The first step is always admitting you have a problem, right? Right.
Maybe that is the reason I have been feeling much more balanced and calm. First, I had to admit I had a problem. My problem was that I wanted a picture perfect Christmas. The problem with that is that THERE IS NO PICTURE PERFECT CHRISTMAS. So, after I wrote all about my failure I was free to move on with less expectations. When you have four smallish children less expectations are always good.
I did not have high expectations when we took the kids to Cabela's on Saturday. I did not think we would be able to get Grace to sit on Santa's lap without her screaming her little head off so it was a pleasant surprise when she fought back her tears. And after Santa gave her a candy cane she actually sat on his lap and smiled! Kind of.
I didn't even think about being able to finish the Christmas shopping, but while the kids and I played in the tents Todd was able to complete the shopping for the kids. Woot woot!
It was a nice weekend, overall. The weather was warm enough on Sunday for the kids to play outside all day and for a nice long run for me. After a relaxing shower I got to watch the Packers trounce the Raiders and go to 13-0. Yowsa! Todd and I celebrated the win with some Pud Thai after the kids went to bed. Fabulous way to end a lovely weekend.
Maybe the key to a wonderful holiday isn't finding balance, maybe the key is keeping my expectations extremely low. ;)