Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Kari's Kave: What's in your stocking?

Today is Wednesday...hump day! Is the week half over, or do we still have half a week left?

Are you a glass half empty or glass half full kind of person? Do you even know?

With so much to do this holiday season: shopping, wrapping, holiday cards, stocking stuffers, groceries, cleaning ... DEADLINES ..., I have been freaking out. I suddenly realized I've been dwelling on the fact that I'm a slacker and haven't finished.

I kept whining, "Oh, my gosh, I have sooooo much left to do!" I still have to shop, I still have to wrap, I still have to get groceries, I still have to clean...oh, and by the way, I have a deadline!

After annoying myself, I finally took a hard look at what I had already accomplished. It amazed me at how much I've actually gotten done. I'm almost done shopping, I've wrapped quite a bit, I've at least made my grocery list, and ... hello ... I've managed to squeeze in some writing every day. On top of decorating, sending out Christmas cards, and making cookies.

When I stop and really think about it, that's impressive given the fact that I have four kids who have "many" needs and are involved in a lot of activities, and my husband travels!

So from here on out, my glass will be half full. And look...I still have half a week left until Christmas :-)

On another note, do any of you have stockings? Any stocking stuffer ideas? What's in your stocking...inquiring minds want to know :-)

Happy holidays, everyone! May you have a wonderful eve and day filled with laughter and friends and family.


Kari Lee Townsend said...

To stuff or not to stuff, that is the question :-)

Liz Lipperman said...

You have done a lot, Kari. I have always thought I was a half full kinda girl, but lately, with deadlines, I have somehow slipped into the whiner/woe is me mode.

Your post was like a slap up the side of the head. From now on, I'm staying true to my half full thing.

As we prepare for the holiday season, let's all take time to say happy birthday to the ONE who made it all happen.

Cassy Pickard said...

Kari: You made me laugh, as usual. I've been in bed with a cold/flu/something for the last few days and have been in a panic. Thank God for the Internet and free delivery. I'd be up a creek without a spoon otherwise. Yet, you are so right.

In our house we've had three expressions that have lived on for thirty years. Our kids roll their eyes. 1) It's time to make lemonade. 2) Our glasses are half full; what comes next? And, 3) Keep the little things small.

I can remember my husband and children returning from a pre-Christmas outing. Mom was told not to come along. They witnessed a minor bumper thumper while sitting at lunch and watching out the window. The woman who was hit rushed into the restaurant terribly upset. Jon turned to the kids and asked, "What's rule number one?"
"Don't panic," answers my older daughter.
"And then?" he continued.
"Don't panic some more?" my younger piped.

We are all blessed. Now with lemonade, half full glasses, small things staying small and no panic we can love, enjoy and share our incredible good fortune with those around us.

hugs to each of you, Cas

Kari Lee Townsend said...

It's easy to get sidetracked and feel stressed and crazy with our insane lives, but then when we reflect, we realize things could be so much worse.

I'm staying half full!

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Great messages sent to your kids, Cassy :-)

Have a fabulous holiday and remember not to all works out in the end!

Get well soon.

Lindsay said...

You can stuff a turkey.
You can stuff yourself eating.
You can stuff the family in the car to go to family and friends.
You can stuff words on the page to get the book finished.
You can stuff yourself into last years outfit (it shrank, you didn't grow), by why bother since you're not going to stuff yourself with food this holiday and that new dress in the store is so beautiful.
You can stuff presents under the tree.
So, why bother stuffing the stocking.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

LOL Lindsay....because it's tradition and my kids would kill me if their stocking was empty :-)

Lindsay said...

In that case you'd better stuff their stocking but if they don't like what they find tell them I've got a few good ways to off someone which don't include tea of foie gras

KC Stone said...

LOVE that stocking!

Years ago when things were very very slim, we started a new tradition and that was... no big gifts, just as much stuff we could pack into a stocking for under 20 bucks.

Now, while things are less slim, we still skip the big gifts and stuff a stocking for each other with everyday items that we grin at knowing about each other. THere is no longer a 20 dollar limit so I get things like my favorite foot cream tucked alongside chapstick, special soap and a funny shaped new memory stick.... And I fill his with colored pens, comfy insoles, a funny ballcap and a gift card or two.

And as for half empty or full... I too love that half a glass of lemonade! ;)

Anita Clenney said...

I'm in overwhelm status right now myself. I have so much to do before we leave town. But I'm going to be positive and take it one step at a time. Glass half full!!!

We do hang stockings and I put all kinds of goofy things in. Ear buds for the iPods, gloves, dvds, tobacco for Austin :), beef jerkey for Caleb :), earrings. You name it. If it fits, I'll cram it in the stocking. The dog's stocking looks like it's choking on a wreath. A rawhide wreath!