Sunday, November 16, 2014

Stop and Smell the Candy Canes.....

I have to admit that when I first started the Elf on the Shelf at my house, it was mostly for me.  I loved the reactions that the kids had to seeing him in all different situations.  Those first posts were pretty basic and not super creative but now that they are a little older (7 & 8) it's even more fun.  They send him emails at smartytheelf@gmail.com and tell him things that are on their mind.  Sometimes they share things with the elf that they wouldn't necessarily share with me.  

Our family, like many others, has had some especially rough times this year.  My husband is an avid cyclist and was severely injured when he was struck by a car in June.  During a CT scan to evaluate his broken pelvis they found a cancerous mass on his adrenal gland that has metastasized to his bones.  Our entire life has been thrown into complete chaos and Christmas seems to be the one thing that gives us hope and the chance for renewal.  

As I begin to prep and brainstorm for this years' Elf shenanigans I am reminded that every day is a gift and every day needs a little magic from the North Pole, where all things are possible.  

As this Holiday season approaches and you feel bogged down by your commitments and school programs and parties and gift buying and family get togethers I hope you will take the time to stop and smell the candy canes.  Enjoy your family even when they drive you crazy.  Enjoy the excitement of your children.  Enjoy this beautiful life.  Enjoy every single day.  









Wednesday, December 25, 2013

See you next year!!

Tonight is the last night for Smarty to be with our family.  A new year brings new hopes and dreams and many new journeys.   May the spirit of the holiday season fill your home for the year to come.
love, Smarty



Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Girlfriend, you've done enough........

It's snowing here today and really feels like Christmas.  There's so much anticipation of the day.  The kids are bouncing off the walls......already planning what time they'll wake up tomorrow.  Once it gets down to the final day before the holiday I often find myself wondering if I have done enough.  I mean, the presents are wrapped, the food is made, the laundry.....well, the laundry is never done.  What I wonder is if I have gone a whole entire day without nagging the kids about doing their reading or getting homework done or dammit can you please stop fighting for one minute with your brother/sister?  Have I grumbled at my husband too much because I have a thousand and one things going through my head and I can't possibly find the one pair of pants he needs this very minute?  Have I made enough Christmas memories with my kids?  

This is the time of year when I feel overwhelmed as a mom, a wife, an employee, a volunteer.  I am always wondering if I have done enough.  Then this morning I was looking back through my photo stream I saw these silly happy faces and realized that I may not have done everything I wanted, but I have done enough and girlfriend, you have too.  

Enjoy your holiday.  Make memories.  Keep smiling.





Wrap it up!!!


Smarty made it on down to Wrappinville to get some last minute gifts wrapped.  
He is a HUGE fan of Saturday Night Live, and loved the skits this past weekend.