This morning I watched my parents pack up their car, and the kids waved goodbye to their grandparents after their fun holiday visit. My disheveled house from the past week of guests and festivities greeted me as I came inside. This is one of those moments I was grateful for Sprout TV, which at times like this, is my savior! It allows me to get things done while I know it’s showing trusted favorites like Sesame Street and Barney, or some cute Sprout Original such as The Sunny Side Up Show or The Good Night Show.
Still looking forward to New Years Eve, and getting ready to prepare for that next celebration, I took just one short moment to sit down and reflect on the craziness of this past month. In our house we not only celebrate Christmas, but Chanukah as well, so this holiday frenzy began for me just before Thanksgiving and has not slowed down since. As a mom I think the holidays are extra stressful, between the crowds, the expectations, and the constant intake of extra sweets.
Lots of memories are made during this time of year, and it has been fun, but I’ll admit, it can be a stressful kind of fun. I know when so much is happening there is the risk of not savoring the special time with the kids in the moment. These are what Sprout refers to as Holiday MOMents, and I make a point to take time for a few along the way.
My favorite MOMent this season was during the beautiful snow we had in the midst of the holidays. The kids and I were so excited. I dropped all of my shopping/wrapping/baking activities and we ran outside to play. It felt so good to let loose with the kids in the snow and enjoy the family time, letting go of all of that holiday stress. The snow melted before Christmas, so we were just so happy to have taken the opportunity to play in it while it was here. Our holiday snowman got to visit at least for a short while before he melted away.
As my photos from my parents visit started to be downloaded onto my computer, I caught glimpses of other MOMents we captured these past few weeks. Lighting the candles with the kids, snuggled on the couch with my son watching a movie, and helping their dad decorate the tree. The season is flying by and time is melting away as fast as the snow did, but as a mom I know these MOMents are the memories that last forever. Enjoy them!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
Amber Edwards says
I haven’t even heard of Sprout, but I would love to use their quality shows! Miss Jade would love them! And hey, if you want more snow; come visit me! We have TONS! You can take some back with you. lol.
Kelly R says
I have heard of Sprout, they have really great shows. Love the pictures.
Your living room looks so festive. I love the stockings! And what cute pictures of the little guy!
Liza @ Views From the 'Ville says
We love Sprout 🙂 My daughter watches it most often just before bed. She’ll ask to snuggle up and catch a few minutes of Chica, and soon she’s snoozing. Love that Post-Dinner Naptime photo – seriously priceless!
Mama to 5 BLessings says
what a beautiful fire place! Nicely decorated! I love how you and your husband mix your beliefs together for holidays.
Sometimes we get a free weekend of Sprout on our cable network. My kids love it! The shows are unique and always high-quality.
We used to watch Sprout in the olden days, when it first started. Then I found out my friends wife was the hostess! I will never forget Melanie from Sprout!
My daughter is too old for Sprout which is too bad since I like their programming line up. Great photos. What fun in the snow!!
Jennifer @TheRebelChick says
Sprout TV sounds like a great resource for the kids! I love how you decorated your mantle for Christmas, especially with the lights!
That is so nice that your parents got to visit for the holidays. There is always so much to do when company leaves though. Sprout definitely sounds like it will help keep the kids occupied.
Jenn @comebackmomma says
Your holiday moments are precious! They could be greeting cards for sure.
we are a sprout family and we love your MOMents!
Ha, looks like your little one really wore himself out 🙂 Those are the memories that are so special to tuck away though!
Ellen Christian says
What fun photos. Such great memories to have.
So true. MOMents whiz by way too quickly. We need to treasure each one as it lasts.
Lol your little one asleep at the table is so cute!
I love your mantle!! The lights look so pretty by the stockings (hung with care)
Mistee Dawn says
Such cute pictures. I need a nap after supper, too. lol. I had many MoMents this holiday season.
Sprout is one of the few channels I miss because we fave up cable…
Oops that should be gave up… Lol
My daughter loved Sprout when we had cable! She still gets to catch some of her favorite Sprout shows on Netflix and Hulu. BTW, I totally had the same MOMent when it first snowed! I totally dropped everything to go play with my daughter in the snow!
What a cute post! My daughter is a little older now, but I’ll always be a fan of Sprout!
Jennifer Soltys says
Super cute moments! LOL It looks like he’s giving you thumbs up in the nap picture… which is totally appropriate because naps rule. 😉
Danielle @ We Have It All says
OMGosh I LOVE those pictures… definitely MOMents for sure 🙂
I also wanted to say that these pics would make an adorable 2013 memory book!
Amanda @ Mommy of Two Little Monkeys says
We love sprout tv! Your pictures are adorable, love it when kids are messy 🙂
Nancy Lustri (StyleDecor) says
I never heard of sprout before. I don’t have little ones anymore. I’ll have to pass this along to my little cousins. LOVE your Christmas tree and decorations! 🙂
the pinterested parent says
I have really been enjoying your holiday memories series of posts. You have a lovely family and you truly captured some magical moments. Happy New Year.
Awe! How sweet! I love the picture of your little one falling asleep at the table with the iphone. Cute!
I love Sprout! Melissa, you have a BEAUTIFUL family! I love the picture of you and the kids in the snow!
We watch Sprout TV too.
Oh my 3 year old would have loved to see the snow. I keep trying to explain to him that it’s not common for it to snow in Atlanta!
Oh my heck – that snow!!! This FL girl is in awe – even if it didn’t last. Enjoy it while it lasts, my daughter wants to see snow so bad! 🙂 Looks like you had some fun MOMents this season 🙂
Your kids are so adorable! I love your MOMents!!
wen budro says
LOL Post dinner naptime….I wish I could fall asleep like that. Too too cute.
vickie couturier says
I have 11 grandchildren so sprout is always on at my house,they love it an learn so much,,kids look like they are enjoying the snow
Your kids are so flipping cute. That pick of the sleeping babe next to the iphone on the table – I mean – no words. I totally get it about moms getting caught up in all of the preparation stuff…I kept staying, “once the decorating, shopping, wrapping, and baking are finished, I might enjoy Christmas.” And I did…finally.
Hope you’re feeling better soon. Rest, hydrate, rest, hydrate, rest. It’s a monster, that flu.