It’s so nice being home for the holidays! Settling into our new house and celebrating each new season here is a blessing. I’ve been intentionally sticking close to home these days so Graham and I can work on potty training. I won’t go into all the details, but let’s just say, it’s been very dramatic. My festive holiday decorations are currently accented with blankets and towels over the furniture to save them from accidents.
December started with the Christmas musical for Jeremy and the elementary kids at our church. My boys got to open the performances with a few songs sung by their classes. They started out okay on stage, but slowly got more and more unhappy. Once they spotted me in the crowd, they just wanted to be off the stage and done. It made for an emotional morning and I left church on Sunday morning with a grumpy 5 year old and a relieved 3 year old. The elementary kids at our church did a fantastic job with their musical. In the middle of the it, I was holding back tears. I love these kiddos and it’s always so heartwarming to see them singing their hearts out about God’s love. As much as I appreciate my littles singing “Away in a Manger” each year, I really hope they want to participate in the musical when they are older. It’s such a great opportunity and lays such a powerful foundation for kids to commit truth to their hearts and minds through song (and dance, haha).
Our week kicked off with a continued focus on potty training during the day. I had a Christmas party with my Chehalis MOPS & MOMSnext steering team members on Monday evening. By party time, I was ready to leave the land of potty training and head to a kid free house to celebrate Christmas with mom friends, good food and fun games. This is our second year having the Christmas party at a team member’s house and it truly changes the vibe of our gathering from a meeting to a party. It’s quickly becoming a highlight of the Christmas season for me.
Tuesday was a comp day for Jeremy since he worked a big portion of the weekend with extra rehearsals and performances. We took the kids to see Santa… sort of as a redo. I thought we could see him on Friday while running errands, but he wasn’t there yet, so Tuesday was a make-up outing. Despite their excitement on the ride up, both kids were too scared to talk to Santa. In our family picture, Santa isn’t smiling. Makes me wonder if he needed more coffee that morning or what… Usually you can count on Santa to be the one smiling. Yesterday was my class gingerbread house decorating competition. It’s a beloved tradition with my 4th-6th grade girls and it’s fun to watch them be super creative with their houses. Tonight is a book party night for me. I have just two more parties before I wrap up the holiday selling season and 2018. It’s been a good season for books but I am looking forward to slowing down and a change of pace.
I’ll wrap things up right now and save all of next week’s happenings for my next blog post. It seems like December started and all of the sudden the countdown to Christmas is on. We have advent calendars with chocolates. We have the Christmas to-do list with all of our favorite things. My goal for this evening might be to watch The Muppet Christmas Carol. If you know me at all, you know that this is the one time of year where I watch all the Hallmark Christmas movies and then a few of my own personal favorites – like White Christmas. It’s so nice to snuggle up on our couch by the light of the Christmas tree and watch a Christmas movie. It’s so nice to be really home for the holidays!