Family upon family have gone through the separation of family, for job related reasons. For some it could be college or trainings, others the military, some business meetings. No matter the reason the separation seems so much harder to handle when kids are involved. For us, this separation known well ahead of time, and something we kind of choose. See my hubby had the opportunity to change jobs in the government. With his new job came the knowledge that he would have to go away for 5 weeks to Dallas for training. An awesome adventure for him, but for the rest of us staying at home, um not so much. Knowing that this new job would be better for our family was reason enough to […]
I should have known that it was going to be one of “those” kind of trips from the start. I was so unprepared. I had my menu app, shopping list with me but I forgot to add to it all the other things I needed to get. I was going to have to wing it. When we finally parked I only had one of my kids jump out of the car, the other pretended to be sleeping. Of course he would be the child sitting all the way in the back seat.
Every year I try to head out shopping the day after Christmas to stock up on wrapping paper, decorations, and all that yummy food I can get half off. This year was no exception. The kids went with me this year since hubby had to work. I promised the kids that I would take them to the newly opened frozen yogurt shop afterwards, if they behaved. I figured that would be the trick to getting the shopping done and still enjoying this Christmas season. Apparently, I was wrong.
Sometimes the simple things are the things that give us the most joy. Today was a great example of this; a special day for Cody and I. We were able to head out, just the two of us, for some much-needed one on one time. Cody came up to me a week ago asking for some money, so he could buy our family Christmas presents. He really felt bad that he didn’t have anything to give everyone. We talked about how hard money is to earn, and that if he really wanted to buy presents for everyone, he would have to earn the money, just like Dad does. He was all for it, just hesitant about how much he was going to have to work. […]
In this day and age of more things going digital, it is so nice to get actual mail that isn’t junk. Sending out those Christmas cards however, is much less appealing. I love the idea of finally dropping them in the post office bin, but getting them ready to mail is just so overwhelming. So now that Christmas card season is here, how do I go from being overwhelmed with getting one card out to getting out a hundred?
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.