I am struggling this morning. Too many late nights, too many activities, too much junk food, and too much running around. I'm beginning to wear out. Wear down. My body does not want to go, go, go anymore. My body wants to sit, stay, and not move.
We are in full "Christmas rush" mode around here. This week has been a blur of activity.
Joey's basketball tournament took up every spare moment this past Friday and Saturday but luckily the kids had some time on Sunday to just enjoy being kids. I used the downtime to be grouchy and crabby and yell at everyone every chance I got. Yeah me. Luckily, the kids were able to escape to the great outdoors.
Much to the kids' delight snow finally made a stop at our house on Sunday morning. By the time we got out of church there was enough snow to play in, and play they did. The snow was falling faster and faster and the kids had a blast outside despite the very chilly temps.
But they were troopers. As if the cold weather wasn't enough to chill them to the bone they laid around in the snow eating icicles. Ah, to be young again.
As for me, I have been trying my best to stay warm. This week has been the coldest we've had in some time. The constant running here and there, in and out of the cold, has left me a frigid mess. It seems that no matter how many layers I dress myself in I still find myself shuddering and shaking, my fingertips nearly numb. Even now as I type I am wearing two layers of everything and a scarf as well and I still can't stop my body from shaking. And I'm INSIDE! It is cold, people.
I wrap my hands around my coffee and try to absorb the heat into my body. Must think warm thoughts.
My mind wanders back to last night. The kids had their annual school Christmas concert held at church. It was so much fun watching my kiddos sing their hearts out. Joey and Tommy took the job very seriously, Ben wore an impish smile the entire time, and Grace was a little charmer singing her heart out and adding in all the gestures to the music. It was such a fun night and it put me in the Christmas mood until Todd pointed out that it was the first Christmas concert that we didn't have a little one sitting in the pew with us.
Now it is back to the grind again. Tonight Joey has another basketball game. Tomorrow I have rehearsal and then a concert on Saturday. Next week is the typical school madness that comes with the last few days before Christmas break. But then! Then we are home free!
Until then I will be attempting to think warm and lovely thoughts.
What are your warm, lovely thoughts this holiday?