|Our Tree - Christmas 2012|
Those words turned out to be prophetic. Just 2 short years later, I have a rambunctious, energetic, busy, brilliant, and beautiful little boy. I ALSO have a sweet, yummy, cuddleable, and precious baby girl. Wow. Talk about blessed. There's not a thing I want for Christmas that could ever pale in comparison to what I have already received.
|"Kiss-miss tee in Time Out!"|
|Trying to sneak ornaments off of the tree from our chair|
I suppose I've just been feeling sentimental this year because I realize how blessed I am. I'm writing because I need to get my gratitude out "there"- to express it to the universe, I guess, to acknowledge that I fully understand just how wonderful and blessed my life is. I get to spend Christmas with my kids, my husband, and our family- what could be better than that?
I have always liked Christmas but I've never been one of those obsessed-listens to Christmas music nonstop from Halloween through the New Year- kind of people (unlike my husband, the real life version of Buddy the Elf). There's something special about Christmas now that I have kids, though. Really, being a mom brought the evanescent magic of the season from my own childhood back to me, only this time it is even better because I get to live the magic through my kids' eyes. I know they're little now but just by seeing how Karl reacts to the lights, the jolly music, the sweet treats, the allure of the tree and its bejeweled limbs, plus the tantalizing promise of this mystical man named "Santa Claus" bringing him presents, at this very young age, I can not wait to see how he will react in a few years when he really does "get it."
I was struck the other day at just how fortunate I am when I was at my mom's house with Karl and Hana and my Nana (my mom's mom). We were all listening to Christmas music. Occasionally a really happy up-beat song would come on and Karl would dance to it and we would all laugh. My mom would dance with Hana to the music and stand her in front of the Christmas tree so her little eyes could admire and transfix on the lights. My Nana and I were putting the finishing touches on my mom's handmade ornaments; each year she crochets a new one for every family member and this year's addition is a stout, plump Mrs. Claus to join last year's addition of Santa. My Nana and I were hot gluing experts by the end of the day.
We all joked and laughed and had a fabulous time being together and it was one of the most special moments I've had with my children so far. Christmas time is about finding the love in your life in all the small places. It's about giving and caring and joy. I am so lucky that I get to share it with my kids and my family.
|This year's Mrs. Claus and last year's Santa Claus made by my mom|
|One of my mom's snowmen|
|My mom's penguin from a few years ago|
|Another one of my mom's snowmen|
|Spongebob! My mom made this one with my cousin Matthew one year|
|My mom's beautiful, lacey hand crocheted snowflakes|
|Karl with Santa and Hana with Mrs. Claus|