Friday, December 20, 2013

Home For the Holidays



This is an especially happy Friday for me as today I fly home for Christmas.  I have been blessed to spend every Christmas with my family, but this year I appreciate the fact that I'll be able to celebrate with them more than ever.

I am looking forward to 5 blissful days with my family at my parents' lake home.  Yes, Minnesota is cold but there is no place I'd rather be.  In no particular order, I'm looking forward to hugs from my nephews, board games in the evenings, face-to-face conversations with my parents, siblings, and their spouses, Scrabble matches with my grandma, delicious home-cooked food, playing cribbage with my dad, quiet afternoons spent by the fireplace reading, and homemade ice cream. 

My goal for this trip home is to live in the present as much as possible.  I don't want the fact that I will have to return to Charlotte on the 26th to weigh me down.  To help me live in the present as much as possible, I have asked my family if we could please not talk about my life here in Charlotte.  I know that may sound dramatic to ask them to avoid talking about a large part of my life, but I know I will get sad and depressed if I have to talk about how much I don't like it here and how anxious I am that I won't find an opportunity in the Midwest in 2014, so I'd rather just not discuss it at all, or as little as possible.  I will deal with my reality when I fly home on the 26th (and will likely be a puddle of tears), but while I am home, I want to just put it out of my mind and enjoy my time in Minnesota. 

I will be taking next week off from blogging so that I can focus on enjoying my time at home.  I'll be back to blogging during the final week of the year, though, with a list of my best books of 2013 so stay tuned for that!

For those of you who celebrate Christmas, I hope it's a joyful one!

14 comments:

Caroline said...

Merry Christmas and have a great time at home! My goal for when I'm home is to be present too : )

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

I am so excited for you. I know how much your family and being home means to you, so the fact you get to spend five uninterrupted days with them makes my heart happy. Go, take in the people, the lake house, the fresh air. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

missris said...

Have so so much fun with your family!

Abby said...

That song makes me cry every year. As does white Christmas. And "I'll be home for Christmas".

I am loving your plan to have a no C-word talk week! ;) enjoy and savor every second. I miss you guy more than you'll ever know!! Take lots of pictures please!!

Marlys said...

So happy to have you "home for Christmas" but we will miss the rest of the family! Abby, you & Ryan will be with us in spirit! And so will Chad, Emily, Kolin & Anna!
A very Merry Christmas to everyone out there!

26dishes.com said...

Have a wonderful and safe trip and enjoy every minute of it. Merry Christmas to your family too.

Jeanie said...

Have a wonderful holiday -- I think it's smart to avoid talk of things that bring you down. There are gracious ways to maneuver the conversation with a sentence or two and turn it back on the person who asked -- if they do! You'll be fine!

Got your card today! Love both the pix!

Amber said...

Have a great time at home with your family. I think it's a great idea you asked them not to talk to you about Charlotte. It can be hard to live in the present and enjoy the time with your family if you are thinking and talking about the future. You will have plenty of time to worry about all that after Christmas. Enjoy the next 5 days, I am crossing my fingers they go by as slowly as possible!

Nora said...

Have a great time, Lisa. You deserve every single second of it. big hugs to you and your family. xox

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

Glad you decided to go through with that plan :) I don't think it's dramatic at all- it's just asking for what you need, very reasonable!

I hope you have a wonderful trip home and enjoy every minute of it!

Lisa-Marie said...

Merry Christmas! I hope you actually got home today! I can't wait to see pics and read about it when you are home! :)

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

Enjoy your time at home!!! Have a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year! All the best to you in 2014!

Stephany said...

Ahh... I love the idea of not talking about that CITY while you're spending time with your family. Soak up every moment and my fingers are still crossed for a blizzard to delay your flight back. (I first wrote "flight home" but that's not right! You ARE home. Silly me.) :)

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

I hope you had an excellent time with your friends and family at home!

I had a really nice (but too short!) visit at home as well. We had a great time playing cribbage, making cookies and taking walks outside with the family.