Today is a day for normalize; for routine.  I have washed dishes.  I have washed, dried, folded, and put away laundry with the humming of the washer in the background to remind me there is more to come.  I have vacuumed the house (and in the process, learned that my incredibly powerful vacuum can actually suck up a strand of Christmas lights and that both the lights and the vacuum can survive such an ordeal).  I have been telling Cody for days that I will sew on Kissy Shrimp’s antenna, by far the most challenging surgery I will have performed on him to date, so I guess that must get done today as well.  I am currently procrastinating the washing of the kitchen and bathroom floors by blogging.  Yup, a fairly typical morning around here.  Except for the updates about my dad.

I do not want this post to be about my dad.  I need a break from it.  I will say that he woke up this morning more or less how he was before.  I have mixed feelings on this.

After Carter gets home from school we will have our lunch and then head out to the store for milk and laundry detergent.  There are kid shoes to exchange for a larger size and the mail to pick up at the post office.  The mail will remind me of the Christmas cards I have done nothing about.  I am currently of the mind to not do Christmas cards this year.  I usually hand write several sentences in each of the 50 plus cards I send out and include a family picture.  I take pride in doing this.  It is something I enjoy but it is a lot of work and it takes a lot of time.  Perhaps in the new year I will carve out some time to hand write a note to everyone who would have been on my Christmas card list.

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Here is a picture of my stack of Christmas cards in progress from last year.

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I am an elementary school teacher, a former microbiologist, a mom to a herd of two boys, and a grilled cheese sandwich and beer connoisseur.
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8 Responses to Normalize

  1. Jodi says:

    Do whatever works for you. Nobody who knows what’s going on will be upset with you should you choose not to do cards. 🙂

  2. Hetterbell says:

    You have to do whatever you feel is right. I wish you all the best because I can appreciate that this time of year will be poignant for you and will stir up mixed emotions. I hope you can enjoy the things you can enjoy as much as possible! 🙂

  3. Be kind to yourself. Be cozy with your family. Let yourself cry about your dad as much as you need to. Let Cody cheer you up. Christmas cards, Shmissmas cards. Send them next year.

  4. Hetterbell says:

    Hi, I read this post before I read your Therapy Session Two post, so I profoundly apologise if my previous comment seemed too flippant. I can appreciate this Christmas is not going to be easy for you. But I suspect that you will not have to force Christmas spirit for the sake of your children, because I suspect they will provide you with much comfort just from being themselves.
    Take care and all the best. 🙂

    • shoes says:

      No worries about your comment. The boys are pretty fired up about Christmas this year – it is such a magical time for the young especially. I just need to let most of the extras I usually do go this year and focus on the Christmas cheer for my family.

  5. muddledmom says:

    Don’t worry about Christmas cards. Life gets in the way sometimes. People understand. Send a mass email instead. Last year I got half of mine out before a stomach bug wiped us all out. What can you do? Relax.

  6. shoes says:

    Thanks Muddledmom – good suggestion on the mass email (and the relaxing part too). The mass email is easy. The relaxing – not so much. 🙂

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