On the other side of Christmas but not quite near the time for beginning a New Year… I’m feeling so much freedom to relax and wiggle out of a constraining schedule…I’ve untied the tether to my computer for a few days. I am enjoying books, crafts, movies, time in the kitchen with my family, and of course getaways to the barn.
We aren’t a family that has set traditions, and if we do it is because they are fun and everyone wants to repeat the joy. The boys all went shopping together last Friday to purchase gifts for everyone in the family, they hid their things and wrapped them up and put them under the tree after Kira went to bed. Their favorite part about Christmas is giving the gifts to each other and to Craig and I. We used to do that as a family when they needed assistance at the store. But now they can manage this project on their own and they have learned the joy of giving. Otherwise, Christmas here is a grab bag. The boys wore their tall crazy socks and Christmas boxers all day long. In fact when they asked if they could wear them to the Christmas ham dinner, I shrugged and said why not? The pizzelles are the favorite baked item so that’s all I made this year. I can’t remember a time I didn’t make fudge, but it never really occurred to me this year. My thighs will thank me. I don’t have a sense that Christmas should be perfect, and I should force in all the things we have ever done before. I think letting it roll is just fine.
I had so much fun watching Kira enjoy her new princess attire and toys. She loves her new dolls and play food and finds great joy in cuddling up for a movie with one of us. Mostly she likes to practice her hospitality skills by serving us all delicious plastic food and imaginary tea. I can’t get enough of her goodness.
I love the relaxed family time and it is even nice to let my emails sit in their box for a few days. Mama Tonya can take a break too. The children in Uganda have had their first Christmas together. They put up a tree, made decorations, and had a special chicken dinner together. Some of them went back to their relatives for a couple days. Those who had fear about returning were welcome to stay with Julie and Robert in our home. It was interesting to allow the children to decide if they wanted to return or not. We still have so much to learn about their past that these decisions will help us understand what is still buried in their hearts.
My biggest problem today is that Kira is going to be so angry when we put away the Christmas tree. She loves it and requires the lights to be on constantly. I think we’ll send her off with dad somewhere like Costco where she can eat pizza. Then we’ll make a mad dash to have the whole tree disappear before she returns. We’ll act innocent and say it comes back at Christmas time. She won’t be happy. Her pointer finger will extend and she’ll begin bossing us to find the tree. It is shocking to see how much a little girl wants to practice being in charge.
I hope you are all enjoying some relaxing family time together. Very soon I’m going to put aside my movies and get in gear for the new year. I love the energy I get from starting a fresh year, new projects, and setting goals. But today I am going to play with my children and my animals, make a pot of ham and bean soup from the hambone and perhaps finish knitting a sweater for Kira. Yup, it’s going to be a fine day.
(all the photos were taken with my iphone… I have yet to perfect my technique with it but it is handy in the moment when my heavy camera isn’t set just right and a baby is moving out of the photo op in a blink)