Tuesday, October 19, 2010

What lives in your head?

I wish I could blog every day. I have so much to say. Sometimes I do really well but then something comes along and knocks me off course, just a little, and then it’s really hard to get back to where I started.

Fall is not my favorite time of year, it always makes me a little sad. Summer is gone, warm days are behind us. No more yard work, walks in the sun, lunches in the park with my girl and her friends.

Then I realize Christmas is coming!! Oh someone help me! I already have several Christmas and baby gifts completed. I can’t wait to decorate the house. This will be a year for new traditions. Mo is getting older, in such a hurry to leave the nest and spread her wings so this year we are coming up with traditions that she can take with her but we can still share.

We are already coming up with new things. One thing we’ve started a few years ago is Mo and Ivy’s dysfunctional family Christmas party. It’s my favorite thing. This year we are going to expand it a little so that in the years to come, as Mo gets married and creates her own family, this will be a tradition at Mom’s that is separate from Christmas Day. I can’t wait for this year’s party.

This is also the year that I work on teaching Mo how to make all the traditional fixings that go with the holiday dinners. I thought stuffing came out of a box and yams out of a can for years, I know better now, thank you Trina.  My baby will make the Thanksgiving turkey this year, she gets to decide which method to use and that’s what we’ll do.

I also don’t believe that I’ve done enough to instill in her that Christmas is a time for giving, and not just to people you know. I know I should have done more to that end when she was younger but she was my only child, it was so easy to give and give and give. We have done the Angel tree in the past and we do Sub for Santa every year and I hope those are things she continues with her family one day. This year we are also going to do shoe boxes for Christmas, not just Mo and I, but her friends as well. We all have so much, we can give back much more than we do.

I’m trying to plan the holidays this month. Next month I am participating in the NaNoWriMo. A 175 page novel in 30 days. I’m sure I won’t have much time to blog but hopefully, you will want to hear all about it when I do find time. So although my posts will be sporadic, I still read everything you write and look forward to it.

Also any ideas for holiday traditions that Mo and I can start as she moves into adulthood would be very welcome!


  1. What are shoeboxes for Christmas? Nice post...alot of great ideas! If I didn't have 3 kids, a needy spouse and a puppy...well, I might try some of these "giving" things!

  2. I wondered how many pages 50,000 words would work out to! How'd you figure that out???

    I wouldn't worry too much about Mo if I were you. I know for sure she has the best mom in the world! If mommy-love has anything to do with it (and I'm convinced it does), then Mo will turn out just fine.

  3. My husband and I go to toy stores every year before Christmas and buy toys for the "Toys for Tots" drive. It's really fun! And buying new and pretty things for kids is always a pleasure, but doubly so when it's children in need.

    Mo cooking the turkey, huh? Good for her!

  4. I will definitely give some thought to the christmas traditions. Even though you're making me gag a little just thinking about the holidays.

    I mean, we're still mourning summer being over, right?

    No grass grows under your feet, missy!

  5. Me and the kids do 12 days of Christmas for someone that needs the help either financially, emotionally or spiritually. We get way more out of it than the recipients ever will:)


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