So, we woke up on the morning of our Christmas in June and tried to knock out as many of these as possible- we had an awesome day!
The favorite highlights were listening to Christmas music all day, decorating Christmas cookies, and watching "Elf" as a family before bedtime.
The daily grind of parenting can be mundane sometimes- I often feel like I spend most (or all) of my day diapering, pottying, making meals, eating meals, or trying to get people to actually EAT the meals. A colleague once told me, early in my parenting, that the days are long and the years are short with your kids. I now believe that's one of the wisest things I've ever been told (Thanks, Shannon!).
Sometimes I look at my watch and can't believe how many hours my kids have already been up (Nolan and Judah were deer watching out a window into the backyard this morning at 6:30 am) or how far it is away from bedtime (how am I possibly going to entertain these troops for another three hours?!).
Then, the next thing I know, I am completely dumbfounded that I have two four-year-olds and a two-year-old because I just took them home from the hospital a minute ago.
Even though the days may seem long at times, I know how fast all of this, my life with little humans, is flying. That's why, through all those routine-type activities, I've tried to condition myself to look for and capitalize on opportunities for a little something weird, different, strange, or exciting to sprinkle into our days together at home. Events that can hopefully start traditions or make memories my boys will always have in their hearts.
Creating some out-of-the-ordinary days or experiences are one of my most favorite things to do! I hope as my boys grow, they continue to love adventures, explorations, and taking opportunities to make the mundane and light it up with joy as much as they do right now.
Next year, on June 25th, we will certainly celebrate Chtistmas' half birthday again. I'll be grateful to give an encore performance and grateful for another opportunity to make memories with my boys.