“It’s the most crazy time of the year”!

Looking up at the Tour Eiffel, my most favorite landmarks.

I know that the holiday season is often known as the “most wonderful time of the year” but for me it always means craziness! Busy, busy, busy. When I think of all that is going on over the next month and all I have to do, it feels like I’m looking up at the Eiffel Tower! A huge feat!

But it is also a wonderful time of the year. My husband and I both have December birthdays, and we have lots of festivities with the kids and friends such as school parties, decorating the tree, the house, sending out holiday cards, baking Christmas cookies, shopping for Santa, etc. Just as the holiday frenzy comes to a peak we will board a plane heading out to Virginia to spend Christmas with both of our extended families. It is going to be crazy!

Sophia putting the Angel on the tree. Max had no interest!


In the meantime, my social good blogging is picking up. I’ve received three requests to write posts on some cool projects happening around the world which I’m really excited to share. I just had my first Spanish conversation class today to start preparing for Honduras in a little over a month. I haven’t picked up my dusty notebook of Spanish verbs and words since I was in Guatemala last April thus it was quite intimidating. I realize how much I have to relearn and learn! But I’m hoping that the next three weeks of speaking spanish brings it back a bit so I’m ready for my next adventure. There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to communicate with people so I’m going to be working hard.

Plus holiday time means lots and lots of eating!

Have you ever noticed that life is like one giant roller coaster? Just when I feel like life is getting under control and perhaps even a little boring, it changes and picks up on high speed. I guess that is why they call life a journey, not a destination. You just need to go with the flow and remember to breathe!

How are you faring with the holidays? Is it crazy for you? Do you love or hate this time of year? 

This is part of my long lost “The Daily Run” series which are just ramblings or updates on my life. Now it is time to go on my run! Please bare with me as I catch up on responding to comments and reading your blogs. This month is just plain old busy! Thanks for reading! 🙂


  1. I am still trying to get into the Holiday spirit – I hosted Thanksgiving so was busy with that. I have put a few decorations up, but no tree this year since the house is in the process of being sold. Plus we will be going to Arizona for Christmas. Hang in there and Breathe, Relax & Enjoy!

  2. Love the two angels in your pic. 😀 We’ll be driving up to New York for Christmas, and I’m excited about that, but I find present buying is quite a chore, as nobody really needs anything, but they all expect something. I’d rather give the money to a good cause. I will heave a huge sigh of relief when all is back to normal after Christmas.

    • I feel the same way about the holidays. My kids need absolutely nothing and they both just had birthdays too! Arghhh. We try to keep it to a minimum. Should be wonderful for you to see your grandkids! 🙂

  3. I totally relate – I have to remember to close my eyes and take deep breaths 🙂
    I am going back home to Copenhagen to enjoy a Danish Christmas which I love, but before that ………. it will be lovely and crazy 🙂

    • Wow, I bet Christmas in Denmark is quite lovely! I have always wanted to be in Europe for the holidays as I can picture it all decorated in my head. Enjoy and yes we will take some deep breaths! 🙂

  4. i haven’t seen hershey’s kisses in —–years?!! i cannot remember the last time i saw one, and of course i had that urge to unwrap one and savor the dollop of chocolate!
    enjoy the holidays, and the spanish will come back fast!

    • Thanks so much Lisa! My class was hard today. I felt like I forgot everything! But I’ll hopefully get there. I’ve been eating those darn hershey’s kisses like crazy. I love chocolate and these have mint in the center! Double trouble!

  5. I’ll leave you in peace, dear. You are officially excused from commenting till Jan 6th (or thereabouts) I’m just chief cook and bottle washer. Lots of meals/meetings with friends in the run up to Christmas, but then a bit flat. Love the tree and all that but haven’t even started to shop yet. Enjoy your festive season.

    • Oh thanks Jo! But I leave for Honduras on Jan 6th!!!! 🙂 I haven’t shopped yet either as none of us need a single thing. So it gets tricky! Hope you enjoy the holidays too! But I’m sure I’ll be talking with you before then! 🙂

  6. Christmas spirit will start to creep out as I found my reindeer socks earlier this week. December is busy for all, but I know you’ll have a wonderful month.

    • Thanks! What is it like in China? Do they partake in the consumerism as I find that parts of Christmas aren’t really religious as it becomes more mass-marketed. I can’t wait to make my christmas cookies! Just wish it would snow here!!!! It is supposed to be in the 50s here and this is December in MN!!! Crazy climate change.

      • There are a lot of decorations and more and more Christmas music, but not really any of the less commercial aspects. Fr now I’m just enjoying the illusion, but will go to the US to really celebrate.

      • On another note, last night I saw the new Bond movie Skyfall and loved the scene set in Shanghai! It was so cool! The rest of the movie was not the best but that one scene made it worth seeing! 🙂

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