Wrapping Things Up & Spiel the Beans!

Christmas came and went over the course of 48 hours.  I’m not doing a Christmas Recap post.  If you follow me on social media you got your fair share of Christmas with this little family.

I will say it was a great time.  We all got some new technology, new duds, and gift cards.  This girl is especially thrilled over her new Gronkowski jersey shirt and Patagonia pull over (my hubs is good!)

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The day after Christmas we ventured to the mall like psychotic ants.  The mall is the giant mecca of food (clearance sales) and all the ants are marching towards it.  Honestly, it was not that bad.  When a nine year old gets a handful of Justice gift cards you must go to the mall immediately to use one.

How long do you keep your Christmas decor up?  I have been known to take it down the day after Christmas or wait until a day or two before New Years.  This year it came down on the 26th.  Note:  The tree is still up and the lights are still going strong!  However, I had to take the other stuff down, I just couldn’t do it anymore.

If you have holiday decorations to take down, here are a couple of storage ideas to consider.  Repurpose egg cartons to use as storage for ornaments. (via Unconsumption’s “holiday things” Pinterest board)  If you’ll be storing items in a basement or attic, reuse packets of desiccant, if you have some (e.g., from purchases of shoes or purses); toss them in to help keep things dry.      Use empty coffee cans to help keep strings of lights organized. Store spare bulbs and the st:
I had forgotten all about the great storage of egg cartons for ornaments!  Of course I don’t do this but should.  This picture is from Tumblr.

Leave it to this house to create some projects out of putting away Christmas stuff.  My husband started building me shelves in closets right and left!  I believe we’ll be knee deep in projects to share with you all in the next two to three weeks.

If anyone can help me with getting my nine year old to properly clean up her room (instead of cramming all the stuff under her bed or in a closet or box) please comment below immediately.  Lucky for her one of her very good friends turned nine on the 26th so she got a night away from home for a slumber party.  Lucky for me I got in her room with a trash bag and a donation bag.

I don't know how many times a week this comes out of my mouth.:

I have always been told the two weeks after Christmas are the best ones to go visit your local Goodwill.  Just sayin’…..

Today Shelly & Katy are hosting their Spiel the Beans link up with a topic of Spinning Your Resolution.  These pretty ladies are asking us what we are NOT going to do in 2017.  I can think of things I do not want to do in 2017 but some of them are out of my control.  Then it hit me – maybe control is what I need to give up in 2017.  The inborn desire to have control at all times in every single situation.

Look, I know I cannot control every situation! But I am a human, female, and Scorpio so I tend to not believe that I cannot control every single moment of the day!  When I sit my busy butt down and find some quiet I can give over control to God but not until I have 110% tried to do it all on my own and exhausted myself in the process!

Controlling my tongue is no problem. It's my facial expressions that need work.:
And then there is that control…Lord help us all.

Also…I’m not saying I’m going to have a carefree and reckless 2017 – NO!  But I have an issue with not being in control and it can come off very harsh and unsettling.  So what if 2017 is the year I learn to back off a little, take more deep breaths, blow more bubbles, color more pages, and just let things happen on their own without me creating the total strategic plan for how things will flow every single second.

I promise to keep control on health, nutrition, work, and safety.

My house may become a bit messier than I like but I won’t go crazy over it.

My kids may have to learn a bit more responsibility but that is life and part of being raised right.

Maybe in giving up some control I will find out how much happier life can be.

What about you?  What are you going to try NOT to do in 2017?

xoxo-

Amanda

 

 

 

7 thoughts on “Wrapping Things Up & Spiel the Beans!

  1. Ohhhh Mama….control is a tough one for sure. I remember when I added the 3rd kid at some point I just realized there were some things I had to let go or I was going to lose my mind! There are still a few things I hold tight to (like pantry organization, haha) but there are others I’m able to let go for a really, really long time. I just learned to shut doors and delegate duties without judging the way those duties get done. I WILL, however, spend time this week getting things “straight” while I’m off so at least we can start the new year fresh. Thanks for linking with us! 🙂

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  2. When it’s over, it’s over around here and those decorations came down yesterday. I was starting to feel claustrophobic. I LOVE Christmas decorations but it was time to get my house back and get things off of every single surface. I love your resolution about control. This is something I really need to work on. Also, I loved what you had to say about your home might not always being the cleanest, but your kids taking more responsibility for this. I have been the worst when it comes to giving my kids consistent chores. They do great at picking up and helping when I ask, daily chores are something that they need. They need a little more responsibility for our home. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Yeah, well, as soon as I can get my eleven year old to stop shoving stuff under her bed and in the closets, I’ll let you know! ALL my Christmas is put away till next year. So why do I feel like such a Scrooge?

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