I keep getting asked when we can have a stay-at-home day. I am trying really hard to make that happen. A good friend recommended writing FREE DAY on my calendar once a week, blocking off an entire day just for me and the girls. No outside appointments unless it’s an emergency, no errands, no outside lessons. Just a day at home to learn and be. We need that badly right now.
I feel like the holidays are rushing towards me. Usually by now I have my Christmas cards ordered and the envelopes already written. My shopping is mostly done and my house has been deep cleaned ready for Christmas decorations. This weekend I was able to take all of Saturday and spend it with my Mom. We shopped for thirteen hours before dropping from sheer exhaustion! I was able to get many gifts and now feel like some of the stress have been lifted. This is my first year trying to shop with children at home full time. I don’t even have a picture for my annual Christmas post card that I usually send out to friends and family early in December. It takes at least 10 days to get the cards from Apple, so I have to order them soon. I have started cleaning, emptying my bookshelves, my mantle and shelves so they may be cleaned and prepared for the setup of our Christmas village.
|setting up the village 2009|
In addition to my stress over the regular Christmas duties, my girls wanted to throw a party. Sure! Let’s throw a party. They wanted to have a “show and tell” where their friends could all bring a favorite poem, a story they wrote, play a song on our piano, or bring a collection to share. We are also sharing a meal - potluck dinner! I am looking forward to the afternoon but I have so much to do to prepare for it.
Then the following week Grace has her piano recital, and we will have a dinner after. Thankfully that is the week after the show-and-tell party so my house should be clean and decorated already!
Add to this that I am tutoring a child once a week (which I love), teaching 5th grade Sunday School class (which I also love) and have offered to assist with the creation of a teen youth group room at our Parish Center. I offered to paint chalkboard walls and murals. I am hoping the teens will prepare the walls, prime and paint them and then I will outline the murals for them to fill in with paint. I am looking forward to this project very much but it has left me feeling like I have taken on more than I can handle.
Today was a day where I missed the free time I enjoyed when the girls were in school. I missed my clean house. I missed the freedom to shop and do the daily household chores that never seemed so hard before. It did not help that I had an argument with one of my daughters over math (not naming names....) which led to a tearful daughter and a frustrated Mom.
This is a stressful time of year. Balancing lessons with life is harder right now. Now it is even more important for me to honor the girls request to slow down, breathe deeply and savor the season. It is not about the gifts, or the decorations, or the parties. It is about the birth of a child two thousand years ago. I need to keep that in mind and hug my two girls harder.
|Christmas card picture 2009|
You won’t hold it against me if you get your card in January...will you?