one of my FAVORITE things about Christmas day is the fact we just stay home. We do all of our family visits on Christmas Eve and it's always wonderful and magical (here is a picture of us at my sisters house on Christmas Eve)
we had dinner and then the younger children acted out the Nativity story as my sister read it for us. It's always been a tradition for the last several years to go to my dad's house and read the story.. infact my dad INSISTED on it.. before any gifts were exchanged.. it was the reason for the season. Last year was the only year we didn't.. I think we were all still so raw from loosing him, we didn't know how to cope and get through that night without him.. but something very special did happen last Christmas with my dad.. and Christmas eve.. probably one of my hardest and yet most favorite memories of last year. I wrote about it last year on christmas day.. you can read about that post here. Anyhow..
One of my favorite things about Christmas Day is just staying at home, hanging with my kids and my hubby.. wearing our pj's all day (except okay.. I do that alot anyway.. haha). Everyone playing with their new toys.. watching movies. Just low key.. oh and having a huge breakfast (which is a tradition we had growing up when I lived with my mom!).. love that. One thing I always love is that usually that is the day I do a project I have been wanting to do forever. not for work, not for someone else.. but for me. I would not worry about the messy house or the dirty kitchen and just craft or scrapbook (back in the day) or read that book I had been wanting to start. (I can't start a book unless I have time to finish it THAT day.. because I love to read and I get so lost in my book my entire house goes on "take care of yourself mode" until I am done! LOL) You probably know what I mean.
Well this year I was looking forward to it EVEN more.. because we had been traveling so much and had been gone so much. I have started making beaded wrap bracelets (many of you comment and ask me where I get the bracelets I wear in my videos).. . I love wearing a combination of leather bracelets that I have stamped words or names into and wearing it with a beaded wrap and then a simple braided bracelet out of thread or cord. I love just mixing and matching.. but wearing stuff that isn't clanky. Here is a few of the beaded ones I have made.
I spent a few hours before our Football trip last week gathering all the supplies.. cording, thread, beads.. you name it.. ready to just sit on the couch and watch movies and make all sorts of new bracelets for friends, family and myself. Well Christmas came and man for some reason.. after christmas morning and then after church.. ben and I came home... snuggled up on our couch and SLEPT until 6 PM!!! we didn't even eat.. let alone make that "christmas breakfast for our kids! lol..
We woke up to a phone call from our 15 year old asking us if we were going to come down to my dad's house for dinner.. since everyone else (my sisters and brothers)were already down there waiting for us to play games and have fun. I think we would have slept clear until the next day if he hadn't have called us. most of our kids were gone at down to my dad's house.. no wonder we slept.. the house was dead quiet! lol. and while sleeping wasn't a bad thing.. all day yesterday I kept thinking how BUMMED i was that i wasted my entire Christmas day sleeping.. the one day I get to really do what I want.. not feel like I have this responsibility to keep a clean house or answer an email.. or something! lol.. and I Slept! So all day yesterday while I worked I kept thinking.. oh I just want to go back and to yesterday and only sleep for like an hour and THEN make those dang bracelets! lol..
Today I woke up.. ready to get into my studio and paint.. as I have 20 or so new designs I had told my agent I would get to her by the end of this week for my portfolio.. (for the licencing show in January).. and I just could NOT get motivated! I had the inspiration.. I knew what I wanted to create.. but I just had NO motivation to do it. so guess what? instead of working today (and man I hope Jan, my agent, isn't reading this! lol i love you jan! ).. well instead of working.. I got back into my pj's.. sat in my bed .. watched the new show "scouted" and made bracelets.. ALL day. I kept texting my friend Meredith.. that I should be working, not wasting time.. and she kept texting back.. that she was proud of me! lol.
So the point of this post? well nothing really.. I had was just here in my office thinking how I was going to plan some fun creative blog for tomorrow.. about creating some wonderful art.. and yet I didn't do any of that today.. I just sat and made adorable bracelets for people I love.. I guess that sometimes those moments are just ones we need. This morning I woke feeling un-motivated and just not wanting to do ANYTHING.. and now..after spending the day just doing something I wanted to do.. but shouldnt have.. I feel TOTALLY inspired and motived to get back to work tomorrow and get all my assignments done before the new year. and it felt good. I hope you all sometimes take a little time out of YOUR busy day and life to just do something that maybe doesn't feel important or like you have time for but that makes you feel good. :)