Hi friends! I hope you all had wonderful times with your families for Christmas or whatever holiday you may celebrate! From the posts I have seen (tried to catch up on a few after being intentionally MIA for a few days myself!), it looks like everyone has been embracing their families, friends, and celebration!
For me? This was probably one of the best Christmases that I can possibly remember. I honestly can’t put into words just how wonderful it was to…
…wake up next to M on Christmas morning, bounding out of bed like a 7 year old at 7 am (even though we had a late night the night prior at his parents’ house!), excited to exchange gifts, listen to music and sit by the fire before the hustle and bustle began.
…spend not one, but TWO days with my beautiful niece Isabel and my two sisters (and like, four days straight with Jess, hehe!). We honestly haven’t spent that much time together over Christmas in I don’t know how many years.
…go food log-less. Yes, I know, you are probably shocked. But the best part about it? I didn’t overeat, but I enjoyed, just the same.
…spend some much-needed down-time between four parties in three days. This was probably my favorite part of the holidays. Home. Quiet. Fireplace. Silence.
…realize, for the first time, that this apartment with M is the first place I have ever truly felt like was home. Our home. When I was married, for some reason, our house never felt like home. But it struck me this weekend…this. is my home. And I LOVE that feeling.
But, while I enjoyed every.single.minute of the holidays, one thing I absolutely crave after a whirlwind of parties, food, family and well, lack of routine?
((normalcy)) <–that’s me, hugging it out with normalcy. I know, just in case you didn’t ‘get’ it. (heehee)
I think the holidays are one of the best times of the year, don’t get me wrong. The crescendo leading up to the holidays is honestly, almost more fun than the actual day, in some cases. And it’s that crescendo that comes crashing down in a whirlwind of chaos that sometimes gets me. It can get so chaotic that it starts to suck the fun out of it. It’s happened to me in years past, and this year, I just wanted to make sure it didn’t, and that I enjoyed it. And that I did.
But today, what did I do? I cleaned. I tucked away gifts and organized. And re-embraced my food log. And ate more normally. And ran (outside! woohoo! WITH M, no less!).
…and even took down my tree.
And man, that sense of normalcy? Puts a huge-ass grin on my face.