You probably know I have two small children. And a business. You may also know that means life is VERY busy. Which also means I started this post about 7 different times, each time editing out events that already happened or that I missed because I got a terrible stomach flu (which, by the way, was awful and I really missed teaching last week!).
But that's life! And today just before my last class before the holiday break (which I was going to tell you about, had I only been able to get this out before now) I shared some of our current chaos with a friend, and we belly-laughed, and she said "just post it! It's perfect. It's true, it's life!" And here we are. So here we go...
The holiday season with children IS magical. But it is also chaos. Mostly chaos. Even the thought of trying to explain it is exhausting. So here are a few of my favorite moments so far:
- Finding all of the Christmas ornaments from the bottom third of the tree floating (and sinking) in the stand (yes, the one filled with water) after leaving the toddler alone for approximately 17 seconds
- 85 daily repetitions of "no, you can't have another piece of your gingerbread house right now"
- A week of colds and flus that basically debilitated our entire household and the grandparents' and a few friends'
But there are also these:
- The purest joyful laughter while zooming down the tube slide at zoo lights
- Dance parties in the living room while cookies bake in the oven
- Midnight (and 3am and 5am) cuddles - you'd think this one would go in the previous category, but there's a special magic to a child falling asleep pressed up against you, especially in wintertime
And because I'm too tired to be eloquent (see cuddles, above), and Glennon Doyle already wrote a fantastic article about it here's the bottom line:
There are two different types of time. Chronos time is what we live in. It’s regular time, it’s one minute at a time, it’s staring down the clock till bedtime time, it’s ten excruciating minutes in the Target line time, it’s four screaming minutes in time out time, it’s two hours till daddy gets home time. Chronos is the hard, slow passing time we parents often live in.
The holidays are filled with
There it is. That's it. The perfect opportunity to draw your own conclusion :)
And if you've also been inundated and need a last-minute holiday gift you can purchase a Siena Wellness gift certificate! Your loved one can redeem their (beautiful, personalized) gift card for group or private yoga classes, mamas circle memberships, or holistic health coaching. Just send me an e-mail and we'll make it happen.
I truly hope you have a wonderful holiday season filled with Kairos moments.