Actually I do have time, but I'm not using it by blogging. We're happily playing with a borrowed Wii today and because of our basic lack of pop culture technology, I'm letting the girls play all day if they want to. I don't feel like nagging (much) during these last days of school holiday.
December was very busy, but because of many of our concerts, recitals, plays, and craft sales were fairly early in the month, we all had the week before Christmas to think about Christmas. Winterfest was a great time with a large attendance (unlike last year) and it was nice to sit and craft, play games and visit with friends without feeling like I was supposed to be somewhere else, doing something else, to get ready for Christmas. All day I was thinking about my parents' celebrating their 50th Anniversary, but happily it was without guilt that I wasn't there. It's the only thing I really had to make any tough decisions about while prioritizing my pre-Christmas activities.
Some of the lead-up to Christmas included:
Singing with my girls at our church choir concert
Watching my girls in their Sunday School musical (the little cutey in the front isn't one of mine)
Attending the city's sing-along carolling in the Winspear Centre
Listening to Handel's Messiah, as performed by one of the city's church choirs
Going to the elementary school and junior high band concerts
Listening to Alice's first ever piano recital
Sold crafts (art?) at two sales
Spent the day at Winterfest with the community league
The rest of life was filled with getting ready for all of those events, baking loads of cookies, sewing and making gifts, continuing to exercise with a friend a few times each week, cook, feed and clean my family. I don't think I really felt stressed this Christmas at all and I also don't think I entered a mall once. Maybe that's why I wasn't stressed?
We managed a trip to Kimberly to see my brothers and parents, and also to the farm twice to see Yvon's family. The last trip was terrible. Not the visit, but the trip itself. 6 miles of sheer ice rink roads leading to their farm, and speeds never above 30 km/hr. Had we known, we wouldn't have gone out there. THAT was stressful.
And before the kids go back to school, we're working on increasing our prettiness. This is our progress so far:
Pretty enough. I've always thought so.
But way prettier now. Tomorrow it's my turn. I haven't had a cut since August, so it should be easy to up my prettiness factor. Tune in for an update.