and a beautiful experience!
photo via @mooreminutes Instagram
Caroling, parties, light tours, school plays, December is made for celebrating.
Our Nativity Poster Advent is almost fully revealed...
it's almost Christmas!
Holiday Happenings out and about 2013
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