I have spent the day doing laundry, deep cleaning the kids rooms and trying like heck to keep up on the rest of the day. We bought a new piece of furniture from a good friend that has made it possible to finally get the kids books organized. Before, the books were stacked into plastic crates behind our couch. I will take some pics tomorrow of the new arrangement.
Right this moment…I am cooking dinner, finishing up the last of the laundry and thinking about hog tying three overly-energetic children. Way too tired to do much of anything else. 7 A.M. laundry calls kinda do that to even the best of us.
Images below are two of my son’s school crafts. Both are in his bedroom as decorations.
Just before Christmas weekend, we had rain. Rain that melted a good part of the snow that covered the village. Then, it started snowing right before Christmas. It snowed and snowed and snowed.
We had a very white Christmas.
It was perfect.
Today, I am cooking a small meal for Christmas. A good friend is coming over to eat with us.
I am looking forward to a nice day full of warm conversation.
Large snowplows clear the roads all night and day long. Mini-snowplows clear the sidewalks during the day. It is a lot of work keeping up with all the snow we have been getting. Thankfully, the Swiss are masters at it!
I feel this silent anger sitting inside me. It is always there. It will at times escape in a not so silent furry. Afterwards, I shamefully shove those feelings back down into a dark place where I was taught those feelings belong.
For years, I guarded words inside me that I should have let out. Those words are coming out more and more in ways that I am mostly not proud of.
A need is there.
A need to talk about the anger. Or, at the very least to write out the feelings that I have let sit deep inside me for too long. Feelings hidden away so that I can go on lying to myself.
Those feelings lie inside me silently for a week, a month and sometimes even a year until they break out in a rage of emotion I find harder and harder to control.
I have decided to slowly let those feelings out in small healthy doses. Otherwise, I am afraid my life will always be haunted by a silent anger and the pain that goes with it.
We cut out paper snowflakes to decorate our kitchen and living room windows. I am super impressed with the result. It is very festive. We even had a neighbor tell my kids how much she liked to look at our kitchen window first thing in the morning. It makes her happy.
It is always nice when you answer your door with your fly open!
Kinda weird that I am not even sure if people even do the NOT! thing in the U.S. anymore.
We took a walk in the woods at the top of our village. It wasn’t a hard walk even if it was in the snow. I needed it to clear my head from the last week.
It is decided that I will take in a few children to watch. This way I can still stay home with my children and in the end I think we will come out with more money than if I worked outside of my home. We won’t have the cost of daycare or transport. We will be able to buy a car which will allow my husband to continue his watchmaking school. We were worried sick about how he would make it from his new job (starting in Feb.) to his night class in time. Now, we are moving ahead, again.
Saint Nicholas visited today. He came with his donkey laden with baskets full of treats (bags full of peanuts, candies, chocolate and clementines). My children ran ahead to greet him. Vilay (camera in hand) caught up with them soon after.
We took a walk around our personal winter wonderland. I don’t think I can ever get used to the beauty that lies right at my feet. The Jura is simply breathtaking. Even after three and a half years of living here, I still have to pinch myself to be sure that I am not dreaming.
Some of the photos from our walk…
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I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving (if you celebrate it) and a wonderful weekend!!!!!!