Things Learned on A Christmas Vacation

I left work at 5 pm on Thursday, December 23rd and returned this morning around 10 am.  The last 10 days have been crammed with life adventures that have left me bursting at the seams with emotions ranging from debilitating worry to boiling frustration to rising anger to debilitating joy.  I guess that what’s I signed up for when I decided to be a parent of three trying to navigate this wondrous time of year commonly known as Christmas vacation.

I have one hundred posts sitting in my brain that most likely will never make the page, so for now I’ve decided to focus on the Top Ten Things I Learned During the Wild Christmas Vacation of 2010.

10. A gorgeous rendition of “O Holy Night” during Christmas Eve Mass is enough to keep me happy for days.

9. You can never have too many train tracks.

8. Kinect is Mind. Blowing.

7. I can never hear my 3-year-old tell me “I love you so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so much, Mama!” too many times.

6. A peach reed diffuser from Pier One is really cool when it’s given to me as a Christmas present from my 6-year-old Phoebes.

5. When you have the right love in your life, it don’t matter what you unwrap from under the tree.

4. Sugar sprinkles simply CAN. NOT be dispensed properly by a 3-year old, a 6-year-old OR an 8-year-old.

3.Sitting on a freeway with three kids in a van stuck for hours upon hours in the middle of a snowstorm SUCKS.

2. Homemade chocolate cookies and hot chocolate prepared by Grandma and Grandpa at the end of said drive mentioned in #3 almost makes all the turmoil worthwhile.

And the # 1 thing I learned on my 2010 Christmas vacation is:

I believe in magic.


Here’s to a 2011 of epic proportions….

the very first sunset of 2011 on a desert highway

9 Responses to “Things Learned on A Christmas Vacation”

  1. Jo says:

    I’m with you on the Kinect. C R A Z Y.

    • Lee says:

      Happy 2011! Yeah the Kinect is off the hook. I’m feeling very “future” when we play it. Hope all is happy in your world! xo Lee

  2. Ash says:

    I hear you on “O Holy Night” – my soul craved hearing “Come All Ye Faithful” this year. Sadly, we did not make it to church. Again.

    I believe there is a message in there.

    Glad you all found treats at the end of that white-knuckler, literally. Damn. And I’m positive that photo does not do it justice.

    But I’m most glad to find you here, safe and sound. To 2011, my friend.

  3. Karen says:

    Very sweet post, Lee – LOVE the pics! 🙂

    I was thinking what pictures I would post to reflect my Christmas memories…
    but they would involve very late nights wrapping presents and very bad television keeping me company… the rest would all be so blurry you probably couldn’t make them out!

    AFTER Christmas was stellar though… calm, peaceful, almost boring! Loved it!

    Happy Happy Happy 2011!

    • Lee says:

      KAREN. I miss you and hope that 2011 brings us WAAAAYYY more time to actually talk and see each other and all the necessary stuff. xo

  4. Amy says:

    Loved the post, the photos and am dying to catch up and hear about your adventures in person (especially the train ride).

    Currently at home with a sick kid, a sick self and post Christmas-vacation blues you could say.

    Miss you.

  5. Catherine says:

    I couldn’t agree more. This year as we unwrapped our gifts I was struck by how it didn’t matter what was in the boxes and bags. The loves of my life sitting around that tree with me, that was the real gift. Happy New Year, Lee!

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