Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Mack in the Box


Meanwhile we get ready for Christmas. This parenting is serious business...but oh so fabulously fun. More fun than any other endeavor I have ever even considered in my whole life. Christmastime is fully underway here and we are rolling right along with all the joy of the season. Ho, Ho, Ho...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

In Pictures

A photo summary of our last few days...

The Lure of Gingerbread structures:::::::

Sitting atop giant presents under a 50' tree:::::::

Popcorn from one of the cutest overpriced popcorn buckets ever....watching Raddles as he wondered why all he got was a cardboard box full:::::::

He eventually got a turn and shoved his face in the bucket:::::::

Another visit with the big guy...and seeing his real reindeer::::::

Played in a sleigh::::::it is getting harder and harder to get them both looking at the same time::::

Found some magic and wonder:::::::

Got a little snow in SoCal:::::::::::::

Visions of sugarplums danced in his head....the sign of a really fun day::::::::


And a good time was had by all:::::::::::::

Monday, December 13, 2010

More Gingerbread Adventures a few more pics from our Gingerbread decorating bonanza...
Tomorrow we have a date with Santa's Reindeer...and to spend the day making some more magical memories for us all.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Weekend Christmas Craft-acular

So, on our last sane weekend of the year, I made a conscious decision to lay low and enjoy each other at home and get crafty...aka, messy. Although our holidays frequently have us not home, I want my boys to have lasting memories of the Christmas season at home in the place they grow up. A mental filmstrip of traditions and moments that make our home for the holidays (well really any day) a magical place to be. So I decorate to the nines. I come up with a plan and we see what happens. Oh and isn't he precious???


Anyway, I digress...Last week I gathered our materials and we fired up our creativity (them), patience (me) and went where the wind took us

First we made this awesome wreath that I saw in a quick clip on Good Morning America. Seriously, one of the easiest and most rewarding things ever. With 7 $1 tubes of assorted sized ornaments from Target, a wire hanger unlinked and a fancy bow I whipped up from some ribbon on hand, we made this awesome wreath for less than $10. Just thread those assorted size ornaments on and settle them together...and this is what you get!


And they were soooo excited seeing it come together and taking turns putting the next ornament on the hanger. I tried to assist in ornament selection for the best fit to nest them together, but was it is a little off...but I pretty much decided I could make a ton a garland like this cheaply...and do it "my" way. But I think it came out pretty nice for a 1 year old and 2 year old.

We had a few ornaments left over that I let the boys hang on our tree...apparently they would be lonely if separated...


I got a wild hair and took down our protective gate from around the tree. I figure in a week or so, the boys have to deal with another ungated tree, that I better get them ready before we go for all our sanity. So, we spent a good deal of time practicing our "one finger touch". It is going remarkably well with only 1 broken ornament so far...nothing important.


Finally in the category of activity that they enjoyed most and that we did on and off all weekend...would be...giant cookie house/train with all the candy you can imagine...and by proximity....EAT! It was a "put-your-blinders-on-mom" free for all on sugar...but they had a ball! And even I got to do one all by was awesome...


And on that note...exhausted momma falling asleep at the key board...over and out...

Friday, December 10, 2010


"Life is like writing a novel: You set off in a certain direction and then end up somewhere else all together. Upon your arrival at your surprise destination, you think, "If only I'd known then what I know now, this is where I would have been going in the first place. This is where I belong."
~Second Draft of My Life by Sara Lewis

Amen. And this about sums up where I am today. This is where I belong. This is so where I should have been going in the first place...

The momma.
The maker of memories.
The caretaker of their hearts.
The crafter of their magical childhood.
The teacher of love, acceptance, respect and kindness.
The planner of life's celebrations.
The protector of their littleness.
The keeper of their souls.


Crafting their childhood is the greatest and most rewarding and important work I will ever do. The responsibility is absolutely enormously crazy overwhelming when you really think on it. But when I break it down into moments - seconds in a day when I decide is "it" worth a battle? Is it really not that big of a deal. Is "it" a moment that can somehow be made more special? Do I possess the power to spin "it" into something that could be a positive? Can we laugh here instead of get frustrated? My barometer is usually if it won't matter in 5 years, then it probably is not worth the emotional energy and I am learning to let "it" go. And it is good for us. And sometimes I fail. And I apologize. And they forgive me. And I learn. And we do better next time.


When taken one precious moment at a time, "it" is so much easier. What else could I possibly want other than
- To make it my life's work to one day at a time, fill my precious boy's childhoods with magic, memories and experiences.
- To fill their memories with traditions they can count on and strong foundations, rooted in gratitude for God's small blessings and beauty in the world.
- To teach them to be content.
- To teach them to look for beauty even when it is sometimes hard to see.
- To teach them to stand strong and tall and know who they are at their core.
- To teach them to be kind, considerate and loving.
- To teach them it is the strongest souls that can say "I'm sorry"
- To let them become fully themselves and support them in their life - full stop. Expect much. Accept all.
- To earn their love, respect and friendship.
- To let go enough to let them soar like eagles into their destiny.
- To hold on loose enough that they know that I am always here for them and they are never ever alone.
- To do my best to shine a light on the beauty and wonder in their world at every opportunity.
- To always give them a soft safe place to fall.
- To instill in the deepest part in the core of their heart that they are cherished and loved beyond all measure before the world has the chance to break their hearts and in the process mine, too.

For they are my heart. And if they break, then so do I.


I know we will have our challenges. I know that it is not always easy. But if we can focus on the good, then the goodness becomes more of what we see. Paraphrased from Simple Abundance: With a focus on the little things, the common becomes holy. Gratitude, my babies. Gratitude gets you through a lot.