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Merry Christmas All!

Monday, December 26, 2011

We just got back from my mom's house, where we had a low-key warm family celebration. We always end the day with a viewing of home movies, which was especially fun this year, as my son has a girlfriend and showing her was a lot of fun.

It really is more about the people, rather than the gifts or the food.

I hope your day was good as well!

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MCJULIEO 12/26/2011 11:11AM

    That sounds like a perfectly wonderful family tradition...

I am SO going to steal it!

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JANTWO 12/26/2011 1:50AM

    I had a wonderful Christmas!!!! I hope you have a very Happy New Year!!!!

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 12/26/2011 12:19AM

    I had a very nice Christmas too and glad you did too. Wishing you a wonderful New Year!

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Still sick

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Well, it is keeping me from overindulging on the high calorie goodies!
(Just trying to see the good side of things.)

Have a wonderful holiday, everyone!

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SAVANNAHZMOMMA1 12/25/2011 8:53PM

    I know it might feel like it will never end, but you'll love it when you feel better. I hope that that's really soon. I had a sickness for 3 weeks last month, and it was hard.

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NANCYBOAT 12/25/2011 8:04PM

    Hope you feel better soon!

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Happy Birthday to DS!

Friday, December 23, 2011

"All the world's a birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much."

~ George Harrison

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TURTLERAE55 12/23/2011 11:31PM

    Happy Birthday DS. I hope you enjoy your day.

Merry Christmas and Have a Happy New Year.

Be safe.

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Smile for the camera

Thursday, December 22, 2011

I've never particularly enjoyed having my picture taken. Although I'm a pleasant-looking person, I was unfortunately raised to believe that since I wasn't perfect, I was not attractive. It has taken me my entire adult life to "un-learn" this. I know that my mother did not mean to do this to me - but she did. Watching her hate herself for how she looked (GASP! She was a size 12-14 when I was growing up), made me learn to judge and hate myself too. Mom has OCD, and anxiety disorders (diagnosed by me - she'd never seek professional help) that prevented her from being a nurturing, positive force in my early life. She was not capable of unconditional love, and still struggles with that concept today.

Of course, I turned to food to numb the pain of my non-perfection and she flat-out did not know how to handle this. (Even though she overate too.)

Miraculously, I did not carry this cycle of pain forward to my own two children.
For this, I am forever proud and grateful.

Back to pictures - At family gatherings, Mom used to fight tooth-and-nail not to have her picture taken, sometimes upsetting everyone in the room before the struggle was over. It was awful - stress-producing and embarrassing. I, predictably, picked up this habit and carried it on until I had my own kids. At that point, I remember realizing that someone, someday, might be curious about what I looked like at 25 or 40 - my future generations should be allowed to see if they "looked like great grandma"!

It's not just about me, people!

In the family DH and I created, we don't take an abundance of pictures, but we try. When DD and DS began balking (at age 11-13ish), I took them aside and explained my reasoning, that their children's children might want to see them at 13, they each decided to put up with pictures patiently, and with teenage grace.

Here's to "breaking the cycle"!

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 12/23/2011 8:43AM

    Proud of you, Mama! You are doing your kids proud!

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BLUE42DOWN 12/22/2011 3:34PM

    Hehe, I always went at photos from the perspective of "I know I won't like how I look in them, so why does it matter if they're taken?" I may try to avoid them generally, but I'm not obsessive about doing so. So I don't have a LOT of pictures of me, but there are more than enough for grandchildren or beyond to someday see what their forebears looked like.

Good job recognizing the negative learned habit, overcoming it, and working to raise your children with more mentally healthy habits.

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TAMPATINK67 12/22/2011 2:54PM

    Cheers to you!

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THOMS1 12/22/2011 11:13AM

    I would have never thought of that. Good reasoning. I never like my picture taken either because I think I look better than it shows in the picture. How vain can you get? I am glad I read your blog.
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MCJULIEO 12/22/2011 11:12AM

    What a good mother you are!

Here's to enabling our children to shake off the bindings that could diminish their futures!

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GAILRUU 12/22/2011 10:26AM

    I am not photogenic so I don't look particularly good in pictures. I have never avoided them though I used to try to get in the back so it would be harder to see how heavy I was.

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MSBLT82 12/22/2011 9:28AM

    That is a really good point on taking pictures. I'm glad you are overcoming that issue!

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Glad DD is home

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I slept in until 10:30 today. Let me say that this is NOT my normal routine.
I have been sick for a full day now and I simply could not get out of bed this morning.
Could not. Period.

Thank heaven my DD is home for Winter break. She took the dogs out, tidied the kitchen and was working on her final paper for the semester when I came down from my bedroom this morning. It's great to have her home, and I appreciate her very much.

I'm feeling a bit better - my lower back agony has all but gone away and I managed to eat about 600 calories so far today. My gut is still gurgly, but much less so than yesterday.

I hope I can completely shake this "creeping crud" before the weekend!

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TAMPATINK67 12/21/2011 10:41PM

    Take care of yourself and I hope you feel better soon!

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