Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Full of Thanks

Drawing the line in the sand this holiday season is hard. Splitting time between four sets of grandparents is challenging because as you know, it's nice to be with your family and we have this new baby and all.

Our decision to spend time here vs. there is thoughtful. Back when we were kids, these decisions were made for us and therefore the guilt was on them, our parents. If we missed out on a family gathering - it wasn't our fault - it was our "turn" to be with "our mother" this year. But now, it's all hazy and up until a few weeks ago, I felt a tad guilty about not squeezing everyone in. But we've been down that road and it's not fun - squeezing in one additional family visit because we have the time, or can make "the drive." That leaves us driving home with a crazed, hysterical Ingrid and me crawling in the backseat to find the Damn Nuk. Fun times for all.

I'm going to be especially mindful and focus on the family visiting - and not dwell on the gatherings we're "missing." Even though that's just hard.

How do you do it all? How do you visit different families, build memorable traditions with your kids without going crazy? Short of hosting everything myself - I'm coming up short.

The logistics of the holidays does make me want to just throw in the towel and host everything myself - some year, some day when we own a house and a roasting rack.

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