Friday, November 20, 2009

I Don't Love Holidays

There, I said it... Don't get me wrong, I love my family and I love spending time with them, but I hate the expectations of holidays. I always feel bad when the people I love have an idea of how a special day "should" be and then are dissapointed when it doesn't turn out perfect. I have much more fun when it's a regular day that turns out great. Lets not have any preconcieved notion of how the day "should" be. I like the days when we say...Hey, let's make a fire and roast marshmallows in the backyard...or, let's watch a movie with the projector on a sheet hanging off the porch in the back yard. Hey, here's an idea...if we can't all get together on Christmas let's have "cookie day" and just hang out all day and bake cookies while drinking coffee spiked with bailey's and kahlua. I've had so many of these great "regular" days with my kids and grandkids that I really don't care what happens on Thanksgiving. I'm really just thankful that wherever they are and whatever they are doing, they are healthy and happy and with people that they love and that love them.

Speaking of regular days, last week my husband just decided he needed to see our daughter Katie and our grandkids. He drove 15 hours in one day to get there and surprise them. He needed a break from life and I think they appreciated the surprise visit.

I scrapped this page of the day they spent at the aquarium. This was one of those regular days that turned out great. I used Dream Big Designs kit called Scare Those Crows and it is available at My Life and Scrap. Cheri makes great kits and they all have the cutest elements. I will definitely be showing off some more of her kits soon.

And this LO is of my daughter Krista and her boyfriend Joe on a hike in LA... Another regular day that turned out great. For this LO I used Urban Jungle by RebeccaPSP and it is available at My Life and Scrap. Rebecca's kits are probably my favorites.

All three of my daughters are grown and have lives of their own, but I get to see through their pictures that they all appreciate the greatness of a regular day and for that I am most thankful.

Here's an adorable QP from MLAS for the last of your Halloween LO's. The October Megas were great, one was sweet and the other was scary and you should check them out. You can DL this QP here.


  1. Oh, my! That's my opinion too about the holidays and "perfect" days! Love yor LOs, the design and the meaning too. :)

  2. You are sooooo right.....but i think that christmas has that effect in Holland. But isn't it the same all over when family and friends get together? Whether it be a birthday party or a gala dinner, don't we all go there with expectations.....

    Love the lo's

    Hugs Jacquie

  3. Love your post and agree with you. Fab pages and thanks for the QP!

  4. I absolutely love holidays, but regular days that turn into great days just can't be beat!!

  5. Glad that you are enjoying a regular day. I got up early, grocery shopped, stored a ton of groceries, did the laundry, uploaded a DVD ofover 3 gigs of scrapping stuff (had to make room for new stuff!), and am getting ready to take a nap!

  6. That is just how I want my Thanksgiving to be. I don't even have a turkey. And honestly I don't feel like spending the day cooking for my family. I do that everyday. I want to just relax with them and have fun.

  7. we have 20 people coming over, two 20 lb turkeys, three kinds of stuffing, three kinds of potatoes, pineapples wrapped in bacon (obviously)..and dessert..Mmm i LOVE holidays..and you mommy.