The holidays are a tough time for a lot of people. I'm starting to understand why.
Family dynamics are tough to deal with, especially when they don't go exactly the way that you would prefer. I've been doing a lot of reflection about this and trying to make the time to really enjoy the joys of the holidays and to leave behind some of the grudges and unhappiness I've been carrying around. I've decided that I don't have room in my life for negativity and will try to be positive in my approach. Easier said than done, but I know the payoff will be worth it. I guess I could go on and on about all of the "issues", but its probably not necessary. Anyone with a family probably understands.
That being said, it will be a very busy holiday season for us. We are traveling to the in-laws for Christmas, and then back home where my family is coming to visit. There will be lots of toddlers and new toys around at both places. Is this a good mix? I think we are going to hear the word "NO!" alot (both from the babes and us). Hopefully everyone will be able to relax and have a good time. I'm really looking forward to it.
Now that I'm writing about it, I feel nostalgic for last christmas....my Baby's First Christmas. He has grown so much since then. He really loved the paper and ribbons last year....I wonder how this year will be different? I don't think he will really get caught up in the season until next year, but it will be fun to see how he reacts. Here's a shot that I love from last year:
I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday.