Friday, December 7, 2012

Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire

Just in case you were wondering, this post will have nothing to do with chestnuts, or anything else roasting on a fire. I just have these Christmas songs stuck in my head, and feel the need to share my cheer. And since we're friends, there will be no Christmas shoes, or hippopotamusses, or Chipmunks. It's safe here.
Today, Bella rode her scooter up to the mailbox for our second Christmas card drop-off of the season. This is serious business folks. There is to be no smiling while depositing the cards.


On a side note, as you probably know, my little family has plans to eventually build a house on our little piece of land, and have a little farm. As I was looking over these pictures, I realized that I have not had a mailbox since I moved out of my parents house. Like, a real mailbox. And I told Bryan, "when we build our new house (which is how many conversations start these days) I want a mailbox".  I want one that is just for us, with a little red flag that I can put up, and one I can walk to in my pajamas and slippers, and not have to actually get dressed and put on shoes because it's on the next street over. That seems like a reasonable request, right? Bryan agreed, so I'm going to add that to my "dream house" list...

This afternoon we met some friends from Bella's school at the park for a little picnic and play. It was a beautiful day, and we had a really good time.


Oh, these kids make me smile. They are loud, and boisterous, and sometimes whiny, but seeing these pictures of our day, remind me of what fun we had. Sometimes at the end of the night, it's so easy to focus the times that I hurried them, and got frustrated because they didn't listen, or didn't put their shoes on, eat their dinner, go to the potty, or pick up their toys... and feel like I missed the mama mark. But seeing these happy, beautiful, smiling faces remind me that there was joy and laughter and fun in the midst of the hurrying. And there will never be a day that is "perfect", free from any flaw, or frustration, or angry mama, or cranky kid. It's just life. But we try our best, apologize when we need to, and we move on. And these days we have are good.

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos

Ev'rybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe
Help to make the season bright
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight

They know that Santa's on his way
He's loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh
And ev'ry mother's child is gonna spy
To see if reindeer really know how to fly

And so I'm offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety-two
Although it's been said many times, many ways,
"Merry Christmas to you."


  1. =) You and your fun family are one word "DYNAMITE"!! Thank you for sharing your life with us Amy and Have a Merry day.

    1. You are sweet, Robyn. And a merry day to you too!!