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Ahh! Christmas break has been a wonderful two week period for me and family. We spent within our budget for the holidays, I prepared enough "really good" food for my family single handedly and kept goodies coming to keep them all happy. We spent many a night playing together on the Wii and Wii fit plus we got on Christmas, the many board games our children got or just Hot Wheels on the living room floor. It was what they call a stay-cation I guess! My husbnd normally takes two weeks off but because of a still strugging come- back economy he opted to save one week for later this spring and focus on his month end. Having this last week, between Christmas and New Year's, to see how much we really enjoy each other has been quite a new experience. We no longer have children under 3 and this season we got to experience a whole new way for us to relax together we haven't known before. We had Fun!!! And…my husband and I actually found out we enjoy cooking together in the kitchen and preparing our week of dishes and snacks. After a decade of marriage I dare say we have always had one saucepan that I knew of until my mother in-law took pity on us along with my mom this year and bought us cookware. When Monday morning after Christmas rolled around both our phones began beeping at 8am. Email messages were dinging on both our desktops and kids were climbing into our bed in their little voices saying "can we play now, you said you would". We made a promise to each right there that we would disconnect for that week. No email, no texts, no Facebook, no Twitter, no Youtube. It almost worked too! I did slip in some Facebook time from here to there, I found myself on Youtube once or twice. Texts were kept down but that was really hard too! It is so hard for us to disconnect ourselves from the virtual world. It is so hard to process all the information firing at us rapidly with the same brain that processes each piece of information one issue at a time. So among all the distractions in my life, seems I am now unable to walk past my desk without checking to see what RHOA's Kim Zolziak is doing on her Twitter update? Dave Ramsey says that we should pay attention to the effects our attitude about money has on our children. They are very aware if money is most often a topic in their homes and it influences them at a very young age. We should also be aware of the attitudes we are passing down to them about technology. How many of us have told our children, "in a minute" when we are really doing nothing…but maybe checking out Perez Hilton updates or texting a friend? Guilty! Bayne and I have talked extensively in our marriage about wanting to subscribe to the simpler life. That is what Lulagrace is all about. Named after my grandmother Lula, the company seeks to make life easier to find for all my clients. And I find that I do that best for myself when I focus on God and my family. When I allow outside distractions into my life they give way to negative thoughts. Peer groups can be just as harsh in your middle age as they were in 7th grade! When I focus on my family, like making them a plate of homemade fudge and hot chocolate for by the fire, I feel such great warmth inside, a peace and calm that is just nice. All these distracting gadgets and even people can really take us away from our responsibilities. Like planning and preparing for our home. Saving money, keeping a stocked pantry, preparing for college and living on what we make. So this year, try not to get caught up in all this new technology being thrown our way. Keep it simple, prepare for a rainy day, and take at least one weekend out of the month to arrange a complete disconnect. A stay-cation to check in with each and see what's going on with everyone…have fun!!! Happy 2010!!!

posted on: 1/7/2010 2:00:00 PM by Melissa Searcy
category: Family

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Melissa Searcy is a professional organizer and independent decorator now living in Jasper, AL. Formerly of Montgomery, Melissa owns Lulagrace Interiors where she was a regularly featured guest on morning television and had articles featured in the local newspaper and many local monthly publications. For more information you may visit her at www.lulagrace.com. Melissa is also a member of the Facebook community at Facebook.com/melissa.searcy or on Twitter at Twitter.com/LulagracePO.

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