We pulled it off.
After a rather odd and stressful week leading up to Christmas, with kids with fevers and husbands with bronchitis, and missed Christmas Eve services, and last minute trips to buy new sleeper couches ... it all somehow came together. I had my lingering doubts right up until 9:00 the night before Christmas, but then it was there: that moment when all is right with the world, that moment when life is fuzzy and warm and we're all together and the kids are happy (at the same time!) When no one's worried about to-do lists or expectations or stresses; when life is just about the holiday, about being together, and about celebrating.
And it was good.
Christmas day was busy and fun, as were the days that followed.
And just like that, another year is over. I noticed in my online wanderings this morning that lots of bloggers were honoring the end of the year with a list of the "best of the best", sort of a round-up of their top - or most interesting or most noticed or most read - posts for the year. Never one to miss a party (at least the virtual kind where I don't have to actually be social and talk to people), here is mine.
Best wishes for a healthy, happy, prosperous, and peace-filled 2011.
My Future Street Sweepers
Teens and Toddlers
He Who Spareth the 1/4 Inch Plumbing Supply Line
Harry Potter, Hiking Shoes, and Vacations
My friend is one... who take me for what I am
It's that time of year again, folks
Attachment Parenting: Freedom and Joy