We had a most wonderful two week vacation. As a stay-at-home mom, I have never found the vacation in a "staycation." Dishes, laundry, and the ever-constant need of something in the house that could be cleaned or better organized somehow robs me of that vacation feeling. However…something was different this year. The first highlight was that our boys decided to both sleep in every day for two weeks. The hubby and I got more sleep than we have since March 2007! The second highlight was an extremely helpful husband. With duties of bathing, cooking, and cleaning shared, our household hit a groove after the first few days; shared responsibility & shared relaxation. Instead of feeling like I was still on-the-job, I felt like an equal member of a four-man team. Although there were other highlights, I finish with a third…Christmas morning.
Since precious boy #1 had a traumatic first few years of life, even his first Christmas morning spent in the ICU, and some development delays as a result, we did not have the "Christmas with children" experience for awhile. He has always thrived more on social interaction than toys, and imparting the reason for our celebration has seemed a far off goal. But not this year! #1 could tell us that we were celebrating baby Jesus' birthday after the first week of December and enjoyed hearing all of the Christmas music. Both boys memorized their 'paraphrased' Bible verse from church, "God loves us and sent his son." John 3:16. Little boy #2 told us that Santa says, "ho ho ho," and also noticed the new music and excitement of the season. Christmas morning was a wonderful time with our Netflix inspired fireplace playing on the TV by the Christmas tree, beautiful packages wrapped in sparkly ribbon, and genuine smiles beaming from the little boys' faces. Taking pics on Christmas is always kind of hard because the kids are looking intently at their boxes while they open them, give a brief look up upon recognition of what is inside, and then return to looking down again. I was able to capture a few golden moments and am happy to report that the toys are still providing much entertainment…and allowing me some peace and quiet to write! I hope that as you being to ponder the upcoming year, treasured memories of the not too distant past bring a smile to your face.