So Christmas is Done…

 
Done, packed up, and put away.  I’ve been on vacation for 5 days, and I’m not quite sure what I’ve accomplished.  I guess I accomplished Christmas.  Christmas with a three year old.  It was really cool, cause he is really starting to understand that when he goes to sleep on Christmas Eve, Santa is going to come, and bring him a ton of toys.  Which is actually a pretty cool concept.
 
Having a child has really put Christmas and its meaning into perspective for me.  A few years back we all agreed in our family, mostly for financial reasons, that we would quit buying each other Christmas presents.  That we would focus on Christmas for what it is supposed to be – a time for being with family and friends.  This has been wonderful actually.  I haven’t really missed the gift exchange at all.
 
The last couple of years we have kind of slipped back into the gift giving practice.  It’s hard for Christmas to come and go without getting at least a little something for the people you love the most.  Now that I have a child, well of course I’m going to buy for him.  I can’t rely on Santa for everything now, can I?  Watching him though on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning really makes me appreciate the true meaning of Christmas.  Seeing him so excited when we switch the countdown in our house “3 more days till Jesus’ Birthday, and Santa comes and brings gifts for everybody!”  It fills me up to the brim with love and excitement for the little guy.  Watching the magic take him over takes me over, and everyone around us.  It’s contagious.  
 
So I’m on vacation, and there were at least three or four books that I figured I would be finishing this week, but um….nope, hasn’t happened.  I’m trying to find the time to finish the one I have on the go, let alone finish all of them.
 
2012 is around the corner.  Does anyone have any resolutions planned?  I joined a gym in September and my membership has lapsed in the last few weeks, to say the least.  Gotta get back at that.  I find that I start off every year with a bunch of resolutions and none of them ever end up panning out.  Maybe I’ll just make a resolution to try and better my life all around.  Try to be healthy, try to be happy, try to read as many books as possible.  Sounds good to me.  
 
See you on the flipside.  All the best for the year ahead. 

Do You Sing in the Shower?

I used to.  I was showering this morning though, and I realized that I don’t anymore.  I don’t know why I thought of it, I just did.  I used to sing in the shower all the time.  I mean come on, with those acoustics, we all sound fabulous in the shower!

So as I shampooed my hair, I started really thinking about it.  Why don’t I sing in the shower anymore?  Is it because I’m afraid of getting told to shut up?  Hardly.  After some thought, I decided that it is similar to “stopping to smell the roses.”  I’m certainly not too busy to sing in the shower, cause hey, I’m in there anyway.  I think I just don’t because I’m spending my time thinking about other things.  That stuff I have to order when I get to work.  What I’m going to make for supper tonight.  I have to get the house cleaned this week, before our company comes on the weekend.  Ugh, especially this shower!

Life takes over.  There are too many other things to do and too many other things to think about so we forget to stop and enjoy the small pleasures.

I for one, am going to try to change that about myself and stop to smell the roses sometimes.  Or just do my thinking as I dry off and stop and enjoy the hot water and belt out a show tune or two.  I apologize in advance to anyone within hearing distance.