Monday, January 7, 2013

Back To Life

We are back to normal today. Asher went back to school and the normal full work week started again for Brandon. It's just the girls and I during the day again.
I have mixed feelings on this. I am happy for our normal routine to be back, but I really enjoyed our life completely off schedule and partying every night until the wee hours.
And by partying, I mean watching lots of movies and shows till late at night, eating popcorn loaded with butter and ranch seasoning and sleeping until 10 am.
Basically gaining 10 lbs.
And getting hooked on Duck Dynasty.

I didn't plan on being "away" for so long but it's just how it happened. I really wanted to enjoy the time off with the my little family, knowing it would be gone way too fast.

But, I've realized how much this blog has become many things... one of them being a memory keeper for me and for my kids one day. I want to be a better steward of that part of it. Of keeping the memories written for them to read one day. Writing for them more.

It was honestly one of my most favorite Christmases. I don't know how to pin point what was different. I think it started with me. In my heart. Thats where it all starts after all. And as a mom and wife, I have the power to sort of steer the direction of everyone elses hearts and attitudes with my own. That weighed heavy on me and I was very aware of it.

I started out really purposeful to take the month of December in. To not let it rush by. To let certain things go. To do all the things I wanted to do to enjoy it, and not be disappointed if it didn't happen. Thats big for me. I always have huge expectations for how things will go, or how I think they will go, and when they don't happen that way, I get disappointed.

BUT, recognizing that about myself recently has been major. And really helped me enjoy these couple of weeks even more. Without expectations or grand scenarios set up in my head, they all played out perfectly without me.
Imagine that.

We did Christmas different this year inspired by something I read from Emily. Starting out the month, I talked to each of the kids about how we would do things.  Instead of lists a mile long of things they'd get tired of in a week, they each would get something to wear, something to read, something they wanted and something they needed....With a few extra unexpected surprises too.  

It set the tone for how the rest of our Christmas went. It truly set our hearts free to focus on what the season is about. That is what I have always wanted for my kids. To be blessed, well taken care of and provided for, but aware and focused on why we are here and who we live for, and of the others around us too. I think that is easy to maintain sometimes.
But it's possible and I am learning how to make it so in our family. Emphasis on the word learning, because we all make mistakes and I'm definitely no different.

Christmas morning we had chocolate chip pancakes and opened presents and took our time. It felt so good to take our time. We spent the rest of the day playing with our new things and then went to my grandmas that afternoon to celebrate Christmas with my side.

The first week of the break was packed with one party after the next. It was a ton of fun, but also pretty exhausting. By the time New Years week came we were ready to chill out at home. Instead of going anywhere, we stayed home that night. We loaded up on junk food at Target and then headed home for the night.

We watched movies and stayed up to watch the ball drop in Times Square on tv. Mia was the only one who didn't last. The other two were wired until after 12. I can't imagine why....maybe it was the pound of sugar they each had??


This last week was really needed for me as a mom. It was restful, but also filled with a ton of family time. The kind that bonds us together stronger. The kind that helps us through the busier times where we don't get to spend tons of time together. Asher and Bella were inseperable...I mean, don't get me wrong, they had their moments of getting on eachothers nerves and needed seperation {aka time outs alone} but seeing them play so well together was good for my mama heart. Especially since this has been a big year of change for Asher as he gets older. That they can still play silly games and laugh uncontrollably together makes me one happy mama.

It's always a little sad to see the holidays end. The tree comes down and the eating whatever you want extravangaza comes to an end. But by the time it's all over, I'm ready for it to be. I feel like we fully enjoyed our time off and now we are ready for routine to kick back in.

Also there is so much to look forward to for this year. I can feel it in my spirit that this will be a year to remember for us. 

There is a ton I want to heart is sort of overflowing with so much.
Which for me, means this year is already starting differently than it ended.
More on that to come.
I hope you all enjoyed your Holidays!

Much Love


  1. I love your writing style and how it is now more for them, your kids and later on down the road. You make me so excited to be a mom because I feel like you do it 'right' with a strong focus on faith and family. Love learning these lessons from you now. Can't wait to see what the new year blesses y'all with!

    1. well thank you Lauren you are super sweet. I definitely don't do it "right" all of the time. I definitely make my mistakes and I am definitely in need of grace every day. but I am definitely always striving to learn and move forward too ;)
      thanks for your encouragement. you will make an awesome mom one day.

  2. I call it the post-Christmas hangover. Real life sets back in, the weather is cold and often dreary (at least here in New England), and the holidays are over. Now what? Back to reality. I miss hanging out with my husband and son and living like vagabonds. Although I know 'the real world' can't resemble the week between Christmas and New Years, I find myself missing it greatly. And the fact that I can neglect personal hygiene in favor of pajama days. I'm glad your holidays were everything you hoped for!

  3. Laura, I'm so glad your back. I think I sent you an email but I am sure you took some time of from that too! Looks like you had a wonderful CHristmas! I was happy to see your smiling face again!

    xoxoxoxo hanna

  4. It sounds like you had a truly wonderful Christmas break, full of family and joy. Just how it should be! I am missing our Christmas break too, back to the real world with 'things' to do, but that's what makes it all so special, not getting those moments everyday. Makes us treasure them more in a way.

  5. Popcorn with ranch seasoning?? Oh my gosh, that sounds delicious!! I've never heard of that before.
    I'm glad your time away was so fulfilling!
    I can't get over how cute all of your little kiddos are!

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