Those cold, pouty lips!
These three sledded while I sat in the car with Miles, who has an aversion to snow and cold.
We also rented a carpet cleaner and got the rugs beneath our feet clean as new. You should've seen how dirty the water was! We do this every year and it's amazing how dirty they get in one year!
Update: these boots are making me lazy. If I want to go out, I simply slip on a pair of leggings, tie up the boots and go. I don't change my shirt because my coat covers it up, even if it is a grungy old pajama shirt. Tie a scarf around my neck and who knew I'm only halfway out of my pajamas. (It's our little secret). Above, I am pictured with my pajama shirt layered with a short cotton dress and thermal leggings. Travis shot this just before we walked out the door to join the scores of warm bodied, last-minute Christmas shoppers at the local Target.
And I just threw this picture in the "post" pile because it features Lucy wearing her favorite hand-me-down-from-cousin-Ivy candy dress, plus a homemade bow I made for her special Santa's Boot Camp activity. (Incidentally, she didn't come home wearing the bow, so I'm assuming it fell off and was lost forever. Such is life).
I have to tell myself often, during the Christmas season, that I need to enjoy the days leading up to Christmas because sometimes the actual holiday day can be a little disappointing. Some moments I tell myself "This is Christmas" because it just feels that way, though December 25th might be weeks away.
And today was a red letter day for me. It truly felt like Christmas.
I will give some reasons it felt like Christmas today:
- new snow
- cinnamon french toast
- morning run
- kids up early (6 AM: Miles had pooped all over his sheets, then Lucy heard me bathing him and joined in, then Finn shortly thereafter)
- King's College Choir-like music playing on Pandora all day
- pine-scented candle burning all day
- Travis played his video game and the kids watched movies intermittently
- I got a deep-sleep-type 2-hour nap
- we decorated glitter snowflakes as a family
- I made my fourth batch of pretzel rods this season
- we ate black bean soup for dinner
Lucy is testing out different types of spoons to eat her applesauce with. So far, she's tested baby spoons, plastic child spoons, measuring spoons and soup spoons.
Miles is rotating between the standing and kneeling positions in his high chair, as per usual, while eating his Teddy Grahams appetizer.
Each year our Relief Society hosts a wreathmaking night during the first part of December.
It's become a favorite activity for the sisters and their friends.
It starts with plastic-wrapped tables, huge piles of pine boughs, and a tarp-covered and taped gym floor...
I have yet another confession: I sold the Whoville Advent calendar I made specifically for my kids. I know, my poor kids. They were really sad. We skipped several days of advent until yesterday, when we made the one we're going to use this year.
It was very simple: plain white bags, numbered, then colored, some candy thrown in them, then tied to the mantel in a garland.