blur

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

That is what it is:

fast and furious

when Thanksgiving, daughter number 2’s birthday, transform the house inside and out for Christmas, and Advent falls on the same long weekend.

Throw in a dash of sore throats

&

a constant hacking cough that makes my home sound like its been transformed into a tuberculosis sanitarium

and you have yourself an exhausting four-day weekend.

But it is the good exhausting, none the less.

My 2nd born, squished in the middle with an older sister who is good at everything,  and a baby sister who exudes energy and hilariousness and naughtiness and another “middler” as we call number 2 & 3, who is very sensitive and requires bouts of one on one time, is funny and smart, wise and sarcastic in her own 2nd born unassuming way.  She turned 10 years old yesterday.  Double digits are big deal, don’t you know.

Her birthday weekend included cousins sleeping over and watching Harry Potter #5 twice, much too much late, ice skating with school mates she does not get to see that often any more with being home schooled, hot chocolate, sirloin steak, deep fried shoe-string french fries, and cake made especially by big sister.

Middle children thrive on sporadic attention.

But, because they are in the middle, and have to learn to make their own distinct way, and the spoiling is sporadic, middle children are often the most well-adjusted adults.

So there you go.

Advent started December 1st as always, and as always, we have too much birthday, getting the house Christmas decorated, stuff going on to actually start our family observations on the actual day. { I was the only one who even made it to church on the first Advent Sunday, leaving the sickies behind with their tissues and  tea and cold medication}.

Its 6:00pm, the 2nd day of Advent I still don’t have my Jesse Tree stuff altogether.

Occasions such as these, raise my- I- should- of- got- it- all done- ire

and yet

volleying back

with a low constant hum

is the defense that murmurs countering the prosecution:

it does not matter if you are late, it’s the heart and motivation behind your choice to celebrate advent with your family.

After 34 years of losing my temper on  s#$^!   that does not matter, maybe, just maybe, I am starting to grow a bit wiser….not getting my hopes up however…

{I dropped the F-bomb over a misplaced library book this afternoon}.

Se la vi!

Anyway, as I shared last post, I always, always look forward to Thanksgiving, it has its own special holiday vibe ya know?

So here is my Multitudes on Monday long Thanksgiving weekend link up.

#1,169   Husband and oldest daughter baking in the kitchen together on Thanksgiving morning while I de-clutter and dust in the living room preparing for next day Christmas decorations- a day earlier than usual

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

#1,171   Laughing till my jaw hurts over how terrible my father is at the game Taboo on Thanksgiving after too much pie

#1,172   Chubby, soft, kissable, baby part of my new nephew: the newest baby to the family since The Babe nearly five years ago

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

#1,173 A full decade of my daughter #2

#1,175   Glittery lights, bulbs- new and vintage, and strung up ice skates and un-matched pairs of hand made woolen gloves:  these objects somehow usher in the excitement and loveliness of  the Christmas season to our home, each year.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

#1,176   Mucinex, and generic nite-quill when 2/3 of my family is sick

#1,178   Yoga mats and DVS- allows me to get some much needed  therapeutic exercise without going in the cold

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

#1,179   Whole chickens, chicken bullion cubes, fresh veggies and herbs, in a huge pot simmering for 4 hours on gas lit flames =  three days of feel good dinner in row

#1, 180   Back to normal Mondays that include stripped bedsheets in the washer and dryer and quilts on the line- routine housework is a sometimes a equalizing equilibrium gift

Happy December and Advent to all.

Cheers

Advertisements

One thought on “blur

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s