Sunday, December 21, 2014

shortest day, longest night

December 21st, let winter begin.  I'm already dreaming of Spring!  Yes, it is a bit early for that so this is my pre-planning stage.

Amid the hustle and bustle, bad drivers, poor manners and frantic moments there has been time to be still and quiet.   It's taking that deep breathe and exhaling .....and realizing that what does get done for Christmas is just fine and what doesn't (ie should there be more baking, more decorating) won't be missed.  Spending the time together is really what is important.

Thursday afternoon we had the pleasure to attend Noah's Christmas concert.   All kids are the same, lined up on stage ready to start. Until they have met the sights of their families, little eyes search row by row and then a smile and even a wave and then it's time to get the show on.   It was a lot of work for the children and their teachers and so much fun to watch.   It brought back memories of my daughter's concerts and way back to some of my own.

Noah did quite well but didn't last too long on stage.  It wasn't that he didn't know his part or hadn't practiced  but the sensory overload was too much.  He did try and we're proud of him.  After the concert en-route to the car there was a certain amount of complaining and feet dragging ...please understand that routine and consistency are important  for him....bad enough the car was parked elsewhere, it started to rain and the car was a few blocks away.   Part way along the route the dragging feet changed to a soldier high step march.....things really weren't so bad.  Once home he bounced out of the car, checked the outdoor decorations, smiled and headed to the front door.  One last  momentary turn  to us and Noah said "See you Sunday" no prompting, clearly and loudly.   The best present we could receive!

Both boys visited today with their parents.  Everyone was kept busy...big people/little people. Lunch/ play time and Christmas decorations to check out.  Exciting times ahead.

The next few days are going to be a whirlwind of activity.   We're doing a Christmas Day lunch, buffet style.  The kitchen/family room already has the extra serving table set up.  Next up will be the final decorating and setting up the main table.  It will all come together....fingers crossed.

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!   And Happy New Year too!


Claudette497 said...

Your story warmed my heart - so glad the concert evening turned out well for little Noah -

Meari said...

I always enjoyed seeing the kids' concerts. They were so proud. :)

Hope you had a good Christmas, Debbie.

Rachael Farmer said...

Thank you for sharing this story! I was able to see mum's friend's little granddaughter and her class sing their Christmas carols this year - it was lovely! And don't worry that you're already dreaming of spring, as far as I'm concerned this is the countdown to Hallowe'en and next Christmas! All perfectly normal..... Best wishes for the new year - Shroo :) x