Tuesday, November 27 2012
It doesn’t seem possible that life could have engulfed us like this; twisting us around and spitting us out the other side into late November! It’s been a true whirlwind of birthdays, holidays, and travels. Of course, the added dailiness tossed in as well; work, school programs, practices, painting (up-date on this soon), and trying to balance it all. I try to look back, about a month ago (when I lasted posted something), and I am not sure where one event stopped and another started. I have a feeling that this scenario might play out throughout our holiday season, as well. Hopefully, I will be better at documenting it, however.
In preparation of Halloween this year, beginning to feel overwhelmed, I decided (just barely), to say ‘”No” to the expectation of throwing the best costume party EVER for a third year in a row. Saying ‘No’ meant I didn’t have to entertain and feed 60 some people while most of them were souped up on sugar and about to run rapid in the streets. Containing my own wild beasts ~ or, I guess, pirates and chicken ~ was all I felt up to amid the Halloween chaos. And, I truly enjoyed the event this year, more so than I remember…well, except the year our chicken was born. Mindful of our three-year old’s Halloween birthday, we celebrated extra hard three times that week as well. I did not think my children could handle any more sugar without numerous meltdowns and bellyaches. So, on November 1st, I tore down all the Halloween decorations and declared all celebrations OVER.
And,so did the countdown to Thanksgiving…
…as did the basement painting, which ate up all of our free time (AKA when the kids are asleep) in that three-week time span.
But we ended our whirlwind in a beautiful paradise with so much to be thankful for. So, much to appreciate and so much life to soak up. So much time without schedules to keep, appointments to attend, and routines to follow. So much time to focus on the importance of smiles and being together. So much so, that computers and blog posting were farthest from my mind.
Is this place for real?
This little man was ready to explore our magical island at 5 am every morning.
From swimming with dolphins
to hunting for sea turtles,
to enjoying the multitude of colorful sandy beaches,
we packed a lot in!
And, that’s what happened to November!
I have to admit that this vacation has given me a new sense of calm; island rejuvenation of some kind. We came back feeling refreshed to conquer our routines and schedules again, for another quick four weeks, I suppose.
Bring on the holidaze!
Images: All Laura for Monkeysonmyback