Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Chaos, Craziness and Lots of Love

Looking back through my old Christmas letters I've sent over the years, I've noticed a theme....chaos, craziness, lots of love and the obligatory Christmas tree falling.

And because I am a nut about tradition, today the Christmas tree fell.

Here's a letter from 2009 that mentions lots of crazy (the tree must have fallen after the letter 
went out).

Complete chaos.  That is the description of my house and my mind.  I have never really been a very organized person or what you would call a planner, but this year feels more intense.  Time is moving faster. Is it the recession?  Is it too much coffee?  Is it being over committed with holiday activities? Is it the pressure to have everything perfect?  

It could be the hormones.  

Happily, we had our fourth child in October, Wade Kimball Youngblood, and life hasn’t been the same since.   He is a beautiful, healthy baby and we feel so lucky.  But it has also rocked our world a bit.  I am fine with change…as long as I am campaigning for it or in charge of it.  Four kids, swine flu, holidays and breastfeeding…not so much.

While Tim and I are running around like crazy people, bemoaning change, the kids are bubbling with happiness.  Peyton is very sweet and thoughtful—he is that kid that writes the letter to Santa and says he doesn’t need anything, but his little brother wants a fishing pole.  The letter is genuine and amazing, just like him.  Peyton is 8 years old and in second grade.  Lucy is a beautiful, witty child.  At pre-K graduation last year, her teacher said a nice thing about each child such as “he is so good at sharing” or “she is so kind.”  When Lucy walked on stage the teacher said “she is hilarious.”  I asked her what she wanted Santa to bring her and she said “Santa knows.”  Hmmm…hope Santa gets it right.  She is 5 and now in kindergarten.  JT is a charming, sweet little 3-year-old boy.  He is doing much better with his speech since starting speech therapy last year.  He still struggles with some sounds and baby Jesus sounds like baby

When we told people we were having another baby many people supported us.  But others didn’t know what to say, remember this was right around the time Octomom became famous.  People said “you are crazy,” “better you than me,” “how are you going to fit everybody in your house” and we even got a “why.”  And yes, sometimes that was Tim and I talking to each other.  

While we don’t have the answers to some of those questions we do have faith, hope and a sense of humor.  We have faith in our love and in our family. A sense of humor to laugh at all of our parenting blunders; like when the young babysitter comes over and corrects JT not to point the gun at our faces while we are lying down pretending to be shot in the face by him or as I am yelling “it’s a present, not a weapon so stop hitting your sister.” 

It is impossible not to feel hopeful about life with these adorable, albeit violent, children in our lives. Lucy told us the other day she believes the world needs more bubbles…I agree.  

So, as we prepare for another Christmas pageant I do realize the chaos will calm down, the hormones will level out and life will be normal crazy.  I also realize that we have become that family that takes up half the roles in the pageant.  But I am proud to be that family.

Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas!!!!!!

A look back at some good Christmas episodes of days gone by in TVland:

Thank god the kids from West Beverly were saved with a Christmas miracle.

Love this Christmas special and the CD was a staple in my house growing up. I remember always wanting "a fast talking lover" when I was a fancy, sophisticated grown up (yup like Dolly Parton).  "Dolly always says where there's a will, there's a way."  Definitely a Christmas to remember!  I completely heart Dolly then and now.

There's nothing like soap operas at sad there are only a few left on the air.  Long live the soaps! Long live the montage!


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