Hanukkah is Finally Over
YESSSS!!! I feel mostly past the “do things in preparation” stage and into the “actually enjoy the holiday” part of the season. Hooray! I told Josh I felt like we were limping to the finish line. But at least we’ve arrived. (No DNF like we basically had in 2020!)
Both of us would love a few days to “do nothing” but honestly, that is probably not going to happen for a long time. We are just not in the “do nothing” stage of life. But I am excited to generally do less for a couple of weeks. Even with some travel I think it will be generally relaxing. And I won’t be in the office doing clinical work until January 3rd! That is a nice long break and in fact probably the longest I will take for years (I need to watch my vac balance because it’s getting precariously low).
Things I want to pay attention to:
- SLEEP. I feel like this will be such a nice stretch to get enough sleep. The kids are a bit older AND the weather is cooler so I don’t necessarily have to run at the crack of dawn right now. I really want to feel rested at the end of this break.
- FOCUS. In my Media Manifesto I outlined some habits I want to change and I have already started working on them. I am going to try to stay on track and practice really good digital hygiene (is that a thing? I mean not distracting myself with ‘checks’, going to scroll, etc) over these two weeks. Thus far I have been tracking my media which is kind of interesting!
- STUFF. I have mentioned decluttering a lot without a lot of progress to show for it. But on the days I have at home, I am so ready to dive in. Since we are headed to PHL, I am motivated to bring toys/clothing for my niece who is the perfect hand-me-down age.
Past weekend . . .
Now after going forward, a brief look back because last weekend was great!
The Nutcracker was really fun. We drove down in rainy gross weather in two cars (because Josh and Cameron went to a Miami Heat game that night!!) but it was worth it. The kids really enjoyed it too. G got a little antsy towards the end (and I should have brought a snack!) but everyone survived. They all kept singing the music afterwards.
G’s bday party (Sunday) also went really well. We did it at the gymnastics gym where A+G go, so that felt nice and familiar. It was a smaller group (we just invited the Kindergarten portion of her class + 2 other friends – maybe 15 total came?) and I felt like the parents seemed really relaxed too. Cake was an ice cream cake from DQ.
We also had a family Hanukkah party at Josh’s parents, and now everyone has way too many presents. Finally – this school picture came home with G. I can’t figure out why she looks 10 here. Maybe it’s the teeth (my kids are early tooth losers, esp both girls).