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Merry Christmas!

It’s Christmas morning and the presents are already unwrapped.

The cookies for Santa are gone, the new toys are already in play and the waffles made by Mad Dog already eaten.

Things start early on Christmas day when your kids are young.

We had some new traditions and kept some old.

on our way to Christmas Eve dinner at a Japanese Steakhouse.


the official reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' in our Superman pjs


two very excited brothers get ready to sleep in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would appear.

T.Puzzle announced that ‘Jinker Bells’ was his favorite holiday song.

Full Speed summed up his Christmas Eve experience at church as ‘good AND boring’.  It was good because he made a lot of new friends and it was boring because he had to keep ‘standing up the WHOLE time!’

For the introspective lot such as myself, it is a time of reflection.

Some of it sad, like missing loved ones you’d like to have near and most of it glad because of the loved ones you do have with you on this special day.

Mad Dog shows off his new office art.

Life is like a Christmas tree. 

Compared to others it may not be the tallest or the brightest.  It may not have the most presents or look exactly the way you want it.

If you embrace it for exactly what it is and appreciate how special it is because it is the only one you have, then maybe, just maybe you will realize that you have the tree and the life you were meant to have.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

7 thoughts on “Merry Christmas!”

  1. sounds like an ideal Christmas morning for a household with 2 young boys! we had waffles, too, cooked on Jim’s parents’ viintage waffle iron… plug it in, it is ON, no dials, no on/off switch, the old cloth covered cord, kitchen fire in the making 🙂 But the waffles were great! mike is here….and just so you know….even when they are 29 and 6 feet tall with a full beard, it is wonderful when they come down the stairs on Christmas morning. And the 32 year old calls you at 830 am to wish you Merry Christmas from afar cuz he is with the love of his life. It is all good as we are blessed with so many fortunate events in our lives. The struggles are all part of it…thinking otherwise is delusional. It is only in the last few years I have been able to see this. Our chats help with the seeing. love you, have a wonderful week of playing with the news toys. xo

    1. love your comment. It helps to know that the ever changing world of motherhood, growing boys and distances they will eventually divide us, that there is still much to look forward to and to be thankful for. Thank you for helping me see that and for accepting what is, and for showing me that letting go of what cannot be changed is the only way to live.

  2. Hope you had a great Christmas! Small crowd at the Kelm Christmas this year, but somehow we ended up with what looked like more food! 🙂

    1. We had an awesome Christmas, hope yours was good, too! And, the Kelm’s are famous for their food. Even if it seemed like a lot of food, I bet it was delicious.

  3. I hope you guys had a wonderful Christmas 🙂 Eric and I experienced our first Christmas with our niece and nephew jumping for joy that Santa had come to the house 🙂 it was really magical.

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