Christmas is just around the corner, and this year at our house, that means Daddy is home soon! We have been counting down the days since he left in August, and the girls and I can’t wait to have my husband back home. It’s been a long four months, but it is almost over and it can’t be better timing. My eldest has been getting more emotional and expressing to me that she misses her dad, and I ran out of motivational juice a while ago, and have been running off of coffee and necessity. That being said, I have found a few things that seem to help get me moving each day, and reduce stress.
I found that if I start off the day lazy, that is how the rest of it goes, and I wind up with two antsy toddlers and one stressed out mama. When I start out the day either cleaning, baking, or getting out of the house, then I tend to have more energy, motivation, and patience for the rest of the day.
I have also been prepping breakfast, clothes, and the coffee maker, every night before bed. This way, there is no frantically running around in the morning looking for a clean matching sock while deciding what to make for breakfast... I have my clothes set out so I can get dressed right away, bring the girls downstairs, let the dogs outside, then I switch on the coffee maker, set breakfast on the table, feed the dogs, run the vacuum, and then get the girls dressed. It’s busy, but it’s way better than running around in my pyjamas trying to find matching clean clothes for everyone, while negotiating with toddlers who can’t decide what they want for breakfast, all while the dogs bark impatiently as they wait for the same breakfast they eat everyday... Which is what a typical morning looks like if I don’t prepare myself ahead of time. These mornings are usually the start of a chaotic day, so preparing small things ahead of time really makes a difference in the long run.
Today, my youngest angel even took a long nap, so I was able to get some Christmas baking done. My eldest has been refusing naps for a few days now, so she opted to play quietly with some PlayDoh instead. She made a princess castle, then cleaned up her mess and crawled under a blanket on the couch for a rest when she was all done playing.
Baking is one of my favourite parts about the holiday season. Though to be honest, I am like a kid in a candy shop when it comes to anything ‘Christmas’ - it is such a joyous time of year. I really hope I am able to pass that feeling down to my kids because I want them to enjoy the holidays as much as I always have. Having my husband home for Christmas will certainly help make this the most wonderful time of the year!