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OM | Silver Lining

For us, winter break began the day before Christmas. It made for a hectic week before the holiday, a feeling I did not like. The week after Christmas was crazy, too. Too many social obligations, a frantic overnight getaway with too much cleaning and cooking, followed by my annual “get Christmas the hell out of my house” decoration take down.

There was a big fat silver lining. The first week of 2012 has been pure family bliss. I made a conscious effort to avoid structure. All we did was play. We spent hours playing Monopoly, Go Fish, Goblets and Operation. We read aloud 300+ pages of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. We doodled, painted and scribbled. We made multiple trips to the book store and built lots of Legos (freestyle – no instructions). I even let the kids bag our groceries (I’m sure the lady behind us was thrilled). No one told us where we had to be and when. No one told us our art was not right or our rooms were messy. We just played and laughed and snuggled.

It was a glorious week.


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  • Linda @alamodestuff - That is awesome! Isn’t it interesting how we have to make the conscious decision to do this? What a great reminder for all of us.

    Great photo. You even got Pete in the background. Did someone make the scarves and hats for the kids?ReplyCancel

    • Angie - Thanks Linda! Pete’s dad’s girlfriend made them for the kids. She also made Kate’s American Girl doll a matching sweater and hat. It’s beyond adorable.ReplyCancel

  • Angelina Wallace - Reading your post just gave me warm fuzzies!!ReplyCancel

  • Cyn - Ha! I just posted about our family schedule. The times that we kick back and relax are the best! I’m glad you could have so much time to do that.ReplyCancel

  • Tamatha - That is so great, Angie! We had a few days of that too…so necessary. We had one day where we stayed in our p.j.’s all day. Some friends came over in p.j.’s and we all played board games all day – except for when we went to the In & Out drive-thru – in our p.j.’s!ReplyCancel

    • Angie - In and Out in PJ’s sounds fabulous. I’m happy to hear I’m not alone in my need to hunker down and play.ReplyCancel

  • Kristen from Creative Stash - Love your silver lining! It is so good for everyone to just play and relax without all the structure and rules we have set up in our every days. You guys took the day in your PJ’s to the extreme, how fun is that?! Love it.ReplyCancel

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