take the girls to see Santa (which Mia has been desperate to do)
look at some lights
eat dinner out
well the reality of my life is things never go as planned
so instead ....
the line was Soooo long Santa was skipped
as we got a late start everyone was hungry and grumpy so the lights were skipped
dinner did happen, but not where I had planned
boys home to do homework
shopping for me at Walmart for Ben's school project and Ethan's play
girls already in bed when I got home
as you can see someone else was a little upset about our change of plans and not seeing Santa
(I know you are all thinking - isn't she supposed to be the mom and a good example to her kids)
Although I have to say I managed to not throw any childish tantrums, or state more than once that tonight wasn't quite the Christmassie family night I had planned - which is actually progress when I recall some of my other (not so proud of) moments.
The reality is we were together. We smiled, laughed, argued a little, maybe even annoyed one another a little - but we were family, together, growing - so who cares if our night wasn't the "perfect greeting card" evening - I am totally satisfied, and loved my not so "perfect" Christmas night.