JMJ *I know it is difficult to just get through the day sometimes, with all of the housework, and other things to take care of. But it is completely worth it to carve out a little time alone, especially this time of year, to spend with those special people in our lives. Make it a bonding experience. I do feel somewhat guilty, as I get to participate in every outing!
Every day for 16 days, you will find little things which are inexpensive, involve little to no preparation, for family and close friends to enjoy together. Although a few ideas might be added to your Christmas bucket list, these are mostly traditional ideas that have a timeless quality to them.
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Ways to Savor the Season 9/16
Every year, around the holidays, I try to treat each child to a one-on-one special holiday outing. Of course, I don’t leave out my husband on this one. A few ideas I have used from the past include: a lunch or dinner at a favorite restaurant, a mall trip to find something special, brunch at a tea house, bookstore browsing, or sharing a special treat at the coffee house. My girls love it.
We have 3 kids. If you have more, maybe you can extend time the time to accomplish this, or start right after Thanksgiving.
If you have little ones, simpler activities at home can accomplish the same thing. Maybe hot cocoa with mom, a stroll through the neighborhood, or baking a favorite recipe together.
I know it is difficult to just get through the day sometimes, with all of the housework, and other things to take care of. But it is completely worth it to carve out a little time alone, especially this time of year, to spend with those special people in our lives. Make it a bonding experience. I do feel somewhat guilty, as I get to participate in every outing!
On the Homefront… Ring the School Bell 70/180 Days
Sabrina is feeling reasonably better today, and so she attended her last class at the College of the Canyons. UCLA wants their college application turned in by midnight, Friday, so I figured I should help her work on that. She re-recorded a couple of pieces for the music part of the application. It was time to upload the music, and the file size was apparently too large to upload. Oh, what to do! There was no option to split it up into more than one file. I called the college but frustratingly didn’t receive the help I really needed.
My computer was still drying out from the water spilling on it yesterday, so I worked on John’s new laptop, trying to condense the music file, researching options and advice on the internet. Somewhere, I got sucked into the internet vortex and worked hours on this project, finishing up around 5 am, and utterly exhausted. At one point I was getting responses to my queries in German. What? That’s when I decided to call it quits and go to bed.
Sabrina also stayed up a good part of the night to complete a lovely 500-word essay on why she was pursuing music, an item to attach to the UCLA application. Oh, to have a school counselor who could have helped us through this music application. That would have been grand. It evolved to be a most interesting night. It took a while for the music to upload, so in between, I took advantage and did laundry, tidied up the house, and assembled 40 Christmas party “crackers’ (paper tubes filled with candy) for the Christmas Around the World celebration I was co-hosting on Friday.
In a moment of apparent weakness, a few weeks ago, I had also offered to steam European-style Christmas pudding for the Christmas Around the World celebration, which I steamed the whole night long. What was I thinking? Before retiring at 5am, I posted numerous signs around the house warning the rest of the household not to wake me up until 11am, for any reason whatsoever!
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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is part of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs. Every day’s blog entry coincides with a day from that special year. It can be read from the beginning by selecting the “Ring the School Bell 180” category on the side bar. Commence with the narrative, “The School Bell- What comes to mind when ‘you’ hear that bell?”
Start here to get the story from the very beginning:
Follow along with us day-by-day through the school year. Hope you will join us!
May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine. Annette