Thursday, November 15, 2012

Seasons and Parenting

It has been getting a bit colder in our corner of the world.  Right now the sun is shining through my window and it's the first I've seen in weeks.  The warmth feels comforting coming from a natural source.  It seems every time I run the heaters one of us gets sniffly.  I'm just trying to keep us all healthy for the upcoming holidays.

Why do holidays have to be so stressful? Well for us they usually always involve some sort of travel.  Whether it's packing up and taking the plane to Missouri, or driving 3.5 hour drive over the mountains to get home to Yakima, there's always some sort of travel involved.  You know that old saying, it's about the journey, not the destination.  Yeah, not so much with traveling.  I'm not a fan of gas prices, plane prices, food on the road, rude, rude, rude people and someone always gets miserably sick. 

Second, there's the cost involved of all this.  Not just traveling but you're buying gifts for everyone which depletes the bank account, tape, cards, wrapping paper, baked goods, the list goes on and on.

 I tend to go internal a lot during the stress of the holidays which helps me cope.  I listen to a lot of calming music in the car.  As corny as it sounds being crafty actually takes away some of my stress too. 

Things at our homefront have been relatively quiet the last few months.  I'm down four pounds because I'm just busy.  My schedule has changed quite a bit and for the most part I'm enjoying it.  I love the kids I get to watch during the week.  It's great to have the kids in school now and I'm happy they both enjoy it. 

Miles recently saw a new doctor who wants to get a closer look at his diagnosis since it was made very quickly back in June.  This doctor was wonderful.  He had so much more compassion for everything that's happened to us and will work with a team to make sure Miles is correctly diagnosed.  Miles seems to be taking it all in stride.  He is now working with the regular class for an additional 30 minutes (with his aide) and I'm really proud of all his hard work.  We expect so much of our little ones and when they rise to the occasion, the heart swells with pride.  Still a bumpy path, but at least we have clearer direction. 

And Lainie, my little Lainie.  She just lost her eighth tooth and she's as sassy and sweet as ever.  I love being her mama.  I love that we share our love of reading and that we're both overly sensitive. 

Parenting these two children has ups and downs but isn't that the best part of it?  I love being challenged to be better, and that's because of them. 

Happy Thanksgiving and may your tryptophan coma be peaceful :)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Christmas music

It's on in the house and I love it!  I made my first batch of cinnamon rolls and it definitely feels like late fall around here :)

Just for fun, my top 5 favorite Christmas albums
1. Sara Groves O Holy Night
2. Sarah Mclachlan Wintersong
3. Martina McBride White Christmas
4. Bebo Norman Christmas from the Realms of Glory
5. The Preacher's Wife Soundtrack