I do a lot of processing via writing, especially on my blogs. I think it is because I never really learned how to share my feelings with words as a child. I have had a lot on my mind the past few days and needed to process my thoughts but did not want to do so on a blog. Instead, I decided on a letter.
It was a difficult letter to write, but I knew for my sake and my children it needed to be done. I know from my work that changing behavior can be tough. Adult behavioral change is even more challenging because the adult has to want to change his or her behavior. I have always liked fixing things from toys, children’s behavior, and even working on my own behavior. But I have to realize that I cannot change adult behavior if the adult does not want to embrace change. This is so hard for me to accept, and I am sure it will be a work in progress for me for a while. I will close with one of my favorite quotes from Lindsey Buckingham because I believe it is powerful and so very true.
I think all of us have some inner demons that we struggle with, and there are times when we let them get the best of us. I think it is important to remember that no one falls into a simple set of labels. Even more importantly, we should learn from our mistakes and fight for the positive choice.
Soccer – Rahul did the final pick up from soccer camp. He got this pic of the kids (it is obviously the crazy pic). I know Aidan had fun, but I also hope he learned some new skills, etc.
Hair – this was somewhat of a saga…Nana promised Samantha pink highlights for Christmas. Since her hair is dark, it would have to be stripped of color before the highlights would show. For this reason, Rahul and I said no to overall highlights and yes to just the tips of her hair getting highlighted. The appt had been set for over a month, and Samantha was beyond excited. Imagine my disappointment when Nana called last night to say the hairstylist scheduled to do the highlights was going to be out sick today. I was determined that Samantha was not going to be disappointed, so I called Carrie to see if her sister Ashli (who cuts my hair) could fit Samantha in at her salon. I am not sure what Carrie said to Ashli, but she created a spot for Samantha today at 1:15pm for hair extensions. For this, I will be forever grateful. Samantha had been worried that her appt was not going to happen all week. And, extensions are not a permanent part of her hair….bonus for no hair stripping at age 7! After the appt, I hugged Ashli (gave her a nice tip) and said that she saved Christmas for Samantha….how often does that happen?
Another bonus: lunch with Samuel. What is that saying….turning lemons into lemonade?
Redskins – Mema and PPops came today, along with some presents, Redskins style. We have asked the kids to pinkie promise to wear their new outfits to bed tomorrow night when the Redskins play the Cowboys for the most important game of the season. Go RG3!!!!
I took Samantha for a surprise trip to Justice today after we dropped the soccer kids off at XL Soccer World (we are carpooling with some families to make the twice daily drive to Raleigh more manageable). This was her second trip to Justice and my first. Wow, it was bright and glittery! Because it was after Christmas, everything was 75% off or buy 2 get 2 free…woo hoo!
Samantha settled on a special Justice pillow and some jewelery. One was a BFF bracelet. She was agonizing over who to give it to when the Justice sales clerk jumped in to say they had 3 packs as well, so you do not have to decide on just one best friend. Score! I even got one of the teddy bear necklaces as her best mom friend 🙂
So, check out this fancy pillow and the happy girl post-Justice shopping trip.
It was really cold and rainy today. I guess rainy would not be an accurate description for the massive rains that came our way today. Aidan was content to work on his Lego Emerald Night Train. This was day 2 of construction, and I am sure you are not surprised to hear that it is done. Yes, all 1,085 pieces are attached.
There was one family member that was not happy about the rain – his name is Fireball. Stuck inside all day with nothing to hunt and kill….boring! He did take a power nap with George 🙂
It was my turn on the meal train to take dinner to the Ritters. Courtney had baby Mabrey recently (finally a girl for the mom of 2 boys!) It was good to visit Courtney and see Mabrey again. Check out this cute little lady.
So, that was our holiday Wednesday. Tomorrow soccer camp starts, as well as a playdate for Samantha!
What a great Christmas Day! The kids actually stayed in Aidan’s room until 6:30am. They found me feeding the kitties in the upstairs bathroom and asked if Santa had been to our house 🙂
Favorite gifts – Lego Emerald Night Train (over 2 feet long when fully constructed!) and a *real* camera!!
Another hit was the woopie cushion stocking stuffer –
That smile….priceless 🙂
I think Samantha is ready to audition for American Idol with her new guitar. I spent the afternoon trying to learn how to tune a guitar (without a musical ear….we might need some help with her aspiring career).
Now for our Christmas feast. My turkey was great! Rahul is always amazed by my tasty turkeys. I am not a great cook, but for some reason I can cook a juicy turkey 🙂
So, all in all, a great day!
We started our day by going to visit Santa, or I guess I should clarify, a Santa representative, since the real big guy is busy getting ready to deliver presents.
The elf working was quite the photo Natzi and would not let Rahul take pics with our camera unless we paid the $17.99 minimum package fee. Sigh. The kids had fun and gave Santa their lists (with some extra items added).
After quiet hour I decided I wanted some holiday pics with the pets. Banjo was the only one willing to go along with my fun.
Samantha has been working hard on homemade gifts for me and Rahul. My present was one of the best I have ever gotten. It was a poster of all the fun things we do together – running, gardening, etc. I have it proudly posted next to our kitchen table 🙂
She made Rahul a book…this little lady is more thoughtful than most grown ups I know.
Aidan’s job this holiday season has been to light the candles. He has taken this job very seriously. Every day he lights them and remembers to blow them out.
Now for the important part of Christmas Eve….Santa’s visit! We have cookies and milk out for him.
And, last but not certainly not least, waking up to see Santa’s gifts. We have explained that we are in the last part of the delivery route for the United States and to try to stay asleep until the sun comes up to make sure that Santa has made it to our house. We have even set an alarm clock and given them the TV cable so they can watch TV if they wake up super early. They are camping out in the playroom. Cross your fingers our Christmas morning does not start at 4am again 🙂
I found a 1-800 number that the kids could call to talk to Santa. Since this might be our last year having “believers” I want to do all that we can to keep the spirit of Santa alive!
In Samantha’s message, she asked where we were on the delivery route. Click below to listen to her message…our goal is to not have a 4am start to Christmas Day 🙂