We had a really fun, jam packed weekend, and I had another lesson in self care because of it. The holidays are even more exciting this year because Riley and Quinn are at such a fun age, and they are SO excited about Christmas. (wait, did I just say 2.5 was fun? Okay okay, sometimes really fun, sometimes makes you really insane). We are starting new traditions like elf on the shelf and an advent calendar (with tiny gifts that I then have to keep up with when the girls lose them every other minute in one of their 80 tiny purses scattered throughout the house), and I definitely didn’t realize that these new traditions were going to be another thing that I had to remember and keep up with everyday. Don’t get me wrong, it’s so fun to see their excitement every morning as they search for “Elfie” and take turns with the advent calendar, but it’s a lot to remember when still adjusting to life with 3 kids.
Baby Tess is super laid back, and thank God, because she has just been along for the ride from the beginning. We are on the move constantly (very different from when I was afraid to leave the house with the twins by myself for the first six months). I just strap Tess to me and we go, and lately I’ve been guilty of overbooking us. There are so many fun holiday activities, and I’ve been wanting to do ALL of it. We saw like 28 Santas over the weekend, and I literally booked every second of our weekend with family Christmas fun. It WAS SO fun, but it was also completely exhausting, and now it’s taken me until Wednesday to recover from all of it. So self care lesson: I have to slow down, I have to use the weekends when I have Miles with me to regroup and rest. I can still plan fun, festive activities, but it can’t be constant and filling up every waking moment. I need to pick one or two really fun things to do, and enjoy those things instead of rushing around town from one activity to the next.
Here are a few pictures from the weekend.
Visit with Santa. (Quinn’s chipmunk face is cracking me up)
Festival of Lights with Friends
Reindeer Run 5k
Milk and Cookies with Santa
Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade