I am finally done with my December Daily.. and unlike past projects, I didn't feel rushed or the need to "just finish it already", This year, I really enjoyed looking at the pics with my kids and laughing hysterically and just remembering "that" day. I loved how my hubby even took the initiative to take photos with his phone knowing I would use them for my album. Most important, I enjoyed our laid back Christmas Break spending most days at home. It was nice to take a break from trying to get from Point A to B in X amount of time. This little break is what we all needed.
I will eventually stop and take photos of the rest of the pages.. but for now, I will share my last page, Day 25... probably one of my favorite layouts.. Nothing but photos + words, a simple blurred out photo of no one looking, but I managed to get all three in the frame.. but again, proof that, life goes by faster than we think...
This is the only photo I got of all three of them in the frame.. I look at it and it brings such joy to my heart. I feel extremely blessed to have them all under my roof, safe, healthy, and most off all together. The boys are getting older and with every year, the “magic” of Christmas is not what it used to be. Isabel seems to keep the “spirit” alive by always believing in the magic of the holidays. She does make this time of the year a little more exciting for me, upon seeing the excitement of Christmas morning. Although it saddens me that the boys are more excited about the fact that they don’t have school for two weeks. Witnessing such a change in their attitude towards what was once the most exciting day of their life (next to their birthdays) I realized, that time flies and your babies are not gonna "babies" for long.
I have not met many parents with the same age as our kids so I never know how to take on these holiday seasons with them.. until this past Christmas Eve, where I talked to a neighbor about her teenagers. And it felt so good to know that I wasn’t the only one who wrapped up cash for their kids and gave up trying to buy them things. They literally have more than most kids do, they have smart phones (better than mine), computers, an xbox each with their own accounts that allow them to play with others.. all of which cost.. monthly. Seriously, my boys are more fortunate they realize, so the best thing we could give them, was wrapped up in dollar bills. So, aside from the less gifts the boys had under the tree, I still enjoyed watching Izzy squeal with delight as Santa got mostly everything on her list! Still as this 15 minute fiasco ended, with nothing but gift wrapping papers on the floor, tired children who decided to go back to bed, It’s sad to think that my kids are growing up so quickly and soon I'll be sitting on my recliner celebrating a quiet Christmas with just my hubby and I. And all I'll get are Christmas cards from our kids. That’s why these December Daily Albums are so important to me, they help me really enjoy these fleeting moments with them and most of all record them, so that I can look back and remember that day like it was yesterday.
However, Christmas 2011 proved to be a tough one for me. I spent many days/nights trying to keep myself together. With news of my mother’s fight with cancer becoming more than she can bear these last few weeks.. all I could think of was flying home just to see her. But that seemed next to impossible, with no MAC flights leaving for Hawaii and with a family of my own to care for, flying back home was not gonna happen for me this holiday. So in a way, my heart was not 100% in it this year, it was filled with worry and sadness for things I simply have no control over. And with it being the Holiday season, it made it that much harder.
On a positive note, this Holiday Season, has brought a great sense of gratitude, not just for life, but for the simple moments of everyday. With a more relaxed Holiday Season this year, I was able to really enjoy being with my family and just being a mom. I really loved being able to be home with them, wake up late, play out in the snow making giant snowmen, watch movies on the sofa all night long, and putting together 1000+ piece puzzles. Weeks like this, where I am home with them, I feel so blessed to be able to stay home with them. I’m thankful for my husband who works so hard so I can continue to be there for our children. As I witness these brief moments in time, I know how precious time with my kids can be. Years from now, I want to know that I did all I could to be the best mother I could possibly be and right now, just being able to be home with them is the best way I know how, I would not trade it for the world.
I hope everyone had fun with their December Daily Album..
I have committed to another project that I think it's time I venture out to do.. The Big, Project Life... My kit should be here by Thursday. I'm more than ready...