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Happy Christmas - Shivaya Naturals

Happy Christmas

December 27, 2008

Every year, as we get right up to the day before Christmas, I always feel like I will not get everything done that I want. And like magic, everything always comes together. We spend Christmas Eve at my parent’s home, and this year, my mother really outdid herself. Her meal was just sooooo good, and enjoying the decorations, the family and the joy was a lot fun. My mom has had a tradition that dates back to me being a baby, where on Christmas Eve, just before bed, she gives us a pair of Christmas pajamas. Since I got married and had children, the tradition has continued with them. This year, we were all decked out in spearmint and Christmas trees! It is such a fun way to start the holiday.

Our boys are allowed to ask Santa for just one gift, and this year Elwood chose a trumpet, and Jacob, a space ship. Coming out in the morning, they were so excited to see that Santa had not forgotten them! When I tell you that Elwood did not let go of that trumpet all day, I am not exaggerating. It is just so nice to see them so in love with something, and Elwood had stayed focused on wanting that trumpet for about the past three months, ever since we took the boys to see their first children’s symphony.

We also surprised both boys (especially Jacob with his space ship) that we would be taking them to Florida in February for a 2 1/2 week vacation. I think that Jacob nearly passed out when we told him that we would be taking him to see the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery on February 12th. The idea of a real space ship, that is really going to launch, is about too much for him. We are also going to hit Disney World for the first time. We are only going to be there for two days, but I think that is all that I can handle for now. We are lucky enough to be staying with friends while in Orlando, and it will be so good to just relax and reconnect. We will then travel to see my parents in Fort Myers Beach for 2 weeks of rest. I can not believe that my husband was able to take the time off (the boys and I will actually be there a week longer than he can stay), and this will be our first vacation as a whole family in 6 years. To say that we are excited is an understatement.

The boys were really blessed to be showered with love from so many family and friends, and I was so grateful that our wishes were honored and that the kids did not receive plastic, loud toys. They now have enough puzzles, games, audio books, workbooks and reading books to last the entire Winter. Jacob was really excited to receive a chess set from mom and dad, and he and Joel played for a quite a while on Christmas night. Jacob has a good friend who is a few years older, and is a great chess player. I was surprised that the chess set went over as big as it did, but I think that Jake is just excited to learn the game so that he and Rune can play it together.

As for me, it seemed like more fun than I remember just watching the kids get into all the magic of this day. My husband surprised me with a bracelet from an amazing designer in Blackrock, Colorado who has a great Etsy shop that you should check out. Joel also gave me a rocking chair that I am so in love with. I have no idea why, but this gift was just really meaningful for me. I have spent two days knitting and reading in my chair, and my boys can not resist crawling up and rocking with me. How neat is it to be able to hold them like the babies I remember and just sing and snuggle. I suppose I love it as much as I do because it reminds me, even if in a small way, of how much I love being a mother. My mom and dad also blessed with a few months of yoga, and ahhhhhhh, I am so excited.

On Christmas Night we were lucky enough to be able to celebrate with very dear friends. Jeanette and her son Gabriel spent their second Christmas with us. Jeanette’s husband is a firefighter in Denver, and he worked on Christmas eve this year, and it really makes our Christmas so special that they join us.

I did knit two big gifts, and I will post those another day (I still need to photograph them). I, of course, am determined to do better next year with getting my knitting done on time, but for now, I am just glad that I was able to knock out a few special gifts.

I hope that all of you had a wonderful day, and are enjoying some well deserved rest and relaxation with your families.

Happy Holidays

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Elizabeth December 27, 2008 at 10:12 pm

I love that rocking chair! I heard that Elwood has not stopped playing with that trumpet for three days. So, yre you still enjoying that gift? I also heard a rumor that you are thinking of moving again (what is this, like #14?). So where to this time? Joel said either Cali or back to the ATL. Which one are you hoping for?


Heather December 29, 2008 at 2:31 am

You know, I think that I have gotten use to the sound of the trumpet always in my background noise:)
We are planning on moving sometime in 2010. Joel is hoping for California, but I am actually thinking of either Portland or back to Atlanta. Knowing us, it will be some place that neither of us are thinking of :). My dad is having some health issues, and he needs to leave sometime soon, so the most important factor is making sure that he is taken care of and in the right spot.


Rachel December 8, 2009 at 1:51 am

Hello, I just came across your blog and this picture of your rocking chair. I absolutely love it and was wondering where you got it from? Your yarns are beautiful!


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