For the first time this year, Olive participated in her school's Christmas program. (I'm sure there was a program last year, but the 'little kids' weren't invited to crawl around in all of the madness.)
This year there were reindeer antlers and Christmas tree necklaces,
a book exchange, and
lots of singing.
We had a great time. I will admit to tearing-up once. Or twice.
Olive and I, well, we opted for non-professional and candy-laden.
She and I checked out the competition, while Kyle and his friends worked away diligently, but the Little Miss and I headed out before the offerings started to look like much of anything. (Drat nap time!)
Still. It was a gorgeous day, and we really enjoyed the time outside.
Blowing off steam after a tasty Thanksgiving dinner ...
Being crazy people (young and old) at an indoor inflatable play place.
Taking in lovely lights and tasty warm cider at the Arboretum.
We traveled to Kansas City to enjoy Thanksgiving with Kyle's side of the family. The weather was gorgeous--good enough to spend a ton of time outside. It was a weekend full of great Grandparent time, cousin time, and family time in general. We ran, and ran, and ran, BUT ... we loved it.
Today is the first day of December. The rush to the end of the year has begun.
As always, there is too much I want to do and not enough time to do it in. And, I would really love to slow down and enjoy where we are right now.
How do I balance these two pulls? I know that finding time in the wonderful madness that back-to-back holidays can become is all about choices. But, choices can be hard, and they don't seem to get easier as time goes on.
Still. I am trying to take baby steps to create and enjoy balance. Removing clutter from one room, or one surface in one room, of my home. Thinking twice about that object at Target calling my name. Accepting invitations and finding activities that will build relationships. Considering seriously our existing commitments. Declining, politely, some invitations. Learning to say no. Enjoying the process of finding great gifts for the people I love. Finding other ways to express love and gratitude when the right objects are hard to find - or out of our price range.
Enjoying where we are right now. If only for a few moments in our crazy, twirling life.