My Favorite Holiday & Why?

I’ve gotten so far behind on my series, “30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me.” I initially planned on finishing it up in 30 days. But, other duties distracted me from keeping up with it. Now that I think about it, pausing the series has been beneficial because I can now include Baby O in the last nine installments. I’m supposed to be up to number 21. But since we’ve just gotten over Christmas and New Year’s, I wanted to skip to number 23 – My Favorite holiday and why?

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When I was a kid, 4th of July was my favorite holiday. My aunt and uncle held a barbecue every year at their home in The Bronx. They whipped up all the best Jamaican dishes like rice and peas, pepper pot soup, and curry chicken. Add reggae music to the mix, I felt like I was back home. There were also the American staples such as burgers, hot dogs, and BBQ chicken.

Now that I’m all grown up and married with kids, I’ve got a lot to live up to in the holiday department. My relatives no longer live in The Bronx, so there are no more 4th of July barbecues to look forward to. But, Christmas has become ‘the holiday.’ I’ve even gone against my beliefs for the sake of my kids believing in the magic of the Holiday, including baking cookies for Santa.

I used to get so stressed out from trying to please everyone during the holidays, but I’ve realized that putting less pressure on myself makes the time of year go by so much smoother. I’ll continue to put all my focus and energy on my little ones. I’m more concerned with spending the time with my husband and kids. Watching them open their presents are precious moments I’ll never forget. I guess you can say Christmas has become my favorite holiday.

What’s your favorite holiday? Why?

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Teaching My Daughter About Setting Goals

Every year my mom used to give me a New Year’s resolution speech. She’d say, “It’s your chance to start off fresh, blah blah blah.” What started off as a rant actually stuck with me. To this day I still set goals for myself and reflect on the previous year to see how far I’ve come. Now that I’m a mom, teaching my daughter about setting goals is important.

I decided to do an exercise with her. We talked about what it means to come up with a new year’s resolution. We jotted her goals down to keep track of them before tucking them away in a safe place. Here’s a look at how it turned out.

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Celebrating Milestones on Christmas

This holiday season was extra special because it was Baby O’s first. It’s crazy how time flies! I feel like it was just yesterday when we welcomed him into our family.

In addition to celebrating Christmas, we celebrated Baby O turning five months old. But, that wasn’t the only surprise. He sat up for the first time ever on Christmas Eve. You can check it out for yourself!

My favorite part about being a parent is watching my kids grow. There’s nothing like celebrating a milestone.

Baby O sitting up

When it came to celebrating the holiday, we chose to keep things simple. Princess and I wrapped presents and placed them under the tree on Christmas Eve. We also baked cookies for Santa. Then the four of us watched Christmas specials until bedtime. We ended the night reading books, which included Twas the Night Before Christmas.

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Twas the night before Christmas

Christmas morning started with a nice healthy breakfast, followed by opening gifts. We then attended church and stopped by my in-laws.

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Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013
Christmas 2013

We made it back home in time to see my nephew and his Mom for a little while. I prepared dinner, and we enjoyed the rest of the day as a family.

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Baby O and Aunt Kim

Here’s to making more holiday memories and many more milestones!

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Happy Holiday Photos

I hope you all are enjoying the holiday season. We were a bit late in putting together holiday photos. So, I wanted to share some of them with everyone.

Holidays 2013

Holidays

Holiday 2013

Baby O 4 months

Holidays 2013

Holidays 2013

Holidays 2013

Holidays 2013

Holidays 2013

Princess & Baby O 3yrs,4mo

I realized that Princess has spoiled me rotten these past few years. Taking photos of her is pretty easy. I really don’t have to do much to make her smile and she’s pretty good at staying focused. Baby O is pretty good too, when he’s by himself. When it comes to taking holiday photos of the two siblings together, fuggettaboutit! You can also see them in action in the recent video I put together.

Baby O First Few Months from Weather Anchor Mama on Vimeo.

The most important thing is that they had fun!

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Making Chocolate Covered Pretzels for the Holidays

We’ve been going hard all weekend trying to tie up lose ends before the holidays. My hubby had to work over the weekend, so Christmas shopping was left up to me. I hit the ground running the moment I woke up on Saturday. I think I might have gone to at least five stores and stood on lines that stretched about a mile. Okay, I may be exaggerating a bit about the lines. But, you get the idea. Shopping took hours! I wanted to hurry back so that Princess and I could make chocolate covered pretzels for the holidays.

I know you’re probably thinking that I should have done all my shopping online, and you’re absolutely right. That’s exactly what I did last year. However, I was inundated with so many things that I kept putting it off. Needless to say, I finally got it all done. Plus, I was able to get some mommy daughter time in too and Princess helped me wrap all the gifts (except for her own, of course).

Holiday gift

 

We finally had time to make our chocolate covered pretzels. As you can see in the video, we hit a bit of a snag trying to complete our little project. Despite the minor set back, my little girl did a great job. Check her out!


Have you made any homemade holiday treats this year?

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Old Holiday Traditions Worth Reviving

Check out more holiday traditions worth reviving at BabyCenter.

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