Thankfulness 2013 – A Thankful Transition into the Christmas Season!

thankful leaves

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Wow, what a busy week!

I don’t know about all of you, but this week went by fast!

But it was the good kind of fast!

It was a week full of:

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Playing outside,

Making messes inside,

Spending quality time together until we needed personal breaks. (At which point, we turned on the old Frosty and Santa movies—the ones with Burl Ives—and snuggled up with sleeping bags, popcorn and M & M’s.)

It was almost a little too unstructured for my tastes, but we worked through it. (And the salty sweetness of our popcorn concoction made everything ok.  I also snuck some skittles into mine, so I could get a quick red dye fix!)

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thanksgiving dinner

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Thanksgiving itself, was very low key.  We spent it with our friends and their children, who are the same age as ours.

We ate a lot of delicious food, relaxed, and talked about grown up stuff like:

Books,

Movies,

The scary stuff that freaked us out as kids, that is considered lame by today’s standards (e.g. the Wicked Witch from Wizard of Oz).

I even turned a conversation about the neighbor’s coyote issue, into a conversation about shape shifters and government cover up!

And I didn’t embarrass my husband too much! (At least he didn’t kick me under the table this time. Maybe he is just getting desensitized?)

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It was wonderful! I felt truly thankful to be surrounded by my loving family and close friends, in the intimate, and not over stimulating environment.

There was no crying or pouting or stomping of feet – and the kids behaved very well also.

It was the perfect ending to a week full of thankfulness that I plan to hang on to as long as I can.

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xmas trees

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Yesterday, my daughters and I cleaned up the living room, and put up their little 4 foot, personalized Christmas trees.

Then we pulled out the manger scene. (If you look closely, you can see a unicorn and two pink trees. 🙂 )

My favorite memory includes the following comments:

“I’m not sure where Baby Jesus is. Check in the rest of the packing paper.”

“Don’t drop him, he’ll lose his head.”

“Mommy, this angel is beautiful. She looks just like you.”

“Can I put baby purple bunny in the manger too?”

“All right, if you want to put a unicorn next to the Angel, go ahead.”

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This is the earliest we have ever started the Christmas season in our house.

But it also feels the most relaxed.  This time I am going to try to remember the REASON, and not just the season.

I’m praying that I don’t overspend and go crazy like past years.  (I tend to over compensate, not having family nearby.)

Hubby has already agreed to keep me “in check” if I start stressing or spending too much. 🙂

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So here’s to thankful hearts, warm bottoms, and a blessed holiday season for everyone.

Blessings and spankings!

blessings

8 thoughts on “Thankfulness 2013 – A Thankful Transition into the Christmas Season!

  1. Patricia Green

    I’m so glad the week was low-stress and high-family-goodness for you. You have a good thing going, and a lot of heart to share with the world. You are as sweet as that angel; your daughter was so right.

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