We stayed home for Christmas and are practicing the art of not having a schedule, which really tests my patience. My family loves it, but for me it’s really uncomfortable to not have a plan. I do find joy in that the day lasts so long doing “nothing.” At 5 pm tonight, my day was full of nothingness and I was ready for bed. Not really. But it felt like it.
I did enjoy watching Christian pop his Christmas corn on the cob in the microwave and seeing some of the popped kernels still attached to the cob. Juliana wanted to eat it right from the ear.
I enjoyed the spontaneous moments and a morning hike with friends. Jeff went to the store and planned and made dinner which made me very happy. He also did rounds of dishes today, so I didn’t feel like I was the only one cleaning up after everyone. The kids all helped with chores too, so this made the day at home much more enjoyable.
We had appetizers together and read and watched a family movie, among other things. I think it’s been good for our souls to not be over scheduled and committed and to just flow. We are actually relaxing! What a concept.
I hope you’re enjoying your holiday break too.
We are staying home for Christmas and I have these sweet dreams of what it will be like, having us all together in our “cabin.”
Let’s just say the dreams in my head are different than my reality.
Our timing is off. Our desires are different. Our levels of cooperation aren’t in sync. This is our happily ever after?
We made a nice dinner for just the 5 of us. I was so happy that we weren’t in an airport or freezing in the snow or stuck in the car for a long journey. I felt thankful and was looking forward to watching a movie together or playing a game or going out to see the Christmas lights.
That was until our boys started arguing and the little one wouldn’t stop making noise. The disagreements continued and the discussions ended in frustration and the boys were dismissed to their rooms for the night. No movies. No games. No light shows.
I guess I got a break from them, but this wasn’t the Christmas break I dreamed about. I am enjoying the quiet though. There’s always a chance for a do-over tomorrow. I just wish they could learn before they cross over my patience threshold.
I hope they learn before the break is over because I really want us to all just get along and hang out and live it up, together.
Wishing you peace.