This photo is from this date in 2016. We bought this little guy Waffles for our daughter. She took him home after Christmas break. I picked out his ugly sweater.
Back home after a long weekend in Mexico, I’m feeling overwhelmed. After our morning walk my husband said he wanted to sit down and go over our calendar.
“I have to sit down and write my to do list,” I insisted. “I have so much stuff running through my head I have to write it out.”
My list keeps growing and growing. On my list is writing and addressing Holiday cards for my husband’s business, including packaging and mailing out Frangos. That’s the big project. Then there’s dozens of small one off items to do.
I love going out of town to relax, but why does it seem like I have so much to do — before we leave — and after we get home?
Do you find that too? Or are you able to stay calm and steady around days of vacation?
Our Christmas crew a few years ago at our Palm Springs home. We’re a family of four and our son’s girlfriend’s family has seven siblings — plus Waffles the pug. We’ll be together again this Christmas week.
I feel very fortunate to be at a point that almost everyday could be a vacation day in some way if I wanted it to be. I see that you’re focused more on the *getting out of town* sort of vacation and that can definitely have ups and downs. I can still pull the planner/organizer part of myself to the forefront so if need be things would get done, but I’m glad life is way more relaxed at this point!
You are fortunate. Although I technically don’t work, this time of year gets too busy for my liking.
It can be really difficult. I think that often means deciding to let some things go or delegating responsibilities to others.
Definitely! Last year I did all the shopping and cooking Christmas week for our crew. I’m going to let others do that this year! I’ll do one dinner.
Enjoy your vacation and forget the stress.
Thank you. I hope I can do that 😊
All the best.
Traumatize that poor dog (LOL). It is great to be surounded by family and friends – enjoy.
I think he looks embarrassed. Don’t you? It will be fun to be with family and friends.
YES, he is not liking this. We have a Frenchie and she simply stands still if we put anything on her that touches her legs. If it is “sleeveless” she is mostly ok.
I like how you socialize with your son’s girlfriend’s family. I love the idea of large holiday gatherings. But I understand your need to write things down. I’m never at ease when it comes to getting ready for holidays or vacations.
Part of my issue this December is we left for Mexico Dec. 1. I get home and it’s December 5th. I’m like “what happened to the first week?” Now I’m feeling pressure before our big Christmas gathering.
Losing a week is tough this time of year!
No kidding! Not the best plan.
Wonderful family photo!
Thank you!!! The GF’s family is gorgeous ❤️
Time does fly when you get to “a certain age” and it adds to the stress. Even though we are certainly more efficient (being so experienced at all this), we end up just cramming more to-dos onto the list, instead of relaxing. Sometimes I wonder if people would really notice if we didn’t do some of those things that we out on our shoulders.
I think it is wonderful that you have a big gathering. It is usually just the two of us, as we don’t have children.
Good point. My husband and his clients would notice if I didn’t get the chocolates and holiday cards out. But the rest of it?
My to-do list is ever growing
That’s good. I’m glad for a few days off!