Christmas week is finally here! I’m excited to (hopefully!) spend the week going at a much slower pace, taking a lot of time to relax and enjoy the little moments that make this time of year magical. I’m really hoping everyone stays healthy and that my children stop fighting every waking minute so we can all breathe easier and smile and laugh and take solace in being together throughout a bunch of Christmas celebrations. That might be asking too much, but here’s hoping!
I’m always able to find things to do, but I really hope I can learn to let a few things slide this week. I have such a pileup of books that I’d LOVE to spend a few hours every day finally enjoying my Christmas reading corner, with candles lit and my furry children surrounding me. There’s always next week too, but I kind of switch over to crazy mode between Christmas and New Year’s, wanting to get everything cleaned up and in order so I’m ready for an actual fresh start right away January 1st. So this is the week for down time!
There really aren’t any set plans until Friday. I’m declaring Monday my baking day, though I realized I’ll have to run to the grocery store in the morning. And the dog park. So it won’t quite be the early start I thought I’d have. But if I get sick of baking at some point on Monday I’ll just make Tuesday a baking day too! I want to make enough things to package up some goodie boxes for the neighbors. I might do more baking on Thursday for all the Christmas parties.
I need to finish wrapping presents and clean the house up a bit too earlier in the week. Nothing major, but enough that it doesn’t stress me out. Right now it’s stressing me out! I don’t know what I ever did before I could dedicate an entire room to wrapping presents! What a mess. It doesn’t help that Shepard decided to build a gigantic cardboard airplane that’s taking up pretty much all available floor space in the living room. I’m glad he was doing something creative, but…it’s a mess!
On Friday morning I decided to treat myself to the new Pitch Perfect movie. I think it’ll be exactly what I need before jumping into all the Christmas festivities over the weekend. As soon as the boys get out of school we’re having our little family Christmas. We always take the present opening at a pretty slow pace and then enjoy the gifts for the rest of the evening. Saturday morning we have Greg’s huge family Christmas party. And Christmas Eve we spend the morning with Greg’s family and afternoon with mine. And Christmas day is always kind of up in the air. We open Santa presents in the morning, relax awhile, and usually end up at one or both grandparent houses at some point later in the day.
No big priorities this week! I just want to be happy and enjoy life. I don’t want to lose patience when a certain child of mine is destined to have multiple meltdowns because he doesn’t want to go somewhere or do something. I just want to have a good week!
Tuesday – Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup
Wednesday – Leftovers, probably
Thursday- Toasted Ravioli for the adults, Christmas Spaghetti for the kids
Friday – Pizza