Well Christmas Eve has come and gone and it has been an amazing night for my son and daughter. My son was so excited on Christmas Eve, to open up his gifts from us and from the rest of the family. He expecially loved the garbage truck that I got for him (it was an after thought - and a good one too!) My daughter who is only eleven months old, was right in there, ripping up the gifts....but she was overwhelmed by everything. She loved the bows on the gifts so much, that she kept ripping them off everyone's gifts and running off with them.
After everyone left, we sat and watched Santa on the radar on http://www.noradsanta.org. It is fantastic. My son watched with wide eyes. He loved it. He has now gone down with dreams of Santa coming down the tiny chimney and drinking his milk and cookies, and rudolf eating his apple he left out for him.
Now it is hushed silence in my house in the wee hours of Christmas morning, and it is time for my husband and I to relax and unwind a bit, before tomorrow's mad dash for more Christmas gifts to be opened and Christms dinner to be made..... But for the next hour or so, the time is ours - and I'm loving that!
Well the baking has been done and the tree has been completed and most of the presents have been bought. I still have a couple of more things to buy, but for the most part, it is done - Hurray!!!!!
I promised I wouldn't go overboard this year with the children. It is my daughter's first Christmas, and I tried really, really hard. But I have a feeling I may have went over budget a teeny tiny amount. Ok, probably a lot, but that's ok. I am such a sucker when it comes to Christmas.
I am so excited for my own children now. I spent this morning explaining to my son about how Santa delivers his gifts. He asked me how Santa can fit down such a tiny chimney. My three year old son is already on the ball. I told him that Santa is magical and can do lots of magical things to deliver all his gifts around the world in one night, including fitting down our chimney.
He had his party at preschool today. It was fantastic. I was only able to stay for a bit of it at the beginning, as I had my eleven month old daughter with me, and she provides a lot of distraction for the kids, so they ask that babies aren't there for the duration. And I do understand that. So I just came back a bit earlier. They were hitting a pinata. They had learned about all the different Christmas traditions around the world. I just think it is so great to open up their minds that way and learn about the way different people celebrate Christmas.
I am hoping that tomorrow I can take the children and run the last few errands that I have to do before Christmas. I am doing Christmas dinner at my home this year for the family, so I will have to do some grocery shopping on Saturday. Uggghhh. My husband is in charge of wrapping this year (he's much better at it anyways - my wrapping is pretty brutal!). So that is one thing off my plate. Yeah! Three sleeps left......
This past week has been such a blur. Christmas is almost here and my tree is still in the middle of being decorated, my gifts are not wrapped, and I still have people to shop for.
Each day I get up with my son and daughter and vow that this will be the day that I catch up with my "to do" list for Christmas. I had even planned to bake shortbread cookies for the family and pass out to friends....however I can't seem to make it to the kitchen to actually bake them.
I did manage to collect items for the Food Bank last week, and somehow found a few quiet moments to myself to write out my Christmas cards and get them out on time. So at least people will know that I was thinking of them at the right time....
I am hoping that this week I will be able to get out on my own one evening to finish up my shopping. I didn't want to be one of those people who leaves everything to the last minute; but as my tree is still with only half its decorations on it, and my baking utensils are still sitting in the drawer...I may have indeed become one of them. Six days left and counting....
This morning I drove around my area picking up donations for the Food Bank. My mom was able to help me out and people were so generous and thankful. It is the least I could do, as I have a mini van, and I can certainly make the time. The WhiteRock/South Surrey Food Bank is located on 24th avenue and I was so impressed to see so many people donating their time to put together boxes for others in need and just helping out. I hope people remember that it isn't just at Christmas that we should be donating - but all year through.
It was a very emotional day for me, as I really felt so blessed and thankful for what I have. And that my children were able to be a part of today as well; as I bundled them up after I picked up the donations, and took them with me, so they could see where it was all going. My son may seemed to understand the importance of what we were doing today.
My new site is finally up and running! I am really excited about it as it has been in the developing stages for some time.
I want moms to really feel like this is a site not only where they can read up on parenting articles and check out the next inspirational workshop, but also be able to know that they aren’t alone in their struggles with motherhood. I may not be a psychologist but I do have one thing going for me – and that’s being a mom. And if I can help one other mom out there with any of the issues that she is facing, then my company will have been a success. Moms helping moms – that’s what it’s all about.
My consulting business will be launching in the spring. My expertise is home based business development but I can help with financial issues, emotional issues and parenting. My goal is of course, to help women who are looking to become stay at home moms. I already have a couple of clients – so I’m looking forward to the spring to fully launch it.
I’m going to be on the cover of Yummy Mummy magazine for the Feb/March edition, with a feature about my company. Yummy Mummy is a part of West coast Families Magazine. There are so many great resources and articles for moms in them. I’ve been reading West coast Magazine since I had my son, almost four years ago - so a very big thrill for me to be in it.
Well, my time is up, as my ten month old daughter needs her mommy! I hope you bookmark this site and help make it a success by keeping in touch with me and letting me know what you would like to see - not only with workshop topics, but consulting issues and parenting articles, too. This site is dedicated to all moms – so let me know your thoughts!