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Headless Mom

This is a crappy time if year to feel that way but January is right around the corner. We're all going through it. And march is only 3 short months away!'


Thank you, I so needed this reminder right now.


I think we all go through times like this. This week has been rather stressful with a brief lull this morning and now again its back to stressful. Thank you for the knowledge that others feel this way. Thank you also for the extra knowledge that this too shall pass. Hugs and Blessings for you!


I grew up around ballet. I can't remember a time when I didn't have every note Tchaikovsky wrote etched into my psyche, but one of the problems with knowing something by heart is never stopping and thinking about it. Your description of The Waltz of the Snowflakes is so so so perfect.


I so enjoy your description of the dance!! I can picture it in my head (also I have seen The Nutcracker waaaaay too many times). Growing up, my sister was into ballet. One of her friends danced "Clara" for several years in Chicago's biggest production of the show so every year, we went. You can only see it so many times and then it's like enough already!! But my mom was determined to carry this tradition on with my children. She took them once and I had to put my foot down. Which is what YOU need to do!! Try really hard to separate out the wants from the needs, the musts from the maybe I don't have to's. Sometimes we get so caught up in the frenzy of the season that we forget to slow down and really think about what is necessary and what people can live without.
However, the hardest part is the waiting, for the kids - my son has asked me almost daily why it can't be Christmas yet, and I don't even think any of what he is getting as presents is that spectacular! Hang in there, Carmen.


My three girls dance and have danced a swath of roles in the Nutcracker for the past 8 years. I love your analogy of the Waltz of the Flowers to this time of year! How apropos! My favorite part is the waltz in the beginning of the first act with the parents at the party.

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  • Carmen Staicer is a whirlwind of energy and execution, who never sleeps and drinks way too much coffee. She works from home as Social Media Programs Manager for SheKnows, and is the mom to six kids, most of whom play instruments, sing or dance and all of whom are much smarter than she will ever be. In other words, her house is never ever quiet or still. A concentration of asthma, food allergies, spectrum disorders and learning disabilities means that she spends an awful lot of time second guessing herself and Dr. Googling, as well as learning to cook everything the family might like to eat. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, boxing (she has her Black Belt in Muay Thai), sleeping, exploring coffee shops, photography, ballet class and cooking. She excels in being a smart mouth and has her major in sarcasm, with a dual minor in BS studies and avoiding laundry.