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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Perfect December Day

It's not really in my nature to slow down, take it easy or sit still. Especially when I have days off work. I always feel like I should be doing something, or tackling projects and laundry. But this week I'm challenging myself to just enjoy each moment as it comes, and treasure the holiday. My kids are 5 and 10, so I know the precious years of their Christmas excitement will be gone before I know it.

Instead of worrying about things still un-done, we enjoyed a leisurely day strolling through the mall, and gorgeous Neiman Marcus. No other store has more beautiful holiday displays.






Instead of rushing them to the next store, we lingered in every department, for snuggles and daydreams.




Instead of worrying about ruining dinner (and my jean size), we savored hot popovers with strawberry butter. Okay, several popovers.


Instead of pushing for Santa (Babygirl wants nothing to do with Santa's lap), we giggled at the chance to meet Mrs. Clause.


Instead of worrying about traffic and schedules, we sat staring at the huge tree and ice skaters until everyone had their fill.




Instead of worrying about bedtimes, we treasured the darkness and all the neighborhood lights.



Instead of searching for the 'perfect' hostess gift, I tied a stylish free printable tag from Courtney and House of Fifty to an affordable bottle of wine.


It was a perfect day, with no stress, nagging or melt downs. Obviously every day can't be this way, but I'm learning to treasure the ones that can.

19 comments:

  1. Sounds like the perfect day! Treasure them, they go by quickly. Our oldest graduated from college last Tuesday and I still can't believe it!

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  2. I need to do as you do! "Instead of worrying about traffic and schedules..." Boy do I need to stop worrying!

    Btw...I absolutely love Cupcake wine! It has become my favorite!!!

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  3. Hey Cassie... this is so random, but your gold and black mirror also happens to be in crazy Kim's new "dream home" on the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Not a very exciting story once I typed it... so there ya go!

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  4. Love this! And I am so jealous that your babygirl is wearing flip flops!!

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  5. I'm glad that you could take this day and really savor it with your children. What a perfect day!

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  6. Sounds like the PERFECT Christmas day!! Love this! And those popovers are calling my name!! :)

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  7. Cassie, I guarantee your children will never remember the "perfect hostess gift" you provided to some random neighbour....but they will always remember having a lovely day with their Mum....watching skaters, sitting in toy piles and eating those yummy popovers. They are small for so brief a time. My boys are 10 and 15 now...we did this the other night too. Wandered around the mall....having treats and looking at Spiderman comics, watching aquatic frogs in vases.

    Merry Christmas. From my little pond to yours :) Your mermaid, Dharma

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  8. Looks like fun! What a great reminder to slow down and enjoy the holidays with my family!

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  9. WOW thank you for this post . . . I SO NEEDED IT! ....you are absolutely right, we cant do this everyday but we need to do it more often. I really want to try this myself, thank you for the inspiration and reminder. *** deep breath **

    stop by my blog if you get a chance, you can see why this post hit home : )

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  10. Love this. It is so spot on. My kids are 3 and 5 and the magic of Christmas is so very real for them right now - I am cherishing this holiday with them. Merry Christmas Cassie!

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  11. Aw what a fun day! Glad you're taking it easy this week! You deserve it (: And seeing Mrs. Clause sounds like a much better option! hehe

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  12. awesome. so glad you had such a wonderful day with your kids!

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  13. That's the stuff life is made of! So wonderful. And thanks for the sweet gift tag shout out.

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  14. Makes me smile to think about your wonderful day & the memories you children will have. Thank you for all the enjoyment I've gotten from your blog. I look fwd to it every day. Merry Christmas to you & family.

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  15. It looks like you spent a magical day with your children. I'm glad you took the time to make some memories.

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  16. that sounds just wonderful!!! what a great memory for years to come!

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  17. What a beautiful day, Cassie. This is what Christmas is about!!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Marie
    xo

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  18. Looks like a perfect day! Just stopping by to wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy peaceful New Year!
    Rachie xo

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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