Thursday, December 19, 2013

Holiday Cheer

First off, go to The Magic Violinist's blog for some crazy good news - I'm so out-of-my-mind proud of her! I'm not one bit surprised, even though I am continually amazed. (Seriously, go look. Then come back here. Then go look again, because it's big!).

I'm hoping this can be the yin to the previous post's "Bah Humbug" yang. I'm not going to lie - this has been yet another stressful week. It hasn't been nearly as bad as this past week, but we've been rather stressed and busy trying to clean up the mess from everything that went haywire this past week (writing an email to the parents of the kids who were here the night stuff got stolen, the plumber calling to tell us the bill would be more than he initially said due to a mixed calculation, the floors in the kitchen being buckled from the damage, etc.) on top of the normal, constant, steady stream of things to do (and things on which I'm not keeping up very well).

Case in point - I got an email from someone trying to get a hold of me with not 1, not 2, but *3* follow-ups saying, "I know you're busy, but if you could please call me, I'll only take a few minutes of your time." Multiply that by about 47 people probably feeling the same way about me right now, and you have some idea how I'm faring. LOSING. MY. MIND.

That being said, it's the holidays. And I'm not scattered because it's the holidays. I love the holidays! I'm scattered, because I'm scattered. I've really been struggling this year with remembering things or staying on top of things or being focused. Like really struggling. I can't decide if this is just normal as your kids get older and things get busier, or if I've got something diagnosably wrong with me (ADD much?).

So I'm quickly posting a bunch of pictures from this past month to help spread a bit of holiday cheer and, again, I hope that allowing myself to take a few minutes to write will help clear my head a bit. Plus, you know, part of parenting is keeping the magic of Christmas wonderful for your kids. Enjoy!

Set for Thanksgiving

A wonderful dinner and holiday with friends

Thing 1 entertaining with stories

Thing 2 captivating with adventure games

Scout ready to decorate!


My elf helping me make toffee

Christmas "Crack"

My beautiful family

Happy Holidays!

Me with two of my very favorite people

I took this one upside down - naughty puppy eating Santa hat!

Three of my very favorite people!

Didn't even need mistletoe for this one

My favorite dog!

NaNoWriMo winners!

BFFs make Marshmallow Snowmen together


Reading Bedtime Christmas Stories

A fresh canvas of snow

Sledding with friends!

Christmas treats from Grammy/Linda

Wrapping Presents

Christmas Wrapping!

12 Days of Stories

Presents to deliver and mail

Christmas Concert

The Magic Violinist :)

Violin-playing friends

BFFs at Chocolate World

BFFs at Chocolate World

Guy Love

How absolutely adorable are they?!?

And Handsome Boys!

Me and my best friend, partner, and soulmate

Festive Scout


Dr. Mark said...

Aw, what a sweet post. Coincidentally, my 3 favorite people in the world are in this post, as well as my favorite animal. We never need mistletoe, even though we hang it all year long. It's nice to have a big reminder of all that is good in our life. I love you and thank you for posting all of these (I didn't realize all those goofy pictures would be for general consumption, though!).

Also, we have a great looking family, if I do say so myself.

And talented kids.

And a great dog.

"Let's face the facts about me and you, a love unspecified . . ."

Emily Foley said...

Is Kate wearing two different color socks in the decorating picture? Hi-larious.

Also, did you know dogs get green eye instead of red eye? Never seen that!

I'm sorry about the hassle of what's going on but glad to get some cheer from you! I'm not feeling it this year, it's just come up on me too fast. I love your family pictures by the tree.

Dave Johnson said...

You sound like me with the scattered thing. Am I rubbing off?

Good pics too - really wish we'd made it to Kate's recital, the videos sound great.

"Though I'm proud to call you 'Chocolate Bear,'
The crowd will always talk and stare." (oh god I will never call you Chocolate Bear...)

Jimmy said...

Great to see pictures of you all.

When we first bought the house we're in, I put in wood floors-- by myself (and literally "some guy" that said he could help me for cheap)--because I didn't have the money to get it done by professionals. Needless to say there's some areas that look, well, unprofessional. What I'm saying is that with time you can get used to buckles floors.

And I enjoyed Kate's recital.

Merry Christmas!

seventytwofishes said...

Love the goofy family pictures around the tree! Such family love.

Rich said...

Great pics! :D And the vids sounded great! (Why am i posting on christmas in the morning? BECAUSE WE DID CHRISTMAS ON THE 23 >:))

Lindsay Gillon said...

You are a wonderful woman wife mother and friend. Sorry for all the craziness you've had to go through lately! Thank you for thinking of us and reaching out. Miss you guys!

Gramsy said...

Great pictures. Thanks for sharing the concert videos. Way to go Kate.

Boquinha said...

I love the goofy pictures! And I love you. Lots.

Emily, she's been doing that for years, even before it became a "trend!"

The dog thing - I know! Crazy!

I've been telling you, Dave. I've been VERY forgetful these past few years. It's aggravating!

And Dave, wouldn't YOU be Chocolate Bear? :P

Jimmy, good point. We have that, too. AND the water buckling. It's charming, right?

Thanks, 72fishes! Me, too!

Thanks, Rich!

Thanks, Lindsay! We're excited to get together more this year and laugh and have fun and eat good food.

Thanks, Gramsy!