1. What is one new holiday tradition you’d like to establish, or one you’ve established recently, say in the last year or two?
Well, we always went to look at Christmas lights when I was a kid but last year was really the first time we took our boys to do it, like as an actual event. Last year was a little sketchy because I got the list of “good” houses from the paper and tried to make a gps route that made it easiest to get to them but some were not as planned, so it was a semi-bust. Maybe this year we’ll do better.
2. It’s the second week of December. Have you sipped a cup of eggnog yet this month? Wrapped a gift? Opened a gift? Kissed someone under the mistletoe? Lit a candle? Eaten a Christmas cookie? Seen Santa in person? Watched a Christmas movie or special? Read scripture relating to the birth of Jesus?
A cup? I’m working on my second pint. I buy it in the smallest possible container and sip it now and then in the evenings. I LOVE egg nog. I have wrapped exactly two gifts; they’re from the boys’ elves. I always light candles in the evening. We’re going to see Santa tonight. I have read the boys several Christmas story type books and we’ve watched the following movies: Home Alone, Elf, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Jingle all the Way, and The Santa Clause one and two.
3. Do you think it’s better to be an adult or a child at Christmastime? Explain.
While I loved being a kid at Christmas – the wonder of the magic and the feeling that everything was coated in happiness – I have found a certain joy in being an adult too. There was a time before kids that I got really wrapped up in decorating for the holiday; I put a lot of myself into my little village and various decor. Since becoming a parent, there’s a new angle to it and it’s making my childrens’ eye light up with joy. But I have to say, I try to keep it real with them too. The other night when we were looking at lights, I quizzed them on the things that we should be thankful for during this time and do you know that neither of them said presents? I’m kinda proud!
4. It’s often said, ‘Good things come to those who wait’…agree or disagree? Why?
I feel like for me, this is almost always true. Though it may appear someone received something quickly or in abundance, I’d like to believe they worked their ass off for it so I continue to think that if I work hard, keep my nose to the grindstone and focus on being a good person, then good things WILL come to me.
5. What’s the last sweet thing you baked? Did you keep it, take it to a party/event, or give it away?
I haven’t baked in some time but I did make my cookie pie for Thanksgiving, so technically, I gave it to my family.
6. This question comes to us courtesy of Jhona who blogs over at The Red House at the End of the Lane. Everyone hop over and say hi to Jhona this week! Here is her question… “I heard an actor talk about how he makes a conscious choice to talk to people in elevators. He chooses to connect, make eye contact, and converse. Do you talk to people/strangers when you’re in an elevator or any other place where you might have to wait together? Why or why not?”
Not necessarily in elevators but yes, if I am in a small space with a person who seems like they might be open to conversation, I will talk to them. Last night at soccer, one of the moms (who I learned had not yet been to any practices) struck up conversation with me by noting that I brought my baby with me while she left hers at home. We talked almost the entire practice and I feel like I’ve made a friend now. Usually in that team situation, I try to reach out to other moms just like that.
7. Are you on the naughty or nice list this year? What put you there?
I am most certainly somewhere in between. I try to be a balanced person but my kids would probably answer honestly and say sometimes I got mad at them. Which is true. For the most part, I think I would be considered on the nicer side of the middle.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I have been kind of annoyed this month and I know it has to do with little annoyances that keep coming my way. Todd had his eye surgery and did fine BUT, they said once the anesthesia wore off, he got all excited and jumpy (like he does) and somehow still hit the eye even with the cone. So now he has to stay until Friday. Sigh. Zoey has been icky since Sunday; she ate something in the yard and has been working through that stomach issue. This morning she bounded out of her crate and wanted food and water so… yay! I was stressed about her all night and barely slept well. Then Isaac foolishly left candy on the floor and she ate Laffy Taffy! Again, ugh! So as I detailed in my Tuesday post, I am trying to meditate some more or at least do some mindful breathing exercises to stay even-keeled. I don’t want to be mad at my children this time of year. I want us all to be happy and grateful and all around peaceful. I am hoping to find a way to strike that balance.