The Vacation Flavour - A Reminder Of What It's All About

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It's funny how kids lead keep a means of bringing us all dorsum downwardly to the world together with actually knocking a lilliputian feel into us from time-to-time. 

Sometimes nosotros instruct together with then busy going through the daily grind that nosotros overlook the parts of life that should affair most.  We tin instruct together with then focused on housework together with bills together with getting dinner on the tabular array together with go together with errands together with well, life inwards general.  (Yes, I realize that was a major run-on sentence!)

This fourth dimension of yr every bit nosotros go into into the vacation season, all of the mayhem together with craziness oft compounds ten-fold.  There's the vacation shopping, the decorating, the menage unit of measurement gatherings, the gift-wrapping, the classroom treats to make, the homemade cookie-making, the fourth dimension spent on treats or crafts for gift-giving, the traveling, the visits to Santa together with and then much more!  (So much more, inwards fact, that it tin brand our heads spin!)

My dear, precious children lead keep endured years of my craziness during birthday together with vacation seasons inwards our household.  I am fanatical virtually everything beingness just-right.  I brand lists means inwards advance together with deed similar an insane individual when planning together with preparing for a specific upshot or occasion. 

I am often a lunatic inwards the days together with hours prior to a party.

You can't play inwards that room 'cuz mommy already cleaned inwards there.

Don't sit down on the couch for the residuum of the afternoon.  I already fluffed all of the pillows together with cushions!

Honey, tin you lot just select handgrip of a banana together with some string cheese for tiffin today?  I just did all of the dishes and you'll mess upward the kitchen!

(You intend I'm kidding.)

So, yesterday 1 of my kids actually presented amongst me a 2nd inwards fourth dimension that gave me a swift boot inwards the booty! While they were at school, I had complied 1 of my typical before-a-party lists inwards grooming for hosting the Thanksgiving gathering for the menage unit of measurement on Thursday.  Of course, it was a four-day outline of what was expected from each menage unit of measurement fellow member chore-wise ... consummate amongst color-coded initials indicating which menage unit of measurement fellow member had which job.  I sat them downwardly later schoolhouse together with held a lilliputian menage unit of measurement coming together to pop off over it amongst them.  (Of course, their enthusiasm was but overwhelming!) I got the every-popular coil of the eyes!
 
Then, my sweet, lilliputian five-year old, Ayvah, said something that genuinely stopped me inwards my tracks together with made me accept pause.
 
How come upward you lot never brand lists of fun stuff to do?
 
Doh! 

Zinger.  (A big, fatty zinger!)
 
She had me there!
 
I got to thinking virtually priorities ... where I invest a lot of unloose energy at.  And, what life for my kids must endure similar at the holidays sometimes.  Sure, they are blessed amongst piles of presents nether the Christmas tree together with all of the expected, material stuff.  But, why - during the fourth dimension of yr when the focus should endure on menage unit of measurement together with our blessings - practise I pop off far all virtually tasks, chores, to-do lists together with perfection?

So, I've decided to practise precisely what my five-year quondam suggested - lead keep us all sit down downwardly over Thanksgiving weekend together with write out a listing of FUN STUFF to practise during the calendar month of December.  I've already gotten a flake of input from the kids later revealing my persuasion of the "Fun List" to them. 

Bowling.  Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 menage unit of measurement "camp-out" inwards the living room over their vacation recess from school.  Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 girl's-only black out.  And, a "mom-makes-snow-angels-with-us outside" day!

Don't these all audio together with then fun? 

I am thankful that I was reminded of just what is of import during the vacation season.  It's virtually menage unit of measurement together with our overwhelming blessings.  It's virtually taking fourth dimension to bask the moments nosotros lead keep amongst those nosotros love.  It's virtually pausing to appreciate the gifts inwards our lives ... the gifts of love, friendships, relationships together with selflessness.  It's virtually edifice novel traditions and memories with those nosotros cherish inwards our lives spell passing on the heartfelt together with precious ones to the side yesteryear side generation.

I know that during this week's Thanksgiving gatherings together with every bit nosotros go into into the Christmas season, I excogitation to carve out moments amongst my menage unit of measurement that volition pop off beautiful memories for us all inwards the future.

May you lot all lead keep a love-filled together with memorable vacation season.  And, may nosotros all halt to cry upward what it actually is all about.
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