Catching Up


It’s hard not to relax when you light a fire, throw a pillow on the floor, grab a blanket, and just let yourself be. That is where you would find me if by chance you could peer into a window of my home. There are millions of things I need to be doing, but just for tonight, I am taking a few hours off. Sometimes I wonder if time only exists in my mind. Some preconceived notion of what I should accomplish with each full circle of the hands of the clock. Tonight, I put my clock on pause. We go and go and go until we are so completely fatigued that just the thought of what we need to do becomes overwhelming. So, that is our red flag to slow down the pace of life while pushing the pause button on our imaginary and self induced busy schedule for a little bit of good ole fashioned down time. The dishes can wait, the laundry can pile up, and I in return will I catch up on doing nothing. Holidays are great but traveling and eating are always quite exhausting. So, tonight’s schedule will be filled with my feet being propped up and a whole lot of rest and relaxation. Anyone care to join me?

10 Things I Look Forward To At Christmastime


1) Christmas Music. I play it over and over again. I have a favorite playlist that speaks right to my heart. It is calming and comforting and I look forward to hearing it every year.

2) Presents of course! Who doesn’t like opening up a gift picked out with love especially for them.

3) Picking out a tree. Last year was the first year in a long time we cut down a live tree. The kids were so excited and it was so beautiful I couldn’t take my eyes off it. I look forward to going as a family to pick one out again.

4) Getting my Christmas Pajamas and having a nice dinner at my sisters after church on Christmas Eve. My sister started the tradition years ago and everyone always waits in anticipation to see what’s in their box.

5) Church with the family. My Poppy always loved when we would all go to mass together. I’ve never forgotten and I think of him every year. Christmas was his birthday!

6) Shopping. I’m sorry, I know it sounds shallow but I love searching for the perfect gift.

7) Decorations! There is nothing more peaceful that a crisp night and some Christmas lights. It warms my heart year after year when I see my parents yard all lit up as we pull in the driveway.

8) Family! I live far away from everyone else and it means so much to me when we are all together.

9) The red Starbucks cups. Sorry! They make me happy.

10) The fun Elf on The Shelf brings to our house and the overall cheerfulness of everyone around the holidays. Did I mention the Christmas cookies and the food!

Those are some of the things I look forward to every year. I’d love to hear some of yours!