Now that Christmas is over and the year is coming to a close, it is time to reflect on all that happened this December. I am enjoying the final calm after the busy season. Its a great time to look at the blessings that has happened and to write them down.
I am glad I took time to start this list before Christmas. In the midst of the craziness, I sat and really thought about all the amazing things that happened this month. A quick list got me laughing and remembering!
Advent calendar gifts from Nanna
Gingerbread cake at neighbor’s house
Grocery gift card from Dave’s work
Gift card from Jen’s work
The kids getting $10 to spend at the store and they bought 5 packages of 150 balloons each because they thought that was a great deal and would last a long time. (ugh)
E graduating from the D.A.R.E program. Which was funny since the officer that taught E had a son in my class when I was a teacher. (Full circle)
Dinner date with Dave
Having an indoor snowball fight with rolled up socks. Apparently, it was fun until we took Bre’s wonderful snow pile of snowballs and started throwing them. (Next time, explain “snowball fight” better) Ha!
Winning the DIY Ugly Sweater Contest at mom’s group and getting a year’s membership at a local children’s museum
Dave got free tickets to Star Wars while standing in line from a stranger
Celebrated Christmas with family
Sneaking filled stockings to drop off at neighbor’s front door but then my phone went off – whoops.
When I started to list all the wonderful memories, the hustle and bustle just melted away. It was a good month. It wasn’t the gifts that made our month. It was the intentional ways we made memories. It was also the unintentional things that happened that I knew I didn’t want to forget…
Sweet tears shed over pretend snowballs getting thrown at each other.
The deep hug that E gave me when he finally saw me in the crowd of parents at D.A.R.E graduation after performing on stage.
The pictures Bre took of Daddy and me decorating the tree together with my phone that I found later.
Learning that stapling the Christmas Lights on the house with it plugged in can cause electrocution (thank goodness Dave is ok).
When using a string of lights on a DIY Ugly sweater, make sure the lights don’t short, so that you don’t have to hit yourself to turn them on during the contest judging. HA!
I hope that you take time to count your many blessings and they will out weigh any hard times that might have come your way this year. Happy New Year!