Friday, December 18, 2009

Slooooow down

I can't believe it's down to the wire! I mean, all the buildup, all the waiting, all the hype and traffic and marathon shopping sprees and now it's almost here. The older I get, the faster Christmas arrives and the less like an 'EVENT' it seems and more like something I need to write down in my organizer so I don't forget about it. I know, I know....that's just how it goes. Everyone feels that time goes too fast and that they're overscheduled.

But I'm not everyone. It bothers me to see my life racing past in a flurry of packing lunchboxes, doing laundry, running errands, cleaning bunny cages, taking kids to practices and making beads. (O.K., I actually don't mind to beadmaking, but the rest of it is just so..... so.)

What about all the stuff in the middle?

When do we get to do all the other stuff. The cool stuff. Where is the 'beef' of life, if you will. I've been thinking about that these last couple of weeks and so I'm determined to enjoy these holidays and not spend them stressed out, racing around town trying to make everything perfect. Last year, we got so busy we didn't even have time to make the gingerbread house, for crying out loud.

I'm done shopping and I'm going to get everything wrapped today while the kids are enjoying the last day of school. Then, we're going to just unplug. We're going to take a couple of little road trips to visit places I've been wanting to see for a while. We're going to do some Christmas crafts, make that gingerbread house, cook up some s'mores in the patio fireplace, take the dogs to the dog park... whatever strikes our fancy. No schedule, no little calendar book to keep me on track, no stress. We're going to kick back, get the frenzy behind us and just do a little living.

I hope you all do the same.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Yes, it's been awhile. That's because, like everyone else, I've been incredibly busy. And my rationale for not updating my blog has been, "If I don't have time to write it, I know they don't have time to read it."

Howevah...I have an awful lot of Christmas items languishing in my Etsy shop. An awful lot. And, well, it's almost, um, you know.....if you could maybe just stop buy...oops, I mean stop by.

And, starting today,


There are lots and lots and lots and lots of other beads, jewelry and beaded gifts available. Come check it out!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Oh, how they grow!

I hope everyone had a great holiday, filled with food and fun. I know we did. Every year, we trek up to Robert's sister's home in St. Augustine. The day is filled with family gossip, food, football and some Monkey-in-the-Middle. This year, everyone brought their dogs. As our children have gotten older, the dogs have sort of taken their place in some ways. Just like the kids used to do, they ran loose all day, playing and jumping, stealing snacks, bickering when the got over-tired. By the end of the evening, the kitchen floor was wall to wall with sleepy canines. Lots of them. Two pit-pulls, two Chihuahuas, a Husky, an Akita and our yellow lab. That's a lot of dogs, let me tell you.

A tradition that we have is, after dinner and dessert, when everyone is winding down, we all head down to Old Towne, where they light up the city with thousands of tiny lights. We walk through the square and wander through the streets, stop for hot chocolate and ice cream (well, it's Florida!), admire the Bridge of Lions and soak up that last bit of peace before the Season kicks in full speed.

As we walk through the square, I always make the kids stop and climb up on one of the old cannons and pose for a picture. We've done this every year for, oh, about a decade or more I guess. This year, when I downloaded the pictures later, I was amazed by how huge the kids were. I mean, really so big. So I went back, looking for an older picture to compare. The earliest one I could find on my computer was from 2004. It's not very good quality, but you can get my general point.

Wow, that went by quick.

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