Showing posts with label christmas 2013. Show all posts
Showing posts with label christmas 2013. Show all posts

Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas 2013 Recap.

This post is going to be random, but I wanted to stop for a moment and reflect on this past week before all of the little moments are forgotten.

1. This Christmas, we went to a Christmas Eve service at South Roanoke United Methodist Church. It is the church that my parents got married in and the church that my grandmother was a active member of. We've been going to this service for the past 27 years and I'm so glad that we continued that tradition even after her passing. It was sad that my grandmother wasn't there when we walked in this year, but it was good to be surrounded by family and keep those old traditions alive.

2. This year, we also decided to do the 3 wiseman gifts with Sawyer, so he gets a present he wants, a gift he needs, and then a surprise. It keeps Christmas simple and also reminds us that the real reason for the season isn't gifts and presents, but Christ and family.

3. That being said, Sawyer still wasn't really into presents. He would begin to unwrap and then get bored in the middle of it. Next year. :)

4. On Friday, we drove down to Charlotte, NC to see some friends from Palo Alto. We were only there for 4 hours, but it was so nice to catch up with them and explore some of Charlotte's downtown. They even checked out a neighborhood with us that we might be interested in in a few years.

5. My family and cousins went to see Nebraska on Thursday. It was fantastic. I loved it. Afterwards, 12 of us when to Grace's Pizza and had dinner. It was a lot of fun and I loved getting to spend some more quality time with them.

6. Oh, and Christmas Day my Mom hosted 21 of my family members for dinner. It was a blast! We played card games, did gag gifts, and ate a lot of good food. I think this was one of my favorite nights.

7. Speaking of favorites, my favorite present this year was a calendar that my Aunt made all us cousins. It had different pictures of my grandmother and us throughout the year. It was heartfelt and incredibly special. She did a fantastic job.

So, that's our Christmas in a nutshell! A lot of family, some good food and quality time with the ones  we love. It was overall perfect.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Sawyer and Santa 2013


The day after Thanksgiving, we took Sawyer downtown Roanoke to visit Santa. This Santa is one that I even went to, so it was really special for me to be able to take my own little boy to see him. This Santa is awesome because he sings with the kids, tells them stories about the North Pole, and introduces them to the reindeer before he goes and takes a picture with everyone. I love it and it makes Christmas and seeing Santa so much fun.



Santa has stuffed animals all around for the kids to play with while they listen. Sawyer, however, immediately ran into the pile of stuffed animals and continued to lounge all over them. It was hilarious.


Santa comes in and sings songs and tells stories with the kids for 30 minutes before taking pictures. Such a good idea and a great way for Sawyer to learn more about Santa, the elves, the North Pole and the reindeer.

 

Sawyer was really good for the most part, but after about 10 minutes of Santa's stories, he was done. Thankfully, my Mom was there to keep him occupied and engaged. We did have to take a little break though and wait for Santa to finish since Sawyer just wasn't keeping still.

When Sawyer finally got his picture with the big guy, he was as cool as a cucumber. Just sat, posed, and that was it. I can't wait for next year when he knows more about him and maybe even recognizes him when we go to visit. :)


*For those of you in Roanoke, it was the Santa at the Science Museum downtown. He was top-notch and I highly recommend him if you have little ones.


Friday, December 13, 2013

Staying Present This Holiday Season




I remember it all so clearly. I was lying in a clean, sterile room with people around me telling me to just relax and that everything would be fine. That it would all be okay. My husband was knelt down beside me and I remember we were in the midst of a prayer and hurried “I love you’s” when I heard the sound that would change my life. A baby’s cry. Then a collective sound of “awwww” by all the nurses and doctors in the room as they placed my baby, my newborn son, on my chest for the very first time.

I remember him being so tiny and soft and I foolishly thought that this time would last forever. But, of course, it didn’t. First he started to crawl and then he was picking himself up, falling down and learning how to walk. I remember asking time to just please slow down. To let him be little for just a while longer. But time didn’t listen and now that sweet little boy is a little over a year old. 

“Time flies” and “cherish the moment” have been phrases that I’ve always heard. It wasn’t until I became a mother and lost my grandmother that I really understood the power of those words and just how fast time really flies.  

It was also at this time that I realized how much I was distracted by the “to dos” and the technology of life that I wasn’t really focusing on and relishing each moment that came my way.  I admit that I looked at my cell phone way too much and spent far too much time worrying about what to do next-especially when I was in grad school- that I wasn’t in the moment and really connecting with those around me. 

I don’t want this to be a regret of mine. As my son grows up, I don’t want to miss out on the beautiful moments that are happening around me like watching him fall asleep after finishing a bottle or seeing the excitement spread over his face when he discovers a new toy or brushes his teeth-his favorite thing! I also don’t want to miss out on the mundane moments, the moments when the temptation to check my phone is the greatest like during the 45 minutes it takes to feed him sometimes and on the solitary walks to the grocery store.

Aside from that, I also don’t want to miss a connection with someone because I was worried about what would be for dinner that night or the pile of laundry that is waiting for me at home. I want to be better about looking someone in the eye, asking questions, and really listening to what they have to say.

If anything, this year and especially this season has taught me that life is so, so precious. It rushes by without warning and can be taken in a moment. I don’t want to look back and think, “I wish I hadn’t... worried about making my house perfect, cared so much about what people think, etc.” 

  
During the holiday season, things feel busied and rushed. Especially now that we are closer to family and actively trying to make new friends and a community here in Northern Virgina. We have presents to buy, parties to go to, cookie exchanges to attend, and family gatherings to drive to, but if you struggle with the busyness of it all like I do then this is a challenge to you too. Take time to figure out how to stay more connected. For me, this holiday season-or just more often-I'm going to leave my cell phone in my car when I'm going out with my friends or I'm just not taking it out of my purse. I want to focus on what I'm doing with my friends instead of checking the time, looking for a text, or seeing if anyone has called. I also instituted a house rule that my loved ones have to give each other a hug and a kiss every time they go. Life is never too busy to give a quick hug or say, "I love you" before you rush out the door. We also have a date night on Sundays. Z and I grab a glass of wine and talk about our week's schedules, fiances, us, and Sawyer. It gives us a time to relax and make sure those important details are touched upon.

These are some of the things that I'm doing and I hope you don't think this sounds preachy because I do NOT have it all together. There are countless times throughout a day that I fail to live up to the Mom, wife, and person that I want to be. But I would love to hear from you and learn what you do to cherish those around you and how to you stay present during life's little moments. I need all the tips and advice I can get! 
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...