A few days before Christmas, as we rushed around, finishing off every last item on our list, I just wished for a few days at home, without anywhere to go. I looked ahead to those days after Christmas, which were completely blank on the calendar and I anticipated those days with no obligations. I wanted to stay home and just do nothing. To let my kids play all day, without loading them up to go anywhere.
Well, those days arrived and it's been exactly what we've needed, but after a couple days at home, I'm ready to move on. One thing I've loved is how well Judah and Paisley play together. They have become best friends and they can play independently for hours. But, there's also been a lot of that post Christmas attitude. You know the one, right?
Today I so desperately wanted to go out and take the kids for a hike somewhere, but Jeremiah had to work and I just don't feel comfortable taking them out by myself. I wish it was safe, but to me, it doesn't seem like it. So, instead we went to Target, because you know, if you can't hike, Target is always a good option.
I love checking out the after Christmas clearance sales. There's something fun about picking up a few new decorations or new wrapping paper and storing them away to bring out next year. I guess it softens the after Christmas letdown for me. I love tucking those unopened rolls of paper away, knowing that when I pull them out again, my kids will be 1 year older and they'll be experiencing Christmas in a new and fresh way.
Over the last few days, between finding homes for the new things, trying to ration the 1200 stickers that each of my children received from an un-named source (no one should have that many stickers, ever) and living at a slower pace, I've discovered a couple things. These things are simple, but even so, they're really sweet.
#1. Late afternoon, at sunset is the perfect time to take the kids out to ride bikes, or blow bubbles. We all bundle up and Eliza goes in the stroller. The evenings have been gorgeous and even in December, this is really perfect.
Wrapping this up with a fun little video of some 2013 Instagram moments. In just 15 seconds, this video barely touches on what an amazing year this has been. I'm forever grateful for thousands of special things that have happened throughout this year.