Saturday, December 25, 2010

Thoughts of a tired mom after Christmas.

Why is it I can't wait to see this on Monday.  I enjoyed the holidays this year, but I admit, I am ready for them to be over.  Oh how I wish I didn't feel this way.  I remember being so heartbroken as a child when Christmas decorations would be packed away until next year.   Right now I am tired of looking at them.

 I wish all the presents and commercialism and busyness of Christmas would just go away.  Ha!  That sounds great in theory, but I play into it as much as anybody.  I wouldn't mind just a simple Christmas with minimal gifts and a lot more service.  How does one accomplish this?  How do you get away from the mad rush,  endless shopping, and everything else that pulls at your time and detracts from the real meaning of the season? 

Wouldn't it be great to pack up the family and head to a third world country for Christmas.  I would love for my children to fully realize how good they have it.  How blessed they are, and how little they really need, and how much they could do for others.

Oh hum.  I will try harder next year to slow it down, have quiet Christmas moments, teach my children about our Savior and why we are celebrating.  I will try to tone down the gifts and still not disappoint the teenagers (that is quite a feat).  It has to be possible right?

I truly love the Christmas season.  I love the Christmas story.  I am grateful and forever indebted to my Savior, Jesus Christ.  This needs to be my focus, my center, and my strength in the seasons to come.  The Christmas Spirit was here this year, I just forgot to slow down and look for it and take time to let it sink deeper into my heart. 

You know, just recognizing it at this moment, suddenly makes me feel better and know that I will have many bright and special Christmases in my future.  

Merry Christmas, and a happy Christ centered New Year!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Food Court Flash Mob, Hallelujah Chorus - Must See!

I would like to think that I would have joined in the fun! I actually started tearing up while watching this! Enjoy!  (It's a lot clearer if you watch it on YouTube)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Beautiful Cake!

Brittany, my hairdresser, just happened to be getting married.  
How convenient - I happened to decorate cakes!
It was meant to be!  Isn't it beautiful! 
(It tasted amazing too - white cake with fresh whipped cream and ripe strawberries - mmmmm)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Date Night with the "Beloved"

Nathan, (also known as the beloved by his 2 older sisters) got to spend a night out with mom and dad this weekend.  On the agenda - Suns game!!!
He was pretty excited to get to go out with us all by himself.  
We had some pretty sweet seats.  One of the suns cheerleaders stood right in front of us periodically and shook her stuff not wearing much stuff.  Lovely.  When she wasn't disrupting my view and distracting my dates I realized that Steve Nash really isn't that short - the other guys are just freakishly tall.
We had a great time munching on junk food and cheering with the crowd.  I sure love these two guys!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Almost there!

Finals are coming up.  I need to study like crazy.  Can't wait until next week so I can start doing this!

Oh Santa!

Nathan thinks he is to big to sit on Santa's lap.  So some of his friends decided that he indeed needed to sit on his lap, and forced him there.  Look at the grip Santa has on his wrist just to keep him still for the picture.  
 Allison and and her friend Cameron had no trouble at all posing with the big guy!  
Oh how I miss the good ole days when my kids were little and slightly scared of the man in red.