As the holiday season approaches I am filled with extra energy, loads of excitement and not enough time. I am fairly certain in another life Damon and I were elves for dear old St Nick. Every year we seem to attempt to create our own toy shop. We both love making presents. There is something about this time of year that throws our creativity into a frenzy of endless possibilities.
At this moment if you were to sneak a peak at any one of my 5 journals (magically hidden around my house for new reading eyes) you would see lists and plans, sketches and doodles. Ready to create gifts and plan for the holidays. It's consuming.
Today I was reminded however that as wonderful as giving is and as wonderful as it is to shower our children and loved ones with presents there is something far more important than any elf can create. Time.Time well spent WITH my children. I was rushing today to finish editing photo sessions and search for tools and gifts online when I realized I felt frustration with the little beings following me around making weird sounds, getting into mischief and being silly. They were fighting for my attention and I just simply couldn't give it. I could feel my patience dwindling so I sent the little ones downstairs (where their Papa was also doing his own creating) He on the other hand handled their needs with grace. When I went downstairs to change the laundry I noticed my kids covered with paint. Being in the mood I was then I was almost instantly frustrated seeing good pants stained with teal paint. I then noticed, more importantly, the elated smiles on their faces. Maddy in a rush to explain it to me as fast as possible told me they were creating a fish game. The happiness and excitement was contagious.
In the time that followed we all fished for magnetic fish in our living room. We measured the fish with a ruler and laughed every time someone caught the odd looking tiny fish. Nothing else mattered.
It dawned on me like a bolt of lighting that no matter how much I do or buy or prepare for the holidays it is farvmore important to spend these intimate moments with my family. The memories we make this holiday will most definitely out last the gifts.
I know I will have late nights and lots of creating still as the season approaches but I will make sure it won't take away my patience and my time for my amazing family.
I know these three are excited for the holidays but I am certain in my heart it isn't just about the gifts