Thursday, December 11, 2008

Thoughtful Thursday

I pretty much suck at wordless Wednesday. It's been less than 12 hrs and I can't stand having a post with almost no words. LOL.

I enjoyed looking at the photos side by side. The expressings are genuine. I like it. They both look more mature this year. I find it amusing that the kids chose basically the same color shirts for the photo year to year. Funny!

Yesterday was rough due to lack of sleep, but I slept well last night and feel energized this mornings.

Great comments about the Christmas stress situation. It has a lot to do with trying to meet the expectations of others. I have decided not to do cookies. I'm skipping an exchange party that had me stressed out. I'm cutting way down on cards. I put up only the decorations that I wanted and put the rest back into the closet. We did gift boxes for four orphans in Mexico several weeks ago and that felt meaninful. A lot of this other stuff is just stuff. I feel better now.

I've done fairly well with my workouts so far this week. Monday - strength. Tuesday - run. Wednesday - strength. And as soon as I get up off my rear, I'm heading off for a run.

Have a good day!

20 comments:

  1. Lisa that's great :-) I'm glad you've cut your Christmas stress level. Sounds like it was a good thing :-)

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  2. At least you get your kids to smile for a picture. My kids act like I'm lining them up in front of a firing squad.

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  3. Missed your post yesterday, but the photo looks great!

    Good idea to cut down on things... you're supposed to ENJOY the holidays.

    Awesome job on the workouts too, sista!

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  4. Glad you were able to reframe things and cut down on your stress level. Now you can enjoy the true beauty of the season! :)

    And of course the workouts help, too, right?

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  5. Good for you for getting rid of some of the causes of the dreaded holiday stress. You are right - it is all about what others expect from us, and congrats to you for doing what is right for you! :)

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  6. I am a fan of words, too, but those are sweet photos! This month is so stressful. Definitely take care of yourself. The biggest challenge is separating the "meaningful" from the "just stuff" and you're already there!

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  7. hehe love that you put up the booties logo

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  8. Those are great pics. Gives me hope that I can eventually send out a card with ONE pic on it where BOTH my kids look good instead of TWO pics where in each, one looks good & the other looks completely asinine.

    ENJOY your hopefully less stressful holidays!

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  9. Great picture of the kids. I can never get mine to smile. My card last year was the boys punching each other. *sigh*

    I am glad the holiday stress level came down.

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  10. Good job on the stress reduction. Enjoy!

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  11. Nice work on managing your stress level. Your kids are way cute too. I love the floppy hair!

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  12. Why do we all stress so much over Christmas? It's crazy. I do too. I'm glad you've cut it down as well.

    Great pictures!!!

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  13. We made the same decision about decorating this year. My oldest son acted like it was going to ruin his life if we didn't put every single decoration out but I think he has forgotten now. I actually think it looks better.

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  14. Glad you found a way to stress less! Cute pics of the kids too.

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  15. I recommend Sam's club {if you have one} for some great treats, in bulk, great prices and no dishes. I hosted a wine party 2 weeks ago and people were astonished with the food. Have a good weekend!

    p.s. the new shoes are fabulous. i need to get another pair

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  16. Re: your Christmas post, I've given myself options some years to skip cards, the tree, etc. And someone sent me this which I thought was very cool and got me to change how I thought about Christmas this year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVqqj1v-ZBU

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  17. Enjoyed seeing the photos of your kids. I don't know if I'd have been willing to stand next to my brother that age ;-)

    Good to hear you've done some things to reduce your holiday stress. I'm quite sure holidays were never meant to be so painful.

    Hope you have a great run!

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  18. What is Christmas without stress? Heck, I'm getting ready to go piss off a family member right now. Hmph....

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  19. The run will make you feel better. I know what you mean about holiday stress! And it's supposed to be FUN!

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