It’s 2 days post Christmas. We had our last Christmas celebration of the year here yesterday. The decorations are off the tree, the stockings have been stored away, and we’re getting things back to “normal”.
My husband works hard all year long, and takes a few extra days off around this time each year. The time off, coupled with some paid vacation days, make for a nice long break with him at home.
Usually we’re working on remodeling projects, but since we don’t have any going on right now, we’re just enjoying doing normal everyday life together, and trying not to get on each others nerves.
Also, I may be decluttering a whole lot more with him here to do the heavy lifting! ha!
I hope you are all enjoying this season and are getting a few moments of quiet in to just savor the peace. Remembering that Jesus is the reason for the season carried me through and kept me from stressing too much about anything materialistic. We hosted 3 back-to-back Christmas celebrations here, and they were all wonderful because I gave all of my worries to God and He took them without hesitation.
Today the preschooler is practicing phonics with Mr. Awesome & I. It’s adorable hearing her speak into this Toobaloo, that she got as a gift, and smile as she hears herself. We’re already noticing an improvement in her speech as she corrects herself. The best part is she thinks it’s a game! I first heard about these through a homeschool web-site, and then found they were significantly cheaper on Amazon (especially because of the Free 2-day Amazon Prime shipping).
Our 4 year old is a talker for sure, but she struggles with the “R” sound when it’s in the beginning or middle of a word. I know this is normal for her age, but it’s something we want to help her with now while she’s young and eager to learn.
The 9 year old loved playing with the Toobaloo just to play with it. It’s fun to hear your voice magnified! I think he will use it with the included headband when he is reading out loud to himself.
These come in a variety of colors. You can get yours here.
Oh, and here is a picture of our tree…
Not exactly what I had in mind, but I auctioned off our great big giant tree because it was just too big, and our smaller pre-lit tree’s stand busted to the point duct tape wouldn’t even hold it together. No big deal though, this one I already had in the living room was beautiful and much easier to decorate!
I feel like so much of life is just about improvising and making the best of what you can with what you have. That’s exactly what we did here. I could’ve went out and bought a new tree, I even went and looked while looking for a new stand, and decided a tree for $60 on sale wasn’t too bad at all, but the tree I was looking at was only “okay”. It didn’t SPARK JOY the way I wanted it too, so it stayed at the store.
PS. Mr. Awesome bought me the book Spark Joy. It’s the follow up to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up that I read and implemented before. Our home has never looked or felt so good!
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