Can you believe December is already here??!! I mean, really?! It was almost exactly a year ago (December 9th, to be exact), when I headed back to my first day of work after 6 months of maternity leave. It's been a really amazing year, full of growth, laughter, vacations, memories and fun. But, December also holds memories of heartache. This month, last year, Adam's dad passed away and one of my very best friends unexpectedly lost her baby, at birth. All in the same week. I remember thinking, gosh God, what more could you throw at us, this is awful. But, somehow He manages to prove Himself and His faithfullness. And for that, it's been a year of healing and hope.
So on to my goals for the month.....
1. Throw a fun birthday party for Molly! My big girl turns THREE on Friday and we are doing a Frozen themed pajama party on Saturday. Should be fun. =)
2. Stick to healthy eating and at least 5 days of exercise a week, until we leave for our Hawaii trip. Please hold me to this!!!
3. Make Christmas memories with the kids....watch several Christmas movies, drive through Fantasy Lights, meet Santa Claus, bake Christmas cookies, read advent stories, finish decorating the house and participate in some sort of service project where we can give back our time and love to the community.
4. Get more sleep! I'm commiting to being in bed by 10pm on school nights!
5. Take time to relax and enjoy the holiday season with our family. Don't get wrapped up in details, but be flexible and forgiving when things don't go as planned.
6. Pack for 6 people to be gone for two weeks. Eeeekkkk!! I gotta get organized now! And I'm super thankful to have someone willing to house sit and take care of things while we are gone. It's that amazing village I was talking about in my Thankful Thursday post! Super blessed!
7. Finish shopping and wrapping gifts by the 12th. Gotta be done, then!
8. Pick out two good novels to take with us on vacation. Whether or not I get them read, while supervising four children, is still unknown. But at least I have them if I need them. =) Suggestions are welcome!!
**I got a head start on goal #3...we did some early Christmas decorating around the house, and the kids had a chance to meet Santa.
As you prepare for the holiday season, I sure hope it's a blessed one for you. We won't be home for Christmas this year, and although there are parts of me that are sad about missing out on some of our traditions, I'm glad to get away from the commercialism and just spend time with the people I love the most. Enjoying the spirit of the season without the pressures and expectations. Hopefully, you'll find me by the pool, with an umbrella drink in hand, watching my kids splash, making memories to last a lifetime. That's what it's all about.