Emma, Johnny, and Lily admire the Christmas tree with my sister E.
See how our tree has decorations on it? It doesn’t look like that any more – at least the first three feet of it don’t. My kids think our Christmas tree decorations are their newest toys, and since all three kids now have Secret Hiding Places for their treasures, it sometimes takes a while before I find them again.
November was quite the month in our house. We played outside when it was warm and when I could get Emma to bundle up, and I sent off one round of donations, and I’m in the process of going through the kids’ clothes to put together a second donation in December. I sent off several letters, and I cooked Thanksgiving dinner – everything but the cranberry relish and stuffing, which my sister brought (and which were delicious!) I made a skirt, and fleece pants for Emma and Lily. And, thanks to the magic of Mike goofing off while running away from the camera after setting the timer, we got another family photo where everyone is looking at the camera!
November was also full of the ups and downs of life. We enjoyed a wonderful visit to Cape Cod with Mike’s mom, sister, Grandma, two of his Grandma’s sisters, and one of his mom’s cousins. We said goodbye to Mike’s other Grandma. We will all miss her so much, and I am very grateful that Mike can fly out for the funeral. And yesterday morning my sister had her first baby – a healthy and beautiful baby boy! A couple unexpected events led to five of my parents’ ten children living in Utah as of this month. My parents realized that, if they wanted to get all ten of us together in the near future, it needed to be this Christmas. So the remaining five of us booked tickets, and we will all be together on Christmas day and for a few days afterwards. And we will be traveling with three young children in the middle of the holiday travel rush! What an adventure! Thankfully my sister E (who my children – and I – adore) lives near Boston and agreed to travel there and back with me and Mike, and my brother B (who also lives near Boston) will join us going one direction, so we will always have at least one adult per child!
December is going to be a busy month. Mike will be home for only 12 days out of the month, but we’ll be with him for some of the time he will be away. Johnny turns three, and besides the barely-planned birthday playdate we’ll be having, this means that he transfers out of early intervention into speech therapy through the public school system. I will really miss the wonderful lady who comes out to the house and plays with him (and Emma and Lily, so he can practice turn-taking and sharing) every week. I am happy that getting speech through the school system means we can end our LONG drives to private speech therapy each week, especially with winter weather rapidly approaching. We have a few days after Johnny’s birthday to pack before we leave for Utah. I don’t plan to bring along the kids’ presents, and I haven’t decided yet whether to celebrate at home before or after we leave – any opinions either way? I can’t decide whether it’s better for them to have new toys to play with while I pack or to have it as a nice way to transition from all the extra attention they’ll get with cousins and aunts and uncles and to keep them occupied while I unpack and wash mountains of laundry.
- Enjoy time with family. Target Area: gratitude
- Talk to the kids about all the family members they are going to meet. Target Areas: peace and education
- Set up a play airport security station and play airplane travel in hopes of helping Johnny overcome his fear that the TSA is stealing his shoes forever when they x-ray them and to hopefully break his habit of falling apart during flights. Target Areas: peace and education
- Donate the kids’ outgrown clothes. Target Areas: gratitude and charity
What are your goals for December?
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