It seems like just yesterday I was cleaning out our master bedroom and now here we are getting ready to decorate for Christmas. I love to feel the warmth of a fully decorated house for Christmas. It brings so much joy every time I pull up to our house. However, getting the house decorated is another story altogether.
Christmas is for kids, is something I hear on the radio this time of the year. Ultimately, I think there is a lot of truth in that saying. I spend so much time planning, shopping, wrapping and cooking, all so the kids have a great Christmas. Yes, I want Christmas to be great for myself, but in reality I do most of the prep for our kids. It dawned on me this year that if Christmas Day is ultimately for the kids, then why are we making every December day leading up to Christmas about them too?
Is going shopping on Thanksgiving day worth it? Do you sacrifice time with family and friends for shopping? We throw out the reasons why the stores should respect Thanksgiving and give everyone, including the employees of the stores, time to visit with family. But in the end we always seem to come back to going shopping. All of the reasons why shopping shouldn’t be on Thanksgiving are of course still true, but when it comes down to me handing out our hard earned money, I want to hand over as little of it as possible. Don’t think that we give up on Thanksgiving. Oh no, that does not happen.
Today is our official first work day back from our mini trip to visit family. I must say, it is so hard to get back into a routine. Not just for myself, but getting the kids back into a routine as well. For myself, getting into the swing of things again, after a break, is so overwhelming, thank you ADHD. Where do I start? This time around we have it a bit easier, since we are taking this week off from our homeschooling. There really isn’t a good way to ease back into it all, but we have found some tips that help, at least a little bit.
Ahhh, the trip is now officially over. We had a great time, and I’m sure you did too. Now we need to somehow jump right into our routine. Honestly, all I want to do is sit down and relax. With everything that went into planning, driving there, enjoying the time we had, and making it back safely there really is nothing I want more than to sit down and snuggle with my hubby while we catch up on our favorite t.v. programs. So why can’t that happen?
You made it! You are finally on vacation, and so are we. So far every part of going on this trip has been more work then just staying home. Congratulations, now you can finally relax, or so you think. I can say from personal experience that things don’t always go as planned.
Just like packing for the trip, going on the trip takes planning and organizing. I know, I know, you thought you had it covered when you finished packing. But, trust me, this planning is totally worth it. So let me share some of the tricks that help keep our kiddos happy on long car rides, and ultimately us adults relaxed.
So the trip is planned, and then it hits me…PACKING, ugh. Over the years I have worked hard to improve how we get it all together for leaving on a trip, but honestly it still is no fun and a lot of work. The biggest problem to overcome with having ADHD and kids with the same, is forgetting things. I can’t begin to count how many trips we have gone on that we forgot something. Some are pretty funny looking back on.
In our house, cleaning inevitably ends up making a much bigger mess…for the moment. Maybe it is that I take on too much at a time. Maybe we don’t work fast enough. Maybe, maybe, maybe. Honestly, it doesn’t much matter why when your house is in chaos.
The Adventure Begins? Well maybe not the full adventure, but at least this trip, the trip of starting a Blog. I have prayed, listened, waited, questioned and now here I am moving forward with what I believe God has in mind for our chaotic family, the adventure of blogging.