Ahh, January. Time to take down the holiday decorations, bundle up the kids, and look forward to … I don’t even know what to look forward to in January. Maybe ski season? Freezing cold temperatures? Spring? (Only two months away, you guys!)
I had a really rough holiday this year. I’ve sat down a few times to write about it, but it all stressed me out too much to really discuss it. My parents live in Newfoundland, and came up to visit in mid-December. My Mom and I were planning to finish shopping and decorating together, but two days after her arrival, she got really sick. Really, really sick. She couldn’t stand up properly, was in pain, she seemed completely out of it and couldn’t communicate clearly (honestly, it was a lot like dementia), she wasn’t eating or drinking … she ended up at the emergency room.
Turned out, my poor Mom had a severe kidney infection and pneumonia. It was really bad. And it meant that she was not only bedridden, but I had to do absolutely everything to prep for the holidays for myself and for her and my Dad, too. I was scared for my Mom, frustrated, stressed out, and over-worked. I was forgetting responsibilities, neglecting my work, and falling behind. My house was a disaster, my kids were up too late every single night (meaning they were total grouches during the days), and I was just … spent. Physically and emotionally I was totally done before Christmas even arrived. It’s not that we didn’t have a lovely Christmas, it’s that it was more stressful than expected. I still appreciate how lucky I am to have both my parents with us, and Ryan’s too. And to have my kids and all the love we all share. I am so lucky. And I am also so tired.
Now that the new year is here and my kids are back at school, I’m desperately trying to catch up but I am feeling more hungover than inspired. I need a little sunshine (both literal and figurative) to refill my energy tank, I think. And I think my kids are feeling much the same. For as wonderful as Christmas was for them, they also felt the worry and stress. They even asked if Nana (my Mom) was going to die. That’s how scared they were, and that breaks my heart. My Mom is ok now, in case you’re wondering. She’s almost back to normal, and for that, I am so happy and so very thankful.
I’ve neglected my #BlogSmallJoys series, and need to get it started up again, because those stories help me see and appreciate all the moments that are special and happy in my life, and the lives of others. It doesn’t take big gestures to make a big difference in someone’s day. It doesn’t take something big to cheer myself up, either. It just takes slowing down, and appreciating things.
Sometimes it’s just saying, “Thank you”, sometimes it’s helping out, sometimes it’s just telling someone they’re doing a great job or you love their shoes. Sometimes it’s reading a book with your kid, sometimes it’s colouring with them. Sometimes it’s leaving a Kinder Egg in their pocket for them to discover at school. That’s what I did for my kids this week. A little pocket surprise to let them know we’re thinking about them when they’re at school. A tiny bit of sunshine for their day. A small reminder that I love them, I’m thinking of them, and that life’s a little bit happier with chocolate. 😉
I’m a KinderMom, and that means that during the year, I get paid to talk to you about their products, but if you know me, you know that they’re something I have always bought for my kids anyhow. The eggs are safe for Mason, and both my kids still love popping open that little yellow container to discover the toys inside. This year, there are more than 50 new toys in both the Classic and Pink eggs, so there’s always something new to look forward to.
Look how cute these are! Who wouldn’t smile cracking one open?
This is the weather in my neck of the woods this week:
If you stop by the KINDER® Canada Facebook page during the week of January 26th to 30th, they’ll be celebrating Games & Puzzle Week with daily prizing. (HINT: the theme of each game or puzzle links to the new toy collection!)
Happy New Year, my friends. I hope 2015 brings you health, happiness, and love. And chocolate.