Our last couple weeks have been non-stop go go go. This weekend, we actually don’t have anywhere that we need to be. Sure, we need to get some Christmas shopping done. And, yes, we’ll probably make at least one trip to Target. But, we don’t have set times for anything.
It’s quite pleasant to think about.
Sometimes, with all of the running around, and must-dos, and places to go, and food to cook, and all of that….it’s easy to forget the more simple joys of the holidays. One of my favorites? Reading some of our favorite Christmas books!
The girls love reading about the Grinch year round. The Night Before Christmas is always a good idea. And, my personal favorite, The Polar Express. I still get a bit emotional when he says that eventually all of this friends stopped being able to hear the bell…..NOT FOR ME! I STILL HEAR IT!……
When I was growing up, my mom would read The Polar Express every Christmas Eve. Now, she reads it to her grandkids when we go down for family Christmas #1. (The movie weirded me out – anyone else weirded out by it?)
So, this weekend, although we do have things that we need to get done…..I am going to strive to remember to take it easy (or easy-ish), and enjoy just being together by the Christmas tree. Because that’s when some of the most special moments can happen – when we stop and take a breather and just let the magic of the holidays happen.
What are your favorite simple joys of the holidays?
Now these next items that I’m crossing off of the checklist are not actually complete. Big girl wanted to be sure that we did a lot of reading this summer and we will and are. We went to the library to get both girls signed up for the summer reading program and to check out some books and play with the puzzles and toys at the library. So, I am crossing off “Go to the library” and “Read books at home” because we’ve now done both, but we will definitely be doing both of these items several times throughout this summer.
The list thus far:
- Make lemonade.
- Eat at Big Bowl.
- Go to Millennium Park.
Go to Adler Planetarium.
Get space ice cream.
- Go to zoo.
- Go to Shedd Aquarium.
- Go bowling.
- Make banana pudding.
- Go to the splash pads downtown.
- Play at Maggie Daley playground.
- Go to Field Museum.
- Go to Art Institute and do a JourneyMaker tour.
- Go swimming.
- Go to the Children’s Museum.
- Play at playground.
- Have a pajama day (with daddy.)
- See a movie at the movie theater.
- See a movie outside.
Go to the library.
- Go to the Family Festival downtown Chicago.
- Make cookies.
Read books at home.
- Ride the train at the mall.
- Go to the beach.
- Have a picnic.
- Go to American Girl Place.
- Draw pictures and cut them out.
- Play with legos.
- Make muffins.
- Make pasta salad.
- Play with toys.
- Go to a festival.
- Try to go to a water park.
- Go to the Disney store downtown Chicago.
- Eat at Rainforest Cafe.
- Eat at Labriola Cafe.
- Bake an apple pie.
- Play games on the iPad.
- Play Mario game with daddy.
- Go to the Morton Arboretum.
- Go to Mimi and Pa’s house.
- Go to Granny and Pa’s house.
- Go on a hike.
Every summer, I say that I’m going to get some reading done. And most summers, my reading list doesn’t really get any shorter. However, now that grad school is over and I already have the spring play figured out for next school year, I actually have time to get some reading done.
My list is a bit varied but I’m excited to work my way through it.
What’s on your reading list for this summer?
This year, more than many other years, I have really really really needed this Christmas break. But, now, I actually have time to do some reading….some non-grad school reading. I can sit down and look at recipes (although I haven’t really tried out any yet). I am going to make an effort to take better care of myself in 2017 so that I can be better for everyone else who need me. In the meantime, Amy Poehler and a toasty fire in the fireplace are helping greatly.
Big girl has big plans for this summer. And, so far, we’re doing a pretty good job of accomplishing much of what she planned for us this summer. However, she’s not the only one with stuff to get done this summer. My main objective? I’ve got to pick a script for the spring play.
Last year, I felt like I waited until pretty close to the end of the summer before getting the scripts read and choosing one. This summer, my goal is to get that done much, much, much sooner so that I don’t have to stress about it. That would be easier to do if I hadn’t gone a bit (or a lot) overboard when searching for plays to read. Ten. I’ve got ten scripts to read. *sigh*
Wish me luck!
One of my project a couple weeks ago was to go through all of big sister’s baby toys and get them ready for little sister to play with them. I went through the baby toys in the toy room and washed them so they would be ready for tummy time play in the living room. I wasn’t sure where to put them as we’ve been trying very hard to keep the living room from becoming Toy Room 2.0. Ryan mentioned the small canvas container that had been in big sister’s room that held some of the more frequently read books. I knew that that would work perfectly. All that I would have to do would be to move the books onto her book shelf in her bedroom.
Now, these are not her only books. Big sister has books in the toy room and in the living room but most of her books are in her bedroom. You can quickly take a look at the book shelf and see that this is a kid who loves books. And that makes me very proud.
Books. Books. Books.
The next organization task is to pack up my maternity clothes and go through all of my other clothes. I’ve made a large pile of clothes to get rid of and am in the process of finding places for the rest of my clothes to go.
I posted a summer plans list here. Well, I haven’t accomplished as much this summer as I wanted to. I still have one week left of summer before school starts again so I might be able to get some more of this knocked out.
How my list looks now:
- Start taking prenatal yoga classes – DONE. And I love them. I always feel really good after class is done.
- Finish the pile of books that I stare at every day, including The Hunger Games Trilogy. – STARTED. I finished all three of the Hunger Games books. Now, I am attempting to work my way through the rest of the pile.
- Knit at least one baby blanket – NOT STARTED. Boo. I haven’t done any knitting so far this summer. Although, this is something that I could work on in spare time (Ha! Spare time!) once school starts up again.
- Knit at least one baby hat – NOT STARTED. See above.
- Go on a nice long walk every day (weather permitting). – STARTED. Although I’ve tried to go on a walk every day, when there is a air action day (when pollution + extreme heat = not good to be outside) I’ve avoided going outside.
- Paint the book case in the room that will be the baby’s room – DONE. Thanks to my mom, dad, and Amy for coming up and doing a lot of work in the baby’s room.
- Paint the walls in the room that will be the baby’s room (this might actually translate to me “supervising” the walls being painted). – DONE. Please see above and thanks again to my mom, dad and Amy!
So, that’s what the list looks like so far. We’ll have to wait and see to see how much I can get done before the baby arrives and I will have no spare time at all to accomplish anything.