Well, how was your weekend? Are you officially overstuffed with turkey and all the other Thanksgiving food?!
My family and I had a lovely Thanksgiving with my in-laws at our house. It was fun to host for the first time this year but I must admit I was also making a list of key items I was lacking to get the job done. For example, you don’t realize how badly you need a massive cutting board with a juice groove until you try to carve a turkey on one of your flimsy, thin ones.
And speaking of carving, an electric carving knife would be a handy tool to have around as well!
My father-in-law was literally sharpening my knives and handing them to my mother-in-law as she sliced. It was laughable.
Justin, the kids, and I then drove down to spend the weekend with my parents at their house in South Carolina. I’m so glad they are only 5 hours away! It was a restful and laid back weekend which was exactly what we were looking for.
I’m sitting here at my desk, writing this post in real-time as I didn’t prioritize drafting a few posts for this week during the gift guide race to the finish last week, and I simply cannot believe it’s December 2nd. I am mixed between feeling like I have 1,000 things to accomplish still but also longing for the end of the year in order to start fresh in 2020. January usually brings a bit of a slow down to the life of an Influencer, and I’m ready for it.
Justin and I really savor the quiet time we have in the car during the drives back and forth to my parent’s house while the kids sleep in the back seats. We often talk about things that we don’t typically talk about anywhere else. It’s reflective and deep, and there’s something about the darkness outside and the stillness in the car that makes it easier than ever to speak from the heart. Last night I shared that I had been thinking about two characteristics that I’m really hoping to build in my kids and they are self-awareness and self-confidence. We discussed why we think those are important traits and what we think our parents did for us to develop those traits. It led us to reflect on our individual childhood experiences and prompted a really enjoyable, introspective discussion.
So, I have those thoughts in my mind as we enter into the season of a new year and a new start with January on the horizon. My boys are also going to be turning another year older this month and in February so this is a very normal time for reflection for me anyway!
On a lighter topic, here are a few other things I’m trying to focus on or do this month:
One. As a Christian, this is the time where it would be very easy to miss the point of Christmas altogether with the gift-giving, parties, and all the fun that comes with the holidays. Justin and I are going to do our best to focus on the reason for the season with the kids this year as they are at great ages to begin to understand the Christmas story.
Three. The only fancy date Justin and I go on every year is called “The Christmas Date” and I’m anxious to see what he has planned for us.
Four. I want to donate so many things that we simply haven’t even touched since the move this summer! I mean, if we haven’t touched it in 6 months, we probably don’t need it.
I hope you are feeling rested and ready to have a great “last month of the year”.