With Christmas just a few weeks away our house is full of excitement. We have the tree up and decorated, at least the top half still is (life with toddlers lol), the lights are up outside, and a few presents have been wrapped and placed under the tree. This year will be fun. Last year Big Al and Elmo were only two so they did not fully understand the concept of opening up gifts and Baby girl was just a few months old and slept through most of the activities. But this year, this year they are excited just like their older siblings. The look on their face yesterday morning when they came down the stairs and saw a few gifts under the tree was priceless. I have spent most of my day keeping them away from the tree and the presents. It’s been an all day job but I count it all joy.
Diva and Wildman have been working hard on their memory verses from church and they are excited for their upcoming school parties this week. Around the house we have been preparing for our family that will be making the trip down Christmas day and I have also done a little crying knowing there are some I won’t be seeing this year. I have tried my best to stay positive and upbeat about the Christmas season but some days I fail miserably. I miss home, however our new normal is becoming somewhat easier.
We drove the little loves over to look at the lights at the track about a month ago. Over two million lights in creative displays allowed their imaginations to wonder. There was a display for the twelve days a Christmas, a display honoring the aquarium, a display of NASCAR racers, several different Santa’s, the boys favorite by far the dinosaur display, and of course my favorite the beautiful nativity display. As we drove through the kids giggled and smiled the whole way. Making memories with my babies.
Remembering how much they enjoyed that I thought it would be fun to drive around our area looking at houses in all their Christmas glory. We loaded up and took off. We did see a few houses here and there that had lights up outside or had the huge blowup Santa or Rudolph in their yard, but I quickly realized that people don’t decorate like they use to. So we made a game of it. We had two teams. On our right was team Diva and Big Al. On our left team Wildman and Elmo. Baby girl was just happy to be in the car. As we drove around if one of the kids yelled out “Lights over here” in time for the other kids to see them that team got a point. They had the best time yelling out about the lights so much fun we lost count of the points. I love it when they all get along, with five those moments of peace don’t happen as often as I would like.
There is something magical about Christmas lights. They bring such joy to both kids and adults. Simple Joy. I love the way baby girls eyes twinkle when she is looking at the tree. I love the smiles on the boys faces as they take turns each night to turn on the outside lights. For a few weeks out of the year all is bright and sparkling. I love Christmas lights. Always have. I think back to my childhood and remember my grandparents trees and the drives home from visits there. The houses along the roads were always decorated. Kids these days don’t get to experience lights like that. So we will always have outside lights, next here I will be sure to have more. I don’t care if we are the only house in the neighborhood that does.
Christmas is a time for celebrating. We rejoice in the fact Our Savior was born. Yes my kids beleive in Santa but they know the real reason for the season it Jesus. We will open up gifts that Santa leaves and we will also eat cake that says “Happy Birthday Jesus” We will be with each other and rejoice in the ultimate gift we have been given, God’s only son.
I want to take this time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and to say thank you. I thank you for taking an interest in our story. That’s truly all my blog is about. If you read it every time I post or if you just stumbled across it day I thank you. I thank you for allowing a simple girl like me vent and share my daily adventures with my little loves. I am looking forward to what 2017 holds for this site and for my book (who knows maybe 2017 will be the year it is finished) I am thankful for all that God has blessed me with and that includes YOU!!!
From our beautiful chaos to yours enjoy the daily gifts God provides. Dance in the rain, laugh with your kids, and sparkle like Christmas lights. Life is good when you choose happiness.