The Christmas countdown has begun, and it’s not been too pretty around here. It’s like the boys know they are supposed to behave, so they go completely the opposite way. I think they are actually challenging me to put some coal in their stockings this year!
I’m not sure if it’s just me, or has the Christmas countdown felt like it’s been in warp speed this year?! Didn’t we just start the school year?
These past couple weeks have been especially busy. From Holiday music concerts to school parties to volunteering, I feel like I should get my own locker. Then, there are the field trips, the fundraisers, and Spirit days, which, if I’m lucky, I remember at the last-minute. Plus, I’ve started Physical Therapy for my neck, I’m teaching, and still trying to get the hang of the new gym’s schedule.
Did I mention the Christmas shopping?!
Actually, I think I’m done. I thought I was done last week, until my husband asked the boys what they wanted.
Yeah. Not what I bought.
The thing that makes everything hard is the boys’ behavior. They are complete angels at school (unless they are watching their big brother in the audience of a concert!) then they have complete meltdowns at home.
It is not making me look forward to Christmas break.
I think one reason they are misbehaving is the departure from our regular schedule. Even though we’ve added in a lot of fun things, it changes our “normal.” Later bedtimes, more activities, and no routine really impacts them.
It impacts me.
I’m tired, I’m crabby, and my already low threshold for whining is almost non-existent.
So, instead of focusing on all the terrible things that happened this week, I’m going to list what I’m grateful for. If I don’t adjust my attitude, how can I expect my children to do the same?
Gratitude Christmas Countdown
- Meeting new ladies and hanging with good friends with a cup of tea, some essential oils, and a giant bottle of Vodka in the middle of the table(even though we didn’t drink it!)
- Adorable Gingerbread Men, and the calmest Kindergarten Christmas Party Ever!
- Dancing. Even when I’m exhausted, and force myself to go to class, once I’m there, it’s always fantastic.
- The Nutcracker. Our current theme at the studio where I teach. I love the music so much. It always brings me right back to when I fell in love with Ballet.
- Nighttime snuggles. Even though it disrupts my sleep, I still love to cuddle with my boys.
- Reading. Watching the twins learn, and seeing Mr. B make such great progress makes my heart happy.
- Shopping. And imaging the joy (even if it’s only for 5 seconds) of them opening the perfect present.
- New episodes of The Crown, Shut Eye, and Younger.
- Watching the boys swim. They are loving their new lessons at Goldfish Swim School. I’ll be sharing more on this next week.
- Finally watching the first episode of Stranger Things Season 2 with my husband. Even though we may have to re-watch it, since someone was snoring on the couch.
- Coloring! They are getting good!
- Movie Night with some awesome friends. Yes, I’ll have the LARGE wine while I watch A Bad Moms Christmas. While super silly, the movie made me feel validated in my feelings about Christmas as a mom.
- Good workouts. Feeling stronger, and less like the New Kid.
- My new Dance Bag!
- A neck that is getting less stiff and painful, with the help of Physical Therapy.
- Running all my errands yesterday, so I could stay in my PJs all day today….until swim lessons, followed by dinner with my Twin Moms.
- Our Christmas Tree Forest.
So, if your house is anything like mine lately, maybe you can make a gratitude list too. I know it may not solve problems, but it definitely puts them in perspective.
Are you looking forward to Christmas? Has the Christmas countdown in your house been a little crazy too? Make me feel better by leaving me some comments below.