in the big woods

December 19, 2011


This picture is from like two weeks ago. You know, when I should have been focusing on Christmas to-do lists, but was instead just walking around Target aimlessly, not buying anything.

Now I’m all stressed and I wish Christmas didn’t have to be that way and sure I do a lot of it to myself by procrastination but it also seems like even if I do some things ahead of time, the lists just keep adding stuff to themselves. (yes, I realize that’s a hugely confusing run-on sentence but I’m too tired to change it.)

I wish this season was more like it was on the prairie. You know, with the Ingalls, in the little house. Just candy and a violin and some food to make the whole family overjoyed. No hustle and bustle, just a cozy fire and some singing and tradition.

Anyway. I love Christmas. I really do. I especially love the idea of Christmas being like that.

I really have no point. I just wanted to share the Elsie at Target photo because I love Elsie and Target and the way the lights are. And now I have to go keep spinning my wheels. Why is that when I have a Christmas to-do list, I suddenly believe that all other things have to be done too? Like all the laundry and cleaning? That’s just silly.

The End.

P.S. I asked Asher what I should do to stop being so stressed and he said, “Eat more.” Apparently I’m teaching really good coping skills.

(I like that idea. Where are the sugar cookies?)


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Liv December 19, 2011 at 11:15 am

I wish Christmas, no, most of life was that way too.


molly December 19, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I’m stressed too. My just write post from last week was about how I wish Christmas wasn’t about gifts. I’m not even close to being done yet. But this is how I am. I wait until the last minute to finish. Dare I say that my procrastination has become a tradition? :)

The Target photo is perfect!


Jessica December 19, 2011 at 2:15 pm

I just had a nice, healthy discussion about Christmas and expectations and different choices for next year. I want to find a new way to celebrate with the kids next year and I think I am gettin closer to a decision. Less stress. More love. More giving. Sleeping babies in carts make for lovely strolls in stores.
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angela December 19, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Sigh. I am like this, too. I love the season, but I wish I could pause each day and savor it a little more, instead of running around.


Ann December 19, 2011 at 2:55 pm

You do have a point, and I wish desperately we could chuck this whole gift tradition out the window.

But that’s easy to say as a grown up. Especially a grown up who got plenty of nice gifts growing up.



Adventures In Babywearing December 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm

That is a REALLY great picture.

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Layla Payton December 19, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Hee-hee. I saw this pic on Instagram. I get such a kick from your photos on there. Thanks again for coming up with “Just Write.” It’s a great way to blow off steam, jot down craziness, or get sentimental.

P.S. Sugar cookies cure things. I am sure of it.


MamaBear December 20, 2011 at 12:05 am

I can totally relate to the part about things on the table…it’s like that here too except today the teacher gifts went to school because I WANTED MY DINNING ROOM TABLE BACK! Of course the space those baskets were on is now filled with craft supplies from an art project Julia is doing.

I think we forget that even the FUN and Magic of Christmas takes up space and time and since we don’t get a break from the day in and day out of life ANY extra thing seems like a lot. I’m still trying to put into words how peaceful this year is for me despite a long to do list. I’m sure having steady income makes a huge difference, but I’m not stressing about little things like the fact that I don’t have Elsa’s stocking done or the fact that five frames sit empty on my mantel because I haven’t printed the stocking holder photos yet.

Have a very Merry Christmas Heather! I was so glad to hear the news about Elsie’s CT scan!
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Elizabeth December 20, 2011 at 10:23 am

Eat more. Smart boy you have there.

I’m feeling the same way this year, by the way. Big hug.
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