I anticipated that the holidays would be really difficult for me. They were and they weren't. They were, but for different reason than I thought they would be, but they weren't nearly as tough as I had expected. I worked every day but Sundays during the month of December. Being busy certainly helped me. It also made me very tired. Almost every night I went to bed immediately after my kids did. And some nights, I went to bed before. (keep reading)
I think Christmas Eve was one of the most wonderful Christmas Eves I have ever experienced. What kept it from perfect was that my oldest child was not here, she was with her dad. After work, the kids and I came home, got into our comfy Christmas pj's and made gingerbread houses. The kids were amazing - I was so impressed at how meticulous my 3 year old daughters were. It was so much fun to watch them. After dinner we had Papa Murphy's and hung out on the couch watching kids' Christmas shows on tv. I fell asleep at 7:30 and my kids thought "it must be so late if mom is sleeping." That's what happens when you wake up at 3:30.
Every 15 minutes my son would stroke my back and say "mommy, I love you." This, right here, is what made my holiday so great. Spending time with my kids. All they want is time, nothing fancy, nothing exciting, just sit-on-the-couch-with-mom TIME.
Our Christmas morning was beautiful, but let me tell you...it was a little rough being the only adult with 3 little people all wanting their new toys opened up at the same time. A question for the toy makers: why the hell does everything need to be twisty-tied and dead-bolted to the freaking box? It's a toy for crying out loud, not a diamond!!! I don't know how many times I said..."there are 3 kids and only 1 mommy. You have to WAIT!!!" Aside from this minor frustration, it was a pretty amazing morning!
Our New Year's Eve was pretty much a repeat of Christmas Eve...minus the gingerbread houses and Christmas shows. When I was telling the twins on Wednesday night that we were going to spend the next night together and that I wasn't working on Friday my little Hannah says..."And we can sit on the couch with you, mommy?" Awwwww, I love that! So, that is exactly what we did. My girls went to bed at 8pm and my son and I at 10. We did not make midnight, which I rarely do.
Last night we watched "UP" together - all 5 of us. What a great movie! The kids loved it and so did I! I do believe that there is no such thing as coincidence. Everything happens for a reason and a purpose. The thing I took away from the movie..."it's just a house."
A beautiful time with my children. All our kids want is time. It doesn't have to be fancy...they don't need Jump Planet or Chuck-E-Cheese or any of that fancy stuff. I always feel sad because I don't have the means to do much of that with my kids right now. But after these last couple weeks I am sad no more - all they want is me.
Time is precious. Kids grow up far too quickly. Give your kids the gift of YOU.