hustle and bustle

we have been pleasantly busy around here.
too busy to write, upload photos or reflect on each passing day.
forced to be present and keep up, and feeling blessed each and every moment.
we had a wonderful thanksgiving holiday.
we spent it with loved ones, surrounded by an abundance of yummy goodness.
there were many games played, much food eaten,
 lots of wine passed around, children running in and out of the house, and all surrounded by love.
after the holidays pollywog was anxious to get the tree up and decorate the house.
last Christmas came and went without much acknowledgement,
 so i was thrilled to re-install the traditions in my little ones life. these memories are precious.
the house was filled with christmas music as we erected the tree,
decorated it and began placing new and old christmas decor around the home.
our house is now glowing with the seasons cheer and i
am reminded of my own childhood memories of playing with the nativity scene,
 entering the small snow covered villages on the shelves,
and re-visiting special moments with each uncovered ornament.
it was a truly wonderful time the little one and i shared.
with this season comes much hustle and bustle as pollywog prepares and practices
 for her Christmas program at school, her Christmas ballet recital,
and the gifts and cards we are busily crafting.
as each year passes it becomes more of a realization to me
 how important it is to keep the spirit of this season alive and thriving at home.
i detest the long, pushing lines in the shops.
 the stress of purchasing and having enough money,
and the overall spirit of consumerism as a way of "giving" to those we love and cherish.
in order to encourage the meaning of giving,
we take the time to create something special for those we love.
we have been looking at craft books and discussing gifts that she would like to make.

i too am trying to find quiet moments throughout each busy day
 to stitch, paint, crochet and "what not" for the large list of those
 i want to honor and show my love and appreciation.
oh, and did i mention amongst all of this
 we are busy planning a party for a special someone
 who is turning 5-
but i am not stressing over this as we are celebrating this
 in a simple way the little one has planned out.
i am oh so excited about all we are doing
 and feeling so blessed to have these moments. 
we are so surrounded by love this holiday season much love...
and to me this is the reason for the season.
i believe 2012 is going to be a wonderful year...
but for now we are truly enjoying the end of this year.