CURRENTLY obsessing... on maintaining my status as High Score Holder of the Craft, Interrupted household - for the Bop It Smash that my boys got for Christmas. Ha!
CURRENTLY looking... for a library book from our Christmas Book Countdown that has mysteriously disappeared in the happy mess of Christmas here. Of course, it's the one book on my library list that has maxed out its renewals. So it must be returned....but first it must be found! WHERE is it?!?! Aliens Love Panta Claus, come out, come out, wherever you are! You are due back at the library today!
CURRENTLY improving... my logic and spacial skills, on the many educational puzzle toys and games that our house acquired this Christmas. I'm determined to get some of the intermediate cards of Lab Mice, and pass that one tricky part of the Perplexus ; )
CURRENTLY learning... to take a deep breath and a step back, for awhile, and let my boys enjoy their Christmas holiday without so much hovering from Mom. If they want to spread new Lego sets near and far, for a few days, that's ok. If they want to eat crackers and marshmallows for breakfast, well, once in awhile is ok for that, too. I'm learning that the world won't end if they break the rules, a teensy bit, and that letting them BE kids is a good thing...even if it means me biting my tongue and sitting on my hands to give them a little more freedom ; )
CURRENTLY remembering... Christmas past, when my Grandparents would come join us for breakfast Christmas morning and stay to watch my sister and I open our gifts. This year, my Gramma is in a home, and Grampa is probably not far behind her. I am far away, geographically, and hear the updates and feel the tension and stress from my immediate family as they are thrust into this new chapter - caring for our elderly who cannot care for themselves any longer. It makes my heart ache, and I've been reminiscing about all the years we were able to have Christmas together. Gramma always wore a Christmas sweater and pretty necklace to breakfast. Grampa always sat on the bottom step of the stairs to watch the gifting mayhem in the living room. I remember, and I wish they could know that I remember and am thankful for their presence in my life.
CURRENTLY obsessing... over my new camera. Years ago (approximately 6) I got a Canon Rebel XT DSLR. DSLRs were just starting to be cool and the XT was pretty bottom of the line, but I loved it. Millions of pictures later and several drops from high places from children, and a broken lens has made that camera very frustrating for me. I could no longer take pictures close up. Focus was all off. And lighting was deteriorating. My lovely camera was making me very sad. So my mom and my husband went together this year to buy me a Canon Rebel T3 DSLR! Still pretty bottom of the line as far as DSLRs go, but such a vast improvement over my old camera that I am over the moon! And I also got two new lenses with it to play with! So get ready for more, and improved pictures from me!
CURRENTLY looking... for fun things to do in north Utah. My husband was perusing our credit card and realized that we had several vaca points that expired the end of the year! So we are putting together an impromptu stay-ca in north Utah. Not far from our house, but weather is bad for travel and our boys struggle enough with road trips. There's fun things to do up there though so we should have lots of fun. The thing is, we decided all this yesterday and we leave, well, tomorrow!
CURRENTLY improving... my house. Christmas has destroyed my house beyond acceptable living conditions. It happens every year. It's bad. My craft room gets the brunt of it and I got fun new scrapbook stuff that I would love to play with but have no place to do so! So I am cleaning, organizing, and repairing all the damage Christmas has done to my house! That around planning our trip. I thought I was allowed to relax after Christmas.
CURRENTLY learning... Furbish. Santa blessed my family with not one, but two furbys since my husband helped make the app. My oldest loves his and my youngest borders on unhealthy obsession. He takes it to bed with him and jabbers long into the night. We've already had to change it's batteries. It jabbers uncontrollably and has no off button. The only way to make it stop is to have it go to sleep. My kids hate when it's asleep. As you play with it, depending on how you play, its personality changes. My oldest boy is quite happy with his furby being a valley girl so there is alot of OMG, like, and no way in all his jabbers. My youngest on the other hand prefers his furby to be a nice, loving furby. Thing is, he's three and likes to shove his finger in it's mouth nonstop. This makes furby angry and he changes to evil furby which upsets the little guy. The only way to change him back to a nice furby is to pet it for like 2-5 minutes. I am petting that furby a lot these days. Sigh. Furby.
CURRENTLY remembering... Christmas past as well. As a child, many members of the family would spend the night at my grandparents house. My grandpa, always the child, would wake up at 4 and wait impatiently for the rest of us to wake up. I would always wake shortly after, sneaking whatever peeks I could of my stocking while I waited. My uncle was always the last to wake and we would all sneak into his room and sing Christmas carols to wake him up. With around 10 people in a small house, we would sit amongst a sea of wrapping paper, no where to walk. And after that the rest of the large family would trickle in for Christmas dinner. These days, it's just me and my little family on Christmas. No family to visit. And it never quite feels the same. I hope it's because I have grown up and that my kids still feel the joy and wonder of Christmas that I did but it makes my heart sad that they don't get to know what a Christmas with lots of people is like. But I am super happy for technology like facetime which allows me to see some of my family open the presents I gave them.