Saturday, December 17, 2011

Crazy or not, you gotta respect the traditions.

Hi friends,

Just a few more sleeps until Christmas. The excitement is building. I’ve gone through peaks and valleys over the years, in my excitement for Christmas. As a child, nothing could hold back the excitement. I remember waking up early and running out to see what Santa had brought. As I got older and became teenager, the excitement was not as much. I preferred to sleep in, as much as my younger sisters would let me. Then they entered their teens and the wake up times got later and later…proportional to the growth of surliness in our household.

Eventually, we grew up (kinda) and grew less surly (mostly), got married and moved out. We always have Christmas Eve dinner at my parents’ and we kept the tradition of opening presents at their house on Christmas morning.  This means a late night and an early morning. Not always ideal when you want to sleep in. one of us was always late (not me). We started giving false times for present opening but someone was still late. One year my sister (Baby Auntie? BAuntie? We’ll work on that one) suggested that we open one present each on Christmas Eve. My Dad lost it. I think he was more upset that we were all grown up but I understand now, he wants to hold on to our traditions. I don’t blame him. I want to hold onto them too and create my own for The Boy.

This year, we are still doing Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas morning present opening but it’s more a late morning present opening. Last Christmas, we had 2 new babies, The Boy and my niece. We agreed to open presents at our own homes with our babies and then go to my parents’ house.  That way we get the excitement of Santa in our homes and at my parents' home. Wins for everyone.

As much as things change and technology speeds by, I like that some things stay the same.  I love that I can watch videos with The Boy and share his pictures and antics via the internet with friends and family around the world. I love that Christmas morning is a blending of old and new traditions and phone calls to family in Trinidad are sometimes replaced with Skype conversations but at the core the feeling is the same. I cannot wait for The Boy’s second Christmas! The possibilities for excitement are endless…

What's better than this on Christmas morning?
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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Thank (insert deity of choice here) for the internet!

Hi friends,

The holidays are here! Yay! I’m giddy for the holidays. Don’t know why but I just get excited, especially now that I have a child. Last year was the first time I experienced the season as a mom. This year is the first time fro me as a Mom who is working outside of the home. It’s different but still great.

Life is a bit challenging for me this week. We are in the midst of our busy season at work, Baby Daddy is on a business trip, The Boy is recovering from being sick last week and I got wicked 24 hour stomach flu in the middle of the week. It was like the perfect storm of “what can go wrong next?” This weekend is very busy too with a kid’s Christmas party and a cousin’s baby shower back to back. I have my hands full.

This week, more than ever, I appreciate the internet, the PC and my smartphone. I was not able to get to store to buy my present for the baby shower but through the magic of the internet, I was able to purchase my present online. What was even better, is that I got the option to ship my present (for a very small nominal fee) directly to the recipient. Wins all around. I didn’t have to lug the present to the shower, along with The Boy and his gear and the future Mom does not have to worry about taking it home with her. I’m still going to pick up a small toy for the baby when I get a card so I will still have something for the shower. I’m just glad I don’t have to wrangle a bulky present.

Usually, I make a list on my PC, email it to myself so I have on my phone and hit the streets. Internet purchases have been getting easier and easier in Canada. Many popular retailers even offer free shipping options. I’m definitely going to take advantage of that this year. It’s much easier and I don’t have to brave the mall crowds except to get my cheesy picture of The Boy and Santa. I know I’m a little late to the game and I used to actually enjoy going shopping. Now, not so much. I rather spend my free time playing with The Boy.

No chance of him sitting still this year

Carrying this many presents and a baby is not a good idea
Maybe a little less of this craziness this year

Hopefully more and more and more of this craziness every year

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Nostalgia and Magic in the air

Hello lovely friends,

Today is December 1st. I get giddy at this time of year. Something about the holidays makes me a little Christmas crazy. It got worse once we had The Boy. I got even giddier than normal for his first Christmas. This year is going to be even worse (or better in my opinion) in the degree of Christmas craziness. I think having The Boy turned me into a kid again for the holidays. I’m so excited for his 2nd Christmas.

Tonight I attended an alumni event for a company I used to work for a few years ago. It made me feel very nostalgic. Do not get me wrong, I love where I am now but I fondly remembered those days. It was great to catch up past coworkers and reminisce about working together and laugh at the shenanigans we used to get up to. I was a little nervous and hesitant (and lazy) to go to the event, especially since I’m still getting over a wicked stomach flu. I’m glad I sucked it up and went though. So much had changed and so much has stayed the same.

I did miss my boys though. One is on a business trip but he will be home soon. The other was up way past his bedtime when I got home. I could not resist going in to see him for hugs and snuggles. It probably disrupted him but we both loved it, selfishly me more than him. I had to kiss that little face and hold him while I sang the goodnight song I made up for him. He’s sleeping soundly now and I’m cyber stalking him on the webcam.

I’m so giddy right now and I did not consume one drop of alcohol. I better get off the internet or I’ll start signing about rainbows and unicorns.  Happy Christmas Magic everyone!

The Boy last Christmas

Cannot wait for the cuteness to come this year!