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