Reflection on 2013

I promise, PROMISE I’m going to post something about Christmas tomorrow.  But, seeing as how it’s New Year’s Eve, I thought a reflection on the year (as well as the month of blogging) would be more apropos.

Looking at the year…

I was struck by the thought today that my life has been taken over by my child.  While this isn’t really news (and, really, isn’t it the same for all parents everywhere?), I found the fact staring me in the face with Facebook’s new “Take A Look At All The Important Moments Of Your Year” thing that it rolled out today.  Nearly every picture and post had something to do with Little Man.

And, oddly, I’m perfectly okay with that.  I’ve wanted to be a mom for so long, that the fact that my life focuses on my son right now is okay.  I mean, yes, I have other things going on in my life — a husband, a job outside of our home, my faith, friends — but, it’s okay for it to revolve around Little Man right now.  As he grows and (hopefully) our family expands, that will change.  And that will be okay too.

Looking at the month…

I know that I said I was going to post every day.  It clearly didn’t happen.  But, I’m going to stick with it as much as I can.  I enjoy taking some time to write at the end of the day and I like that.

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New Look

I have so much to tell you all about Christmas and why I’ve been completely MIA for the last week or so.

But first, I have to share that I switched to a new theme.  I used to use Pachyderm and while I liked it, I felt a little like I could use something new.  So, we’re going to try out this new theme (I can’t remember what it’s called) for a few weeks to see how I like it.  Eventually, I’d like to figure out how to customize the look a little more with my own photo in the header and the like.  Hopefully, I’ll have some time to start looking into that during break, but we’ll see.

We’re slowly getting there…

As I mentioned yesterday, the tree has lights on it. And now, as of ten minutes ago, it has ornaments. We might just have some Christmas here after all!

This year, I’m feeling more and more like Christmas is the kid who’s “it” in hide and go seek: “Ready or not, here I come!” It will be here before I know it. I’m trying to focus on enjoying the preparation, but I’m also trying to get as much grading done before break as I can. Still, trying to keep the focus on time and not Stuff.

Time ran out for posting yesterday…

Sorry about yesterday; it was a day full of Mass, another baby shower, a sick Little Man, and schoolwork. Always with the schoolwork…

So, I’m posting now to make up for it and I’m posting the two cutest Little Man things that happened this weekend.

First, Little Man was asleep when we put the tree up (not decorated, just up), so he saw it for the first time when he woke up from his nap. He stared at the tee. He looked at us. He looked at the tree. He looked at us. It was as if he was saying, “So… What’s going on here? Adorable.

Secondly, Little Man has been saying DaDa at Teacher Man for awhile now. He knows to look at him when I ask, “Where’s DaDa?” And so forth. But, yesterday we were at Mass and Little Man was happily playing at something. Then, out of nowhere, he turns to Teacher Man and goes “DaDa!” to try and get his attention. Be still, my heart!

And the rush is on…

Today we got our tree.  I also got the feeling I usually get about this time of year where I look at everything that needs to be done for the house and for school and think to myself, “It’s never going to all get done.”

So, for now, all I’m doing is putting my head down and surging forward.

A quick note or two on Little Man: he’s a little congested with a runny nose, so pray that he gets some sleep tonight so he can fel better soon!

Back to the papers…

Sad Little Man…

Little Man is feeling a little, ah, stopped up, shall we say?  It makes me sad to see him this way.  😦  We gave him some prunes for dinner, so hopefully that will help him out a little bit.

Nothing too much other than that to report for today.  We’re getting our Christmas tree tomorrow and I’m excited to get ready for Christmas!

“Santa, oh Santa!”

I wasn’t sure how excited I would be to take Little Man to see Santa for the first time.  I mean, it’s not like he’s going to remember this and most kids cry the first time, right?

Teacher Man and I decided to do a family visit to Santa today when school got out (we figured a Thursday would be better than a Saturday).  There was NO LINE (which was amazing!), so we went right up to Santa.

I have to admit, there was a little bit of me that was like this:

I was just SO excited!

Little Man did a great job!  Of course, he didn’t have anything to say to Santa, but he did sit on his lap and even smiled!  No crying!  It was amazing and it was one of those times where I was reminded of the magic of Christmas for little kids.

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Of course, he wasn’t staring at the camera.  But, he wasn’t crying!  Woohoo!

Five Favorites Vol 2: Christmas Books

After being inspired by Maggie’s post (here), I decided that I should share some of my favorite Christmas books (though, I promise to not copy hers!).  These are mostly kids books and stories, but I think anyone can find some joy in them (how can you not find joy in ALL children’s books?  But, I digress…).

1) The Night Before Christmas

I know, it’s super cliche, but it’s really a great Christmas book.  Non-religious, true, but I have wonderful memories of my dad reading it to all of us kids on Christmas Eve every year, a memory my sister pointed out that Little Man is going to get to enjoy for the first time!  Also, I love the illustrations in this version.  They are so quaint and delicate!

2) Merry Christmas Mom and Dad

This is just one of the cutest stories.  I remember reading it to my little brother and thinking about how hard he had to try to make the perfect present for everyone.

3) The Polar Express

My first few years of teaching, I would have the kids sit around me, like they did when they were little, and I read them this book.  While Christmas is first and foremost a religious holiday, there’s something to be said for the magic of this book (and the beautiful illustrations).  We all need a little more magic in our lives, don’t you think?

4) The Littlest Christmas Tree

I was always the kid that got a little sad watching “Charlie Brown’s Christmas” and how the little Christmas Tree that Charlie Brown had was so pitiful looking and really just wanted to be loved and decorated.  This is a similar story where the littlest tree finally goes to a home and the family sings “O Christmas Tree” around it.  Rings true for so many kids.

5) The First Christmas Night

Of course, the true, real meaning of Christmas, with beautiful illustrations.