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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl... (More)
About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons including Chicago and Boston. Exercise is an integral part of my life. I hope to one day go back to long distance running and tackle the New York City Marathon. Right now I run after my one year old son. Although I am a stay-at-home mom, we are rarely "at home." My mom also stayed at home with my brother and me. She warned me that, although rewarding, it can be isolating. So, with her help, I learned the importance of getting out into the community and meeting other mothers. On the rare occasion when I am at home and have a hand or two free, I squeeze in time to scrapbook. As a new mom, many challenges are thrown my way. I hope my opinions, triumphs, and struggles help experienced parents reminisce, new parents cope, and parents-to-be get an honest glimpse of what the first years of motherhood can entail. (Hide)
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Our kids are not very enthusiastic about Thanksgiving this year. Maybe it's because we aren't traveling anywhere. Maybe it is because there isn't candy (like Halloween) or gifts (like Christmas). Maybe it's because our regular play dates and classes are being postponed. And maybe it is because Thanksgiving means we are still a few weeks away from Christmas.
At first I searched for different Thanksgiving activities, decorations and crafts for them. But those made it even clearer that our kids just weren't very interested. So instead, I decided to follow their lead and also get into the Christmas spirit a little early this year. Last week we made a gingerbread house (and ate it) and started singing Christmas carols.
I hope our kids eventually become more excited about celebrating Thanksgiving. But, in the mean time, we will be spending this holiday season being thankful, giving, and spending time with family and friends. Who cares if the gingerbread house gets eaten before the turkey is cooked.