2. GreetingsGod made himself small so that we could understand him, welcome him, love him... Christmas has become the Feast of gifts in imitation of God who has given himself to us. Let us allow our heart, our soul, and our mind to be touched by this fact! - Pope Benedict XVI
Growing up, my mom used two of the door ways in the main hallway downstairs to hang up all the Christmas cards. I would love to stand around and look at the beautiful images, read the update letters, look at the photos, and grill my mom on who people were that I didn't recognize. At our home, I only have one small door that works for this, my pantry door in the kitchen. I love getting Christmas cards - and I even got several from blogging friends, which is always fun!
There have been so many festivities over this Christmas season. The males in my life are exhausted (both of these pictures were taken just moments ago).
4. Speaking of Joe...
Oh my goodness, is this guy growing like crazy or what?! He's outgrown all of his newborn sized clothes (obviously), and is already too long for many of his 0-3m clothing! And I've had to move out to the second snap on his Fuzzi Bunz.
I can't even describe how precious, how moving, it was to celebrate Christmas this year with an infant son. I thought about doing a blog post about that, but I think it's something I'd rather just keep close to my heart. It was a wonderful blessing.
How are you ringing in the New Year? Any great goals or resolutions?
I don't set resolutions. But, I do have some goals I'd love to meet this year, one being to read X number of books. Any book suggestions? Any suggestions on how many books to read? I still haven't decided. I'm a fast reader, but realistically, I'm not so great at reading while holding a nursing baby - and let's face it, that's what I'll be doing for the bulk of 2012.
We also start P90X on Monday. That timing has more to do with healing post-baby than the new year, but it's a great time to start because everyone and their mom is pinning great healthy recipes and inspiration on Pinterest. I guess I had better hurry up and eat all the Christmas candy. heh
Another goal I have is to carve myself a niche somewhere in the house, a place I can go to escape, read said books, nurse the baby, and enjoy a cup of coffee and a Magnificat. The location of my living room causes everyone to wake up if they hear me stirring, which is no bueno. It makes me a better mom and wife - which is better for everyone who is stuck here with me all day.
I thought about posting on these 20 Questions for Reflection on 2011, but I think I'll just journal them. I thought it was a neat list though.
6. And now-
The excitement of Christmas, New Years, and my birthday (I'm about to turn 29 - eeeeek! I remember my mom's 29th birthday!) will be over soon. I naturally turn my thoughts to Spring and Summer, which doesn't really fly with the long winter that is yet ahead. This year I'm going to try to embrace it, and to try, *try* to cut out my whining. I can't make any guarantees if it snows the last weekend of May again though. Anyway, our wood stove is finally fully installed, we got a bunch of new games for Christmas, and I have plans to spend afternoons with the girls reading aloud and listening to them read. We were the very lucky recipients of a membership to the local Children's Museum for Christmas (THANK YOU!), so that will give us somewhere fun to go during the winter months ahead.
I'd love any tried and true suggestions for getting through the winter months!
7. Head, Heart, Hands
I stumbled upon this wonderful blog recently that has renewed my enthusiasm for homeschooling, which is great because we're back to school on Monday. Today, she posted a lovely post that got me thinking, and I thought I might share HERE. I liked this Head, Heart, Hands concept she suggested, and I think we naturally tackle the first two without a problem. It was the "hands" that made me want to explore further - my girls would love to work on some of the ideas she mentioned, and I'm thinking naptime in the afternoons would be the perfect slot. I'd just have to be very intentional, well prepared, and maybe a bit more energetic. Anyway, it's something I would really like to think about further.
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