Whenever I think of picnics, I think of Mom’s potato salad. I love, love, love it. I’ve tried other potato salads, but I don’t really like them. My children have followed in my footsteps and love this potato salad best, too.
It’s best cold, so it takes a little planning ahead to boil the potatoes and eggs, assemble the salad, and leave it in the fridge to cool. It’s worth it, though. In my opinion, a picnic just isn’t quite right without potato salad.
Who do I need to talk to to get a few extra days before Christmas?
My Guide to Last-Minute Holiday Planning: 🎄
➀ Prioritize: Write down what you most want to do. Can you leave anything out? Write out the steps. Can you skip any? For example, presents under a poinsettia instead of a decorated tree or only sending a few Christmas cards. 🎁
➁ Lists: Group tasks by location–phone, computer, outside errands, etc. Schedule them into your week. 📱
➂ Ask for help: Invite friends and family to join you in you holiday activities. You’ll get more done and have more fun!
➃ Never again: Resolve to plan ahead next year so that the holidays are less overwhelming. 🌞
“Happy Friday,” I tell my kids as
they leave for school on Fridays. “Have fun. I love you.”
A few weeks ago, we had tacos for
dinner on a Sunday. “It’s Taco Tuesday on a Sunday,” I said.
The kids rolled their eyes.
We celebrate Pi Day and Star Wars Day and Banana Split Day and three day weekends (“It’s Friday on a Thursday,” I say. “No it’s not,” they reply. “It’s Thursday on a Thursday.”)
Sometimes it’s good to have something
to celebrate, even if that means eating tacos for dinner or wishing
each other a Happy Friday. Big holidays are far apart, and they take
so much work and planning and expense. While I try to carry the
spirit of Christmas in my heart year-round, I don’t think I want a
Christmas celebration every day.
Today is a holiday for my family.
It’s a little bigger than a mini holiday, but smaller than Christmas.
This is Conference Weekend. Twice a year, the prophet and leaders
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints broadcast messages
of guidance and hope centered in Christ.
We sit and watch for hours and hours,
like a movie marathon. We sing songs and eat snacks and feel
inspired and uplifted. It’s one of my favorite holidays. Little
expense or preparation or clean-up, lots of joy.
“It’s Conference Weekend!” I’ve
said over and over. It feels like Happy Friday, but better. I love
little holidays. Simple pleasures.
Does your family celebrate any mini
holidays? How do you celebrate? What other simple pleasures do you
This story was originally posted on April 17, 2019. I think we all do great and terrible things now and then. And sometimes, the bad choices we make can cause us big problems down the road. In fairy tales, the effects are magnified, of course. I think that’s what makes