Today I was visited by the Ghost of Christmas Recently Past,* who whisked me back to my childfree days to show me what I’ve learned since becoming a mom of kids who are old enough to get excited about the holiday season
I’m one of those people who secretly doesn’t mind when stores start decorating for Christmas right after Halloween. I LOVE Christmas. The reasons are rooted in my childhood, my Faith and are now bursting at the seams with my husband and five children. We start celebrating the day after Thanksgiving when the tree and decorations go
I seriously can’t believe summer is already back. It seems like we blinked, and suddenly the school year is ending and my “babies” are entering kindergarten and second grade. Now that the kids are older, summer is more precious. It’s becoming clear that the years of childhood are very short, and time moves so quickly. We
I have a pretty vivid (pre-kid) memory of going over to a friend’s house who was already a parent on Christmas Eve. While we sipped beers, she and her husband frantically wrapped presents and assembled toys. Their family tradition is that Santa brings all the toys and they arrive only on Christmas morning. So, that
The holiday season is in full effect in my house. Just before I sat down to write this blog post I overheard my daughter singing “Jinger Bells, Jinger bells. Jinger all the way. Hey!” (quite loudly I might add) after tucking her into bed for the night. I still have a huge grin on my
Have you ever heard the old saying – “bigger kids, bigger problems?” It might seem pessimistic to think things with my kids will only get worse as they get older, but instead I try to keep this saying in mind to calm me when I’m worrying about something with one of my two small kids.
Since before my husband and I were married, I had the privilege of accompanying him and his family on their annual summer vacations in Maine. Now, the tradition continues with our two kids. We’re leaving soon (in less than 48 hours…not that I’m counting) and although I’m practically ripping my hair out trying to get everything