By Cheryl Bac
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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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Celebrating all month long
Uploaded: Dec 14, 2016
As Christmas quickly approaches, I (like many parents) am trying to keep our kids' focus on spending time together and creating memories rather than solely on the gifts they will receive. From the Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade
to the Holiday Train
to the reindeer
at the California Academy of Sciences, there is always something festive going on.
As a kid, I don't remember Christmas festivities lasting all month long. We put up a tree and rehearsed for various celebrations at church, but most of my Christmas memories as a child are from actual Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. My grandparents leaving soot footprints by the fireplace so my brother and I would think Santa had come. And spending the day opening presents, talking, and eating a fancy meal together.
Maybe it's because holidays with young kids don't always go as planned. Kids get sick, tired, hungry or just have "off" days. Or maybe it's because pregnancy is similarly making my own energy-level and mood a bit less predictable this year. But by celebrating throughout the month, rather than waiting for one specific day, our family's been able to create holiday memories together even with the ups and downs that come with pregnancy and little ones.
What is it worth to you?
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