The Christmas Way-Back Machine: Day 1
The Christmas Way-Back Machine: Day 3

The Christmas Way-Back Machine: Day 2

As I explained on Tuesday, I'm letting my Christmas Memories journal inspire my blog posts during this busy time of year.

Today, let's head back to . . . 

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Back in 2002, Erin was 13 and in 8th grade; Brian was 10 and in 5th grade.  And they were busy, busy kiddos!  These were the days . . . when I felt like all I did was drive!  (Because, actually . . . all I did was drive.)  Erin was deep into her musical activities -- singing in several choirs (both in and outside of school), taking voice lessons and piano lessons, and had recently added both forensics and theater.  And Brian? Well . . . Brian played travel hockey.

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My Christmas journal entry in 2002 . . . was written by a mom exhausted by the season -- and ready for a long winter's nap!  If you've ever had a musician-kid, you know that December is just going to be filled-to-bursting with performances. And hockey . . . well, hockey is a winter sport in full-throttle by the time December comes around, with no breaks for the holidays.  

It was a busy time -- but it was also a time filled with beautiful music and exciting hockey action.  These December activities -- the music and the hockey -- only intensified through the years, as the kids grew and moved on to high school.  It was just . . . our normal, family life at that time, and we fit Christmas in with the rest of it.

Back in 2002, my journal tells me that sandwiched between all the various music programs and Christmas parties and the shopping-wrapping-baking, Brian's hockey team played in two tournaments that December!

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And they WON one of those tournaments!

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(Brian is in the back row; 3rd from the right.)

Winning games happens often enough in hockey, but winning tournaments?  Not so often.  So this was a Big Deal!  During a busy December back in 2002 . . . this was definitely a highlight moment.

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On a day like today - when I'm busy putting the final touches on our solstice party this evening, it's important for me to remember that my Decembers now - with my kids way, WAY out of the nest - are so much more . . . well . . . uneventful!  Reading those Christmas journal entries from my kids' "busy-years" are fun reminders of a crazy time in our lives, but I wonder how I had the energy!  I marvel at how I managed.  No wonder I was so tired.

So.  Solstice party tonight?  Bring it!  After bringing two busy kids through many happy Christmases, this is NOTHIN'!

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