The Grinch Came.

The Grinch came to visit us yesterday.  I don't think this specific Grinch was hairy and green or one that is going to steal Christmas and then bring it back.  I definitely don't see it coming back.

Our house was robbed yesterday.  In broad daylight.

iPad.  iPhones.  MacBook.  Electric guitars.  Camera.  Watches.  The list is longer but I am just so sad typing it out that I won't.  But you get the idea......this Grinch got quite a load from his visit.  And yes, in true green hairy fashion, he took the gift bags underneath the tree.

Its 24 hours later.  The fingerprint dust has been cleaned up.  New items added to the To Do List for the police and insurance.  The first floor of the house is put back together. I still need to re-organize our closet and clean up the master bedroom and do another search for missing things.  Passwords need to be changed and alerts added to accounts.

I am thankful that none of us were home.  I am glad that they didn't hurt the dog while they were here; poor dog was so upset all day and even today is still laying around sad.  They got STUFF. MY stuff.   HIS stuff.  OUR stuff.

The Grinch may have gotten my camera and all those pictures not yet downloaded but I REFUSE to allow him/them to keep my family's sense of security in our own home.  It's Christmas time - less than 10 days until Christmas morning.  I WILL find the spirit again in these next few days...one of hope and love and joy and safety.

And I know that spirit is still in this house as I look at my mantel and smile.  I see a family who in all our tough times, has stuck together and we have made it through them all. This is no different.  We will pull together and fight through the next few days of uncertainty and come out smarter about security, more grateful for what we do still have, and more determined to find peace and joy in the small things.


7 minutes of Thoughts

The house is quiet. I can hear the construction crews next door and the dog barking outside.  But inside, there is silence.  

It's naptime. We have played and cleaned and watched a movie and done at least one carpool trip already today.  After this small bit of quiet, we will do all of that again before dinnertime.  

At some point, I need to finish cleaning the kitchen --- started a few hours ago but there are still piles of old dishes and of plastic tops that are missing their plastic containers waiting for the trash.  There is also two loads of laundry that need to be folded and put away.  Please dont ask how many loads are waiting for their own turn in the machines.  

The chaos is quiet for now.  Which gives me time to think (and actually eat a meal sitting down).  So what am I thinking about?  

How great my kids are.  

How messy this kitchen is and why i decided to clean out cabinets today. 

How fast the minutes are going by today but how slow each hour is. 

How I am feeling so frustrated with my own parenting skills lately. 

How we are going pull together the holidays on a much stricter budget this year. 

How I cant wait for a date night this weekend (I have a slight recollection of what those are but hoping for just some good time alone with the hubby out of the house.)

How excited and anxious I am for the phone to ring with new opportunities and new customers and new ways to get to where I want to be.  

How I am so grateful to be home with my babies and so sad that it will end sometime soon.....which has made me cry into my cold mac-and-cheese.   

............and now after 7 minutes of quiet, I hear the sounds of a waking baby and a preschooler destroying his room.  No more thinking.........time for work! 


Happy 1st Birthday Delaney!

September 18 is a special date in our lives.  September 18, 2002 was the first charity golf tournament that the hubby and I produced together to benefit the National Capital Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  September 18, 2004 was out original wedding date (until we moved up the wedding for the sake of Bill's mother whose health was failing and so that we would be married when our first baby arrived).  September 18, 2014 is the birthday of our last baby who completed our family is ways we didn't even know needed completion.

Happy birthday sweet baby girl.  Your bright eyes and smile light up our life.  The way you love your siblings is amazing -- so young and yet you know how special those two people are in your life already.  I have loved every moment with you this first year and am so so so excited to see what you have in store for us.  Watching you turn from a baby into a toddler -- seeing your personality emerge -- has just been amazing.  You are hysterical, determined, sweet, and funny and are the light of our lives.

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