I love this time of year, not just because we are filled with the joy of the holidays, but because it is a time to slow down and relax. We are not a family that signs up for lots of activities, sports, and classes, but we are always busy outside in the warmer weather. We need to improve things for the animals, take care of our property, and get ready for the winter. It is because of all this activity that I love the winter and the time it allows us to cuddle up inside with each other.
I find it difficult to not change into my pajamas as soon as I get home from school these days. I look forward to having our family meal and then hanging out with Shannon and the kids before bedtime. Since we have not yet made it to Christmas we have been spending time reading Christmas stories and watching Christmas movies; these are moments I treasure.
I know that childhood is fleeting and maybe this is why I choose to keep my kids in a controlled number of activities. I know that they could be out at practices for different things most of the week, but I want them home with me so I can enjoy them. They are both still little and want to be with their Momma and Daddy and as far as I am concerned this is way more important than it would be to be at practice every night.
We signed the kids up for basketball this year, but we only have one night of practice each week and one game on the weekends. This is perfect. I do not do this selfishly (well, maybe a bit...); I do this because I know that they will have plenty of time to play sports when they are older and they will be fine. I do this because I think that playing and being creative, just being kids, is so much more important than having scheduled activities a few nights a week. I do this because I want them to know how much I love being with them (...most of the time) and their Daddy; they are the most important parts of my life. I do this because I do not want them to miss out on the wonder and magic of childhood. I do this because I want them to want to play sports when they are older, not play them because they feel they must. I do this because I know that even though they may like the activities and sports being overscheduled is never good for anyone. I do this because I love them
So, I am going to take this time during these next few cold months to "hibernate like a grizzly bear", just like Shannon says I do. I am going to spend much of my time cuddled up next to my favorite people and I am going to relax.