All over the place.

It sure seems like lately that my eyes, ears and mind are in a million places at once. I am constantly watching, listening and thinking about what my kids are doing at this moment. It must just be the stage my kids are at right now. 

The house gets really quiet….. quick where’s Conner? What is he into now. Oh it’s okay, he’s just playing with a roll of toilet paper in the bathroom.DOH! Mom I can’t get the lamp to work, my toy needs new batteries,Watch me Mom, Mom, Mommy…..

I  hear myself say…. I’ll be right there….. so much I think it is my motto. In a minute, Just a second, Hold on a moment, I’ll help you as soon as I can. These phrases come out of my mouth so much my head is starting to spin. Huh I really do sound like a broken record.

It seems like life is so busy right now, but I’m really not sure why. We aren’t doing any soccer or ball, or swimming or music lessons, I don’t work outside the home, I’m not a gardener ( I leave that to my sister-in-Law) so why do I feel so crazy????

Could it be that my newly walking son is into EVERYTHING the second I turn my back… I think so. He “helps” with the groceries and laundry and “organizing” my DVD’s. Plus my four year old wants to show me everything she can do now that she’s a big girl. And she wants to do the same things her older sister does, even if she is a bit too little. She recently decided to go for a “run” with me…. which I agreed to because hey it’s cute she wants to do what I’m doing. Boy I’ve never run on the spot so much outside of a gym. LOL. Her ten seconds of running made for a very nice leisurely stroll for me.

Ahhh yes the sacrifices we make for our family. Seems like this is the most time I’ve had to myself in a month and I really haven’t done a million things this month, at least I don’t think I have…. Oh my.


Christmas 2012

Well I finally feel like it’s  Christmas time. The Tree is up, the carols are playing in the background, Christmas gifts are being wrapped, and Family gatherings have begun. This past weekend we spent two wonderful days with family. Good food, good people,good news and great memories.

As I have gotten older, I really cherish that part of Christmas. The gathering’s, the family traditions, the giving. Yes, I really enjoy finding a great gift and giving more then receiving. I am in the process of trying to teach my eldest daughter just that. And I am also learning that giving does not mean spending lots of money. Sometimes a simple homemade gift or baking is just as nice, if not better, cause it was made with love.  Giving of our time is also a wonderful thing, like some of my family did last week. We helped sort Shoeboxes at the Wearhouse in Calgary for Samaritan’s Purse. Giving our time to this charity felt wonderful, it certainly helped put me in the Christmas mood.

This Christmas will be a first for our baby boy, so that’s always exciting. This year we get to share the joy with our growing family and Christmas with kids is very joyful. It’s the joy in their eyes I look forward to on Christmas morning. Being able to spend the day with my Family, just like I did with my own family as a kid,  means so much to me and this year is special again. I hope that I can pass on the importance of family to my own children.

Now I’ll admit that this time of year brings some stress too. Busy-ness, Sickness, Finances, End of the year just to name a few. Busy-nes; Trying to fit everything in, visiting and shopping, baking, decorating etc… can get a bit hectic. So trying to slow things down and enjoy the moments helps. This year for us seems more relaxed and I will enjoy that I think. It will allow us to think about what Christmas is really all about and try to bring that out more. Sickness; Winter is flu season, and our house has had it twice. It’s hard to get things done when you are tired and cant stop sneezing from that silly cold. My Poor Husband.  Finances; I don’t think I need to say much about this one, but that every year I try to spend less on gifts. Still it can be a stressful time on your bank account. End of Year; Christmas means the year is almost done, and a new one around the corner. Sometimes that is good, sometimes it is bad. I lately have been thinking about all the things that didn’t get done this year, and how nice it would be to do one more project before 2013 rolls around. Oh well, so instead I’ll focus on Christmas 2012. For the next two weeks, I’m going to go easy on my self, do what I can, and just enjoy what the season has to bring.  Family Dinners, visit’s with friends, parties and Christmas Concerts. It’s going to be a wonderful Christmas season.

Plus, I’ve perfected my crockpot yam recipe, and my mom has requested it for Family Christmas. That’s really neat. Boy I’ve come along way this year. Here’s to a Merry Christmas to everyone and to growth and Joy in 2013.  May God bless your home and your heart. From all of Us here at the Duquette house.