Thursday, December 3, 2009

too busy enjoying life

Wow... it's been too long since I've posted. So much has happened in the past few weeks to write everything, so I'll just highlight the most memorable. My baby girl is 11 months today and my other baby girl has her 3rd birthday in just 9 days! I can't believe it! We are planning a Shrektacular 3rd Birthday for Miss Madysen. I'm so excited because this will be the first year she will actually have little friends to help her celebrate. I'm going to attempt to make her birthday cake. I know, I know, what am I thinking??? I just want this birthday to be extra special for her. She has been experiencing a little jealousy lately, so I want this party to be all done up, just for her!
Recently, we celebrated Thanksgiving. Since Jeff's dad passed on this day 2 years ago, the day has since taken on a different mood. We really try our hardest to be grateful for the day and really celebrate the true meaning of Thanksgiving. We were so thankful this year for a healthy, happy family and for everyone being able to get together at our house this year. I hosted my first ever Thanksgiving and totally LOVED it! I really wanted to take some of the burden off my mother-in-law and have it at our house. The dinner turned out fantastic ( just a bit earlier than anticipated...darn Turkey bags) and we had our share of Smith Family Catch phrase. Hopefully we can continue the tradition....
Now, on to Christmas. Yes, I was one of those crazy mothers out on Black Friday at 330 am scouring for the big deals. I know, I know, but I was a Black Friday Virgin until this year. And, let me just tell you... I'm hooked. I had SOOOO much fun laughing at all the crazed people that I think I'll continue this every year. I did manage to get a lot of shopping done for not that much money, so I was happy. We did see one woman practically want to fight another woman because she was in the "express" line but had more than 10 items. Ashly and I were in the middle of their battle of words and all we could do was laugh. Ashly was an amazing Aunt dishing out elbows and shoves to get a pink digital camera for Madysen. God, I love that kid (well I guess she's an adult, but she'll always be a kid to me.)
And so, as all the chaos approaches with the holidays and birthdays, I just like to look back on the year and say once again how blessed I feel. I had never thought I would ever have a life like this. I prayed so many times to God to please just bless me with a normal life, a soulmate who loves me unconditionally, and a family of my own to love. After a several tough years, I finally have everything I could have dreamed of. I am so lucky to stay at home with my girls and watch them grow everyday. My husband surprises me everyday with the amount of love he has for me and the kids. Even though some days are harder than others, I see so many working moms that have so much more stress. I'm thankful that I don't have to carry that burden and just enjoy this moment!

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