Keeping my cool, parenting and IKEA …

In the past I have described parenting as a cross between two professions. The first, an air traffic controller and, the second, a hostage negotiator. After 20 years of parenting experience I am pretty sure I could do both those jobs simultaneously. My proof? Not just anyone can get a HANGRY 8 year old to stop alternating between laying on the floor, climbing the walls (literally) and throwing stuffed animals into the high ceilings of IKEA … without breaking a sweat.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you keep your cool!!!

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Honoring heroes …

Today Reese’s school had a Veterans’ Day Ceremony and all the Girl and Boy Scouts participated. Reese is a new Brownie so today was a BIG deal. OK, I think I was way more excited than she was, HA! Anyway, Reese got to be one of the flag carriers. And she did GREAT! Now, I know she’s my kid, but goodness this little girl could not have been cuter and her mom couldn’t have been prouder. I was thrilled that she got to participate in something so meaningful.

Well, I hope you all have day where you honor your heroes!!!

I followed some good advice …

Yesterday I decorated a table for Thanksgiving, like I said I would. Then I changed our dinning table placemats from Halloween to Christmas. I would have put out more Christmas decorations but I hurt my back the other day and those storage boxes are bit harder to get to. I’ll add more gradually over the next few days. So, I guess Libs’ idea about decorating early for Christmas was a success. Because even though it was literally just placemats, Reese was thrilled! One of the best perks of parenting has to be seeing my kids’ excitement about Christmas. It’s just precious! They certainly have kept it magical for me these past 20 years. And if that’s not a blessing, I don’t know what is.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you followed some good advice!!!

Making everyone happy …

I love to decorate. No, really. LOVE. IT. If there is a holiday coming up, we have decorations out. It there is a special occasion, there are decorations out. Heck, I’ll even buy special party ware for taco night at our house. It’s THAT BAD.

Last year when I got sick I had Halloween decorations out and it took me a long while before I was strong enough to take them down. We were well into November. With Thanksgiving being my favorite holiday I was really torn about what to do decoration-wise. Now, I realize most people in my situation would have said “Let’s just forget decorations this year”. But I couldn’t, not with kids still living in my house! My “mom guilt” would have been the end of me. And it would have utterly depressed me. So I opted to go straight to Christmas decorations. Something I have NEVER DONE BEFORE. But the thought of decorating and un-decorating, then redecorating AGAIN just a few days apart sounded like something I physically couldn’t do at the time. So I went with Christmas. I have to say, that it worked out great. Reese was so excited. And it made me really happy and somewhat relieved that we were ready for the holidays despite it not looking like it usually did that time of year. Anyway, the other day I started taking down our Halloween decorations and Libs said that she wanted me to put up Christmas decorations right away. WHAT?!?! I was shocked! She said that she really liked it last year and that she’d love for me to do it again. Whoa. It never occurred to me to go straight to Christmas AGAIN. I really I had to think about this one. I concluded that holidays ARE all about kids AND they are only young once. So why not give Libs what she wants?!?! BUT with a small compromise. Because Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday I would do a small table for that and then go HOG WILD everywhere else with Christmas. Yes, a perfect decision!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you make everyone happy!!!

Like visiting a different world …

Yesterday we took our annual Fall trip to Oak Glen. It is ALWAYS a beautiful day and it’s ALWAYS so much fun! It’s nothing like where we live. AND our cell phones don’t work there either. I LOVE IT. We have uninterrupted family time together. YIPPIE! We enjoy long walks and apple and chestnut picking. There are pumpkins and hay bales, trees and NATURE! It’s such a great way to experience and appreciate the change of seasons, especially living in Southern California. THIS is one of my most favorite family traditions.

Well, I hope you all have a day where feel like you visited a different world!!!

The same but different …

Change … it ain’t easy! As my kids have gotten older and two have gone off to college, I’ve been worried that my younger girls wouldn’t have the same types of experiences we did when their siblings were home. Especially this time of year when we are ALL ABOUT family. I’m realizing now that’s just silly. Of course my girls are having the same experiences! Our traditions and adventures still happen they just don’t look the same. For instance, there are fewer people in the car and a lot less noise, HA! But in all seriousness, this took me a while to see. I had to grow into these changes and understand that everything was going to work out just fine. And it did. We still have fun and do everything we did before (and sometimes my big kids are able to join us via FaceTime) so this makes my mom heart very happy!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you see that everything is the same but different!!!

I missed the point …

This evening I went to a Chinese hotpot restaurant where cook your own food. It was super fresh and very yummy. But I realized something about half way through dinner. When I go out to eat the last thing I want to do is COOK. I guess for dessert and after dinner drinks I can bake a cake and make my own wine, HA!

Well, I hope you all had a day where you missed the point!!!