Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Greetings

     Okay, so maybe I've been really lax on the blog posts lately, but I promise it's only because I've been silly busy (who hasn't?).  And that's basically what this post is about -- being chronically busy.  Don't get me wrong, I'm under no illusions that once all three of my kids are in full-day school things will be much better.  I have plenty of friends who've disabused me of that notion and I realize that things will only get crazier, although in different ways.

We found our Christmas tree!
     It's not even that my kids are over-scheduled or anything; I've made a conscientious effort to limit them to one extra-curricular activity per child.  Emerson is loving piano thanks to a brilliant teacher and Stella looks forward to her dance class each week with sparkling eyes, taking extra care to choose the perfect leotard-leggings combo.  Atticus has chosen the full-time pursuit of high-speed, adorable, chatty destruction (think of a talking tornado with curls and ridiculously long eyelashes).  Sure Emerson has homework, but his teacher truly understands what is an appropriate amount for first grade.  And Stella insists on her own "homework" projects while Emerson does his.
     Of course Tad and I have our little endeavors, too, like running/working out and yes that little thing called a bishopric calling.  But looking at that list and thinking of what my friends accomplish, I wonder why my "busy" takes up the whole day (and well into the night) without so much as a minute to catch my breath.  If I sit down at all by 9:30 at night lately, I feel extremely fortunate (and I should clarify that it's more of a collapse than a sit down).
     But do you know what the truly amazing part is?  I love the chaos.  No, I'm not wishing for more on my plate, but I really don't quite want to remove anything from that plate either.  I feel like just about everything we're involved in is important and satisfying in some way.  And so at Christmas time, as this chaos is more intense than any other time of year, I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas -- from my whirlwind to yours!