My Favorite Gift

by HEAB on December 17, 2013

I went to a yoga class today – a Svaroopa yoga class to be exact.  A woman in my neighborhood offers classes in her home, and when she posted the info to our neighborhood message board, I thought, why not?  Getting there was not a simple task.  Our nanny was going to watch Summer and Hannah, and I was going to take Charlie and Katie over to my mom’s for the morning.  Simple enough, but let’s just say that by the time I arrived at my neighbor’s studio, I was not in a good mood.  Trying to get four little ones ready and out the door in the morning is not always fun.  Somedays, things go smoothly, but other days, there are last minute poop blowouts, misplaced lovies, someone doesn’t want to put on a coat, not enough snacks (NEVER enough snacks!), etc.  Anyway, with much help, I made it to the yoga class, and it was bliss.  The class was just what I needed, starting and ending with Savasana with some core opening poses in-between.  It was great to be back in a class with a good and caring instructor – makes such a difference for me.  You know what else I realized I missed?  The smell.  The teacher was burning a blend of citrus essential oils, and I could smell hints of lavendar from somewhere else in her house.  Oh my, it was wonderful and made me think about other things I miss from pre-mom life.  I miss deciding to go to a mid-morning yoga class at the last minute and then arriving ON TIME.  I miss practicing massage therapy and the smell of the oils and lotions I used on my clients.  I miss my favorite 90-minute vinyasa class and how the teacher would rub our feet and adjust our shoulders during Savasana.  Sigh, I miss my toned yoga arms.  While pondering all of this, I pulled up to my mom’s house, walked inside, and poof, those thoughts disappeared as soon as I saw the smiles on Charlie and Katie’s faces, so happy to see their mom.  This is my life now.  I’m a mom, and for now, there is not a lot of time for the yoga studio.  Both Chris and I have had to make sacrifices as parents, but in the end, I am so happy and thankful to be given the gift of motherhood.  It truly is a gift, the best one I’ve ever received..and now if I could just figure out a way to make the diaper pail smell like peppermint and lavender.  😉

OK, enough of my random musings.  The holiday season is upon us, and the HEAB household has had a lot of fun getting ready for Christmas and making the house all festive…

One mantle, six stockings – I love it!

Our graham cracker gingerbread houses.

Our tree – amazingly enough, all ornaments and lights are still intact.

Thanks for listening and wishing all of you out there a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.