Get into the Holiday Spirit!

So, the day is almost here! Christmas! Time really does.  We are almost into 2016.  Where the heck did 2015 go?  2010 - 2015 seem like a blur! 

There are so many exciting things happening in 2016 that I can't help but brush off my hands and say Adios to 2015 and welcome 2016 with open arms.  Usually, at the end of each year...I'm sad.  I look back at everything we did and how much my kids have grown and I feel sad that it's over.   My baby is a toddler.  My oldest is now a Kindergartener.  I remember last Spring cancelling her Kindergarten screening over and over and over again because I just didn't want to go.  Going meant entering the school...meeting her teachers...and letting them take her away to assess her without me present.  She's perfect.  I don't need anyone telling me that with numbers, charts, and running records.  This past Fall I put my baby into daycare FULL TIME for the first time EVER.  I was always home with my babies.  They were always with me.  But now it was time to pave a new road for myself and let them pave their own.  Have lives outside of ours.  It was hard to do.  It was painful to do.   But I've grown.  I've learned to cope.  And now that the sadness of letting them go is over...I am more aware of what is to come and how much fun we have to look forward to.

We are in the beginning stages of planning our first Disney Trip.  My husband and I are going to fly to the west coast for the first time.  We've never been on a plane together...I can't wait to go on that adventure.  My oldest is starting basketball and Girl Scouts on top of Gymnastics.  Her favorite thing to do: volunteer at the animal shelter. (It's my favorite thing to do too.  It makes me feel good inside and I get to do it with her.) My little one and I will start a mommy and me gymnastics program mid-winter.  There's so much to do and so much to look forward to.  So many memories to make on top of the ones we have already made.

I was asked to come to a local school to photograph students with Santa.  That was SO much fun!  The students were all shopping for their families and they had a station to make picture frames, ornaments, decorate sugar cookies, and wrap their presents all on their own.  It was a beautiful night and I was honored to be there and capture it all for them.

This time of year is usually so hard for me...I think the strange pattern of warmth and sunshine has helped me stay focused on the positives and less on the negatives.  I'm so looking forward to 2016.  Things are so good! I only see them getting better!

Happy Holidays!