November 26, 2011

I Need A Holiday From My Holidays

I've been a bad blogger this past week, but I DO have an excuse.  The Thanksgiving holidays have been anything but a holiday- they've been more like WORK!!


{Charlie's expression is a pretty good example of how I've felt this past week...arrgghhhh!!!}


I feel like Charlie Brown who has had his football yanked out from under him one too many times when he tries to have to have a good time and play ball, but Lucy keeps ruining the fun for him!!  As much as I wanted to enjoy and relax for my turkey day, it just didn't turn out that way.  Two of my three kids were very sick (go figure, it always happens around a special event/holiday, right??!) which made the happy holidays more like a tear filled battle ground.  I think my husband was trying to figure out a reason of why he needed to report back to work even though he had a few days off!  Ha!!

It's one of those things, you envision a picture perfect holiday gathering, but then your children bring you back down to reality.  Through the tears, snotty noses, sore throats, "are we there yet?" car ride to grandparents house, sibling rivalry, sleepless nights, refusals to take family photos, refusals to eat anything Thanksgiving dinner related (only mac n cheese is accepted), I am reminded that perfection is an unrealistic goal that should never enter my mind.



{Successful family photo taken on Thanksgiving Day.  A smile from everyone!}


Though this was one of the more exhausting Thanksgivings, I am thankful I have these 3 little people who need me as much as I need them.  I prayed countless days and nights for God to give me a baby, and now that he has blessed me with 3 of them, I'm going to make sure to cherish every moment which will eventually become a memory.  Even the not so fun moments;-)

So I want to go ahead and apologize in advance to anyone who has emailed/voicemailed/texted me and is awaiting a response which hasn't happened yet.  I promise I will be getting back to you soon now that the sickness has hopefully left the building.  So on a brighter more exciting note, I got one of these today....


{My cutesy Kate Spade black and white polka dot iPhone case w pink trim.
Talking and texting are already more fun!}
.

..I got an iPhone 4S!!  This little device is super smart, and is hopefully going to make me more efficient on a daily basis, PLUS keep my kids entertained while at a restaurant with all of the apps you can download on it!!

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and are looking forward to the continuation of more holiday fun through the month of December!  And I am actually going to get that "holiday from my holidays" as the hubby and I have booked a short trip for just the two of us to Chicago right before Christmas- woo hoo!!! So if anyone has Chicago suggestions of where to stay, eat, shop, visit, please leave me a comment below-thanks!!. 



3 comments:

Sam said...

Thanks for the great advice. What a wonderful family portrait!

Ally Garner said...

Love that family photo. The kids looks so happy! Most of my friends have children, so I know what a miracle it is to get all of them smiling at the same time.

One of those friends lives in Chicago. I used to visit her every year in the summer & before Christmas - that was when we were both single & could travel more though. Stick to Michigan Avenue for shopping. It's just like New York, but with nicer people & so much cleaner. It's just gorgeous at Christmas! Hope y'all have a wonderful time!

JennySue said...

@Sam- thanks so much- good family portraits are hard to come by!
@Ally- yes, miracle is a good word for all the smiles we got!! Thanks for the Chicago advice- we are super pumped to get some couple time even if it's only for 2 days! And I've heard the shopping is primo from everyone!! Yay!