Christmas Recap 2012, Part One

Christmas Recap 2012, Part One

I worried that Christmas would lose some of its magic without my dad. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could miss my dad even while celebrating a happy, joyous holiday with my family. Yet another reminder of how grief is a weird, strange beast… We had three Christmases this year. Three. And I documented it all with my real, big girl camera. Unfortunately, I totally forgot to bring my real, big girl camera cord with me to my mom’s house, so I only have iPhone pictures to…

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Santa and the Rebuttal

Santa and the Rebuttal

Last night, Bean wrote his letter to Santa.  Well, he dictated it, and I wrote it down word for word. He had some pretty specific ideas that he was passionate about. Namely Rescue Heroes. (Thank goodness he mentioned this several months ago to one of Santa’s loyal elves, so I’m sure an assortment of Rescue Heroes will make it into his sleigh this year.) We left Bean’s letter on our living room table last night, and I told Bean we’d put it in an envelope and mail it to Santa this…

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Funny Boy

Funny Boy

I went into Gracie’s room the other morning because I heard her waking up. Normally, she fake cries when she wakes up until I come to get her. But on this particular morning, she wasn’t crying. She was laughing. So, I go in there to get her. It’s pitch black because it’s, like, 5:00am. I walked into the room, and before I could get my bearings, I realized there was someone sitting in Gracie’s tiny rocking chair. It was Bean. And he was wearing only his underwear. “Hi, Mom,” he…

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Christmas is Here

Christmas is Here

This past weekend, I decided that it was going to be Christmas. Like, right then. I’ve had a hard time mustering up the Christmas spirit, but this weekend I was determined to not only find my Christmas spirit, but to rock the crap out of it. I wasn’t feeling well on Saturday, so I spent the day sitting on my couch, wrapping Christmas presents and watching “A Christmas Story” a million times over and over again. I now worry that Bean is going to go to school talking about “electric…

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Sanctuary

Sanctuary

Chris and I dropped our kids at the church nursery this morning and headed into the sanctuary of our church with heavy, heavy hearts. “You know this isn’t going to be an easy service,” he said to me. “Yes,” I said.  “But I’m glad we’re here.” I’ve had a hard time going to church since my dad died.  I’ve tried every couple Sundays to see if it has gotten any easier, but it never has and on more than one occasion I have had to get up and leave in…

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Fa La La La… Nope.

Fa La La La… Nope.

I am a Christmas junkie.  I love it all.  I love the holy season where we celebrate Christ’s birth.  I love the silly Christmas movies.  (FRA-GI-LE…)  I love the music.  I love the lights.  I love the cookies.  I love the presents.  I love the pageants, plays and concerts.  I just love it all.  The day after Thanksgiving kicks off my Christmas season and I don’t agree to put it all away until New Years. But this year has been different. We didn’t put our tree up until two weeks…

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Apple. Tree.

Apple.  Tree.

Let’s talk about what happened at my house during dinner a few nights ago.  Because it was the single most fabulous act of stubbornness I have ever laid eyes on. When the kids were finished eating dinner, they had to do what I ask them to do every night.  They had to say thank you for dinner.  Now, I’m not a manners freak (okay, I kind of am…), but I do believe that kids can be taught manners just as easily as they can be taught other things, like how…

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Little Rays of Sunshine

Little Rays of Sunshine

It has been a gloomy couple days down here in central Florida.  Hot, muggy weather that makes you want to pout and take a shower.  When I’m having a blah week like this, I have a couple sure-fire pick me ups that I go to.  These can be good to cure a case of the rainy weather glooms, or on days when you’re feeling out of sorts, or when you get in a fight with your best friend or your husband, or when you’ve waited all day long to come…

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Mom Speak

Mom Speak

“Don’t pick that up.” “Where are your pants?” “Where is your sister?” “Where is your father?” “Quit biting your toenails.” “Why aren’t you wearing a diaper?” “Can I have my iPad back, please?” “Don’t touch the TV screen.” “No, Baby Jesus did not have teeth when he was born.” “No hitting.” “Use gentle hands.” “Why is Bunny in the potty?” “Who tied the shoelaces to Big Molly?” “Don’t touch the presents.” “Don’t touch the Christmas ornaments.” “Don’t touch the nativity.” “What happened to Joseph and Mary?” “Yes, Santa Claus can…

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