Posts Written OnDecember 2015

New Years Eve and Those Silly Resolutions

It is the eve of New Years Eve and we still do not have plans for the “big night”. It was so much easier to come up with a plan when the birds were younger. At that time we lived in a neighborhood where the philosophy was “it takes a village to raise a child”. We made plans as  “a village”, and as such, our New Years Eve activities were planned and executed by “the village”.The plans were the same each year;  Bowling at 6pm, followed by a party at one of the village huts from 8:30- midnight. We played…

Tis the Day Before Christmas

Tis the day before Christmas and all through our home, hungry young people are starting to roam. They rose from their slumber at half past three, looking for food to be scarfed down for free.   Their laundry is littering the entry room floor, in hopes that their mother will clean it once more. Luggage and puppies have all come this way, they clutter the home, for most of their stay.   Whisper is screetching and running around, in hopes that her yodels will quiet the hounds. And Ranger is nestled all snug in his room, where voices from South…

We Had an Elf Before the Elf was Cool

  Several times this holiday season, I have listened to friends say, “Thank God the elf wasn’t around when our kids were small!” They say this because social media has exploited the antics of the shelf elf, or more specifically, the over- zealous parents who feel the need to out do each other with elfin antics. Instead of being fun, the elf has become a chore in many households. The funny thing is- We had an elf before the Elf on the Shelf was really “a thing”. A friend of mine who had kids several years before me, had an…

Holiday Grace

  With only two weeks left until Christmas, We are in the home stretch, and I am feeling the crunch. Yesterday I was feeling very stressed and overwhelmed,  but today I am feeling a little bit better. I decided to allow myself a grace period- I have told myself that it is OK to let go of a few of my self imposed responsibilities, and I have felt an  instant sense of relief. The holiday can easily become a stressful time instead of a joyful time. As the matriarchs of our households, we are typically responsible for: the holiday baking the…

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