Home for the holidays …

There is a term that is used around this time of year that I didn’t quite understand until I had older kids who left home. I thought I understood the words, but I didn’t. At least not on a mom level. Now it is a term I use as frequently as life allows. And they are words that fill my heart with a joy I have never known.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you get to go HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!!

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Giddy with happiness …

Today marks the start of Reese’s Fall Break. Tomorrow marks Libs’. Sunday evening my son George flies home and then Wednesday evening my oldest daughter Sidney does. There is only one way to describe me right now.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are giddy with happiness!!!

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!!!

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!!!

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!!!