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5 Days til Christmas?! What the What?! Our week before Christmas.

Does anyone else feel like Christmas just came so fast this year?  We put up our tree early this year a few weeks before Thanksgiving because it just felt right.     It's amazing how the children feel the Christmas spirit just putting ornaments on the tree and listening to Christmas music.

You know the Christmas spirit? The holy ghost that Christ sent to be with us to remember him. To know the truth of all things.  This same spirit has my children in the best spirits and were hugging each other so much while decorating the tree. Super big smiles adorned their faces. It's something I wish I saw all year round.

They've been wanting to fall asleep to Michael Buble's Christmas album (which I love and has replaced my usual Mariah Christmas album) I don't know why I'm saying album, we listen to it on Amazon.  This is 2014.   My husband is burnt out on Mariah, although I love her Christmas CD. :)

This month and week has been filled with festive events. The kids got to see Santa a few times and ask for different things every time, which kept us scrambling to try and get those gifts they asked for.   Does anyone else go into panic mode when they hear their child ask for something they didn't put on their Christmas list?  It's kind of funny.

Monday the kids got a chance to perform their Christmas numbers they have been rehearsing in their dance classes.  Clara got to do her Ballet number and Carson did his hip hop routine, which was so cute. The kids were so nervous, but they went out there and performed it anyway. I was such a proud mom! I AM a proud mom.  Watch it  HERE.

Tuesday we thought there was something going on at my sons school so my husband used his lunch hour running to his school only to find out the students were watching a performance not performing.  We are new to town so we don't know what goes on. Then my husband had meetings late at work that day so I was just worn out.  I think I went to bed around 9 that night for the first time in a very long time.

Wednesday the primary kids in our ward were going to a local nursing home to sing christmas carols, which I shamingly admit we skipped out on.   Thursday Clara had a preschool performance after school where all of the kids sang christmas songs to their parents. Do you see why I skipped Wed? I was just needing a break.

Meanwhile I have been busy sewing christmas presents for nieces and nephews, as well as trying to wrap as many presents as I can while the kids were at school.  I'm so thankful my 10 month old doesn't know what I'm doing!  I still have a few to wrap and I have no idea where I am going to hide them. Our house is so small there is literally no where to put anything.

Wednesday night we heard a knock at the door and someone had dropped a pretty significant amount of cash as well as some candies at our door.  I immediately start bawling because this time of year has been so hard on us financially. I hate our financial problems and I hate talking or thinking about it, but it never seems to go away.  Such is the life of a stay at home mom, it's not all glamour and real housewives of new jersey, york and whatever city they have that show.  When I decided to quit my nice paying job to stay home with the children I knew it wasn't going to be easy I knew we would go without and that was a sacrifice I was willing to make to be there for my children.  I am not ungrateful, I am not in any way saying woe is me, because this is what we chose and I wouldn't have it any other way.

I know it won't always be this hard as my husband works his way up in his job field but right now it's tough.  We don't expect anyone to help us, in fact I'm the type that would much rather do it myself and not ask for help.  It's not so much pride as it is, I feel it's our responsibility to take care of our family.  My husband is taking up a second job to make ends meet and hopefully save some,  which will be great.  I can also with this money purchase a business license to sell some of my crafts on Etsy and start getting paid for photography and graphic design.

I don't know who the Good Samaritan was that decided we needed the help this holiday season, but I sure hope they know how much we appreciate, how humbled and grateful we are.  How I cant wait to pay it forward when we can.  I hope that everyone can have a good samaritan in their lives and hopefully this holiday season we can think in our hearts how we can help those around us.

Within our family my husband and I have some pretty great parents who have helped us out tremendously in getting the kids things they want for Christmas. I know Christmas isn't all about the stuff and I hope I can convey that to my kids more, but kids have to have something on christmas!

Although, like that family in Utah I have reminded my children that I WILL cancel Christmas if I have to!   I was taken a back a little when I heard my 6 year old say "we won't get everything we want" as I have said that several times trying to drive home that they won't get everything on their list.  I was happy he was listening.

Last Christmas and this Christmas I remember thinking, well the kids will get one or two gifts and that will just have to be enough and every Christmas somehow it becomes more than I ever expected. I don't know why and I don't feel like we deserve it. It is truly humbling.

Phew so if you're still reading this we are blessed this Holiday season and every season. I'm hoping your Christmas season is Merry and Bright from our family to yours.   I hope we can all keep in our hearts the true meaning of Christmas and remember Christ, all that he was and is.  
May your days be merry and bright!




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P!nky said…
5 days!!! so exciting!!! Those pictures are too cute!

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