Too. Much. Pressure.
Holidays are a great time of getting together with friends, doing things as a family, making memories, enjoying annual traditions. But sometimes you get too busy and the pressure to fit it all in is too much.
We’ve taken the kids to a pumpkin patch as a day outing for the last three years. Each year it has been fun even through the cold, drizzly weather we get in Pacific Northwest. But this year we didn’t do it. Didn’t schedule it, didn’t make plans for it, nothing, nada. There’s been so much rain, we’ve been busier this year with the boys starting first grade, and most importantly there wasn’t one empty Saturday in October where we would have been able to recruit some of our friends to go along.
And that’s okay.
I felt guilty for a quick minute about letting it go this year. And then I’d look out at the pouring rain while pulling up my couch blanket and say “Nope”.
We have managed to pack in other kinds of fun this month. We did another home made family costume for Halloween. This year we did Finding Nemo: Marlin, Crush the sea turtle, two scuba divers (complete with the P Sherman mask label), and Nemo.
We visited Joel at work and got to walk the halls and trick or treat from desk to desk during the family Halloween party.
Alice as Nemo (complete with a lucky fin)
Graham as Marlin
Miles as Crush
The boys had fun taking inventory of all their candy when we got home. I think we’ve finally lost the ability to raid their candy after bed.
We also went to Nana and Papa’s house for carving pumpkins.
And for the last few days I’ve pulled out the Halloween crafts for some spooky creativity.
I had fun adding to our Halloween decorations and dressed up the mantle.
I’m liking this less pressure during the holidays thing. I think we’ll make it an annual tradition.
Did I mention we don’t do the Elf on the Shelf thing either (gasp!)