Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Enjoy Every Day

I should be enjoying these days more. This is the thought that goes through my head at 4:30 on a Tuesday when I'm just done. Done with the whining and the, "hey moms" and the "can I have another" and the "can you play". And I feel bad. Feel bad that I was daydreaming about my cubicle at work and the quiet that comes with it.


I wrote those words last Tuesday night after a long day.

Then on Wednesday I went to work and it was anything but quiet. Within the first hour I found out that my long time friend and supervisor was leaving the company. I was so sad that this person who always had by back at work, who supported me and always kept the door open for me, would be moving on to another job.

Then a few minutes later we learned that one of our co-workers in another office, a woman who I had worked with for a little while, had died suddenly. Her and her son had been killed, by someone they knew and trusted.

I can't explain the sadness and devastation and loss that shook by soul and yet I felt guilty for feeling that way. Knowing that others knew her better, others loved her. That my co-workers who were friends with her, who sat next to her, that they and her family were the ones that were really suffering.

And as I thought of my friend and her son, I thought of those words I had typed. I thought of how I had daydreamed about being at work.  And I felt so guilty for my lack of patience. For not being grateful for what I have. I wanted to leave work, drive home and hug my little boy.

This post was going to be about how we need to stop telling moms "to enjoy these years" because all it does is make them feel guilty for the moments that they aren't enjoying. Instead I'm going to say enjoy every day, it's a gift, a blessing and we are promised nothing.

As the holiday season approaches I'm going to try to be more patient, more kind, more loving. I'm going to take more time to play and have fun and make memories. I'm going to think about my friend who always had a smile and a laugh, and I'm going to try to live a little louder. Because life is fleeting and every day should be an attempt to be your best, to take nothing for granted and be grateful.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Christmas Kick-Off Box

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For a few years I've been trying to come up with a fun way to kick off the Christmas season in our house. Last year I saw a lot of Christmas Eve boxes going around on Pinterest with PJ's and hot chocolate but for me Christmas Eve is just too late to get new Christmas jammies. Personally I like Jack to wear his Christmas jammies as often as possible throughout the holiday season.

Which is why this year I put together a Christmas Kick-off box. On Thanksgiving night my plan is to surprise him with this fun box filled with new Pajamas, Holiday books and a little extra treat, a Magical Elf to play with throughout the holiday season.

This box was really easy to make. I took a large gift box that I had and put some tissue paper in. Then I added the items that I wanted to include. You can really include anything you want from pajamas to books to holiday movies. Anything that to you kicks off the start of the holiday season.

Here is what I included in my box:

While the Elf won't be included in the box every year, this is our first year with an Elf and I wanted a fun way to present the Elf to my son. If your family already has an Elf you can always leave him out of the box or make the box an arrival gift from your Elf.

Other fun items to include in your Christmas Kick-Off box:

I love the idea of starting the holiday season in a fun and festive way. I also love that all of the items in the box will be things that we will enjoy throughout the holiday season and for years to come. I'm looking forward to giving Jackson his Christmas Kick-Off box and reading the books included in it.

What fun traditions do you have to kick-off the Christmas Season?

Monday, November 17, 2014

5 Random Things About Me

I'm seriously unmotivated to blog today. I missed two days in my blogging every day challenge. But I'm OK with it, life happens and in the past week a lot of life has happened. So I'm allowing myself the days off and am trying to get back into the swing of things. And I can't think of a better way to get back into blogging than with some fun Old School blogging, hosted by my friend Elaine. I miss the days when things were just about sharing stories and getting to know each other, rather than being Pinteresting.

So today I'm sharing 5 Random Things About Me.

1. I'm not very good at coming up with random things. Things never feel very random to me.

2. For years I hated country music, refused to listen to it. But in the last 2 years I've really started to enjoy it. I blame my neighbors. And twenty year-old me kinda hates me for it. In the past few years I've seen Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney and Carrie Underwood. So yeah I might be a country fan these days.

3. I have a first edition copy of Gone With the Wind. Scarlet O'Hara is one of my favorite literary characters. I love books with strong but slightly damaged characters. My all time favorite heroine, Erica Kane.

4. I have a collection of quotes in a notebook that I keep next to my bed. I write down quotes from books and movies that I love. I love collecting words and I like reading back through them because they remind me of some of my favorite books and movies.

5. I'm a bit set in my ways. I like routine. I don't like my stuff messed with. I like to read the Sunday paper cover to cover every week and god forbid you try to take a section before I've gotten to it. I don't share very well. I don't let Jack play with my Iphone or Ipad, those are Mommy's toys.  My husband claims I have only child syndrome, even though I'm not an only child.

Tell me one random thing about you?