I always enjoy Sally Clarkson's podcasts but her recent ones on the holiday season have been particularly fun and encouraging.
Pace Yourself and
I am thankful that this year I've been able to downsize our schedule a bit and that helps keep stress down.
I think the last of our leaves have finally fallen and the street looks like the beginning of November with lots of dead brown leaves littering everyone's yards. I should probably send the kids out to rake.....
I buy wrapping paper once a year at Hobby Lobby in November when it is on sale for half price. I buy a few Christmas specific rolls and then a few rolls that could be for anytime of the year.
This is David's favorite place to sit. I can count on finding him here with plenty of schoolwork or chores yet to be done!
I keep all our Christmas books inside the coffee table and they've been pulled out now for easy access!
Some of our favorites we've been reading this week include: Becky's Christmas by Tasha Tudor and Lucy and Tom's Christmas by Shirley Hughes.
It's become my tradition to spend the night at my mom's house near to my birthday. I headed there last Friday and found the guest bed welcoming me.
There was also a roaring fire to sit next to. We needed a Christmas program to watch and finally decided on the Gilmore Girls because I keep hearing about that show and have never seen an episode. It definitely made us laugh! And now I know what the show is like.
In the morning we went out for breakfast and took along our sketchbooks. I'm getting more comfortable at painting and not worrying about how badly it will turn out.
Liz Steel who paints what she eats.
We are still shopping buddies and spend several hours by ourselves on Wednesdays getting the household shopping done.
I like my lantern with the candle in it. It makes sitting on the couch feel so cozy.
And then here's a picture of the top of the fridge which looks so pretty from my viewpoint where you can't see any of the dust that appears to be up there! ha ha!
I love plaid/tartan so much. It makes me happy to wear it. I'm sure I look like one of those elementary teachers that wears garish clothes and crazy earrings because its fun for kids. I can't believe I do it too. But it's so much more fun.
And see how well the holly cups go with plaid?!
We are also reading another favorite for our read-aloud: Sleigh Bells for Windy Foot by Frances Frost.
Can't believe Rachel and I used to have Christmas tea like this so long ago.
I'm reading Winter Solstice by Rosamund Pilcher as one of my "Christmas Reads" this year. I love this book and I can't wait to post about it on my Reading Scotland blog.
I'm also really enjoying Ann Voskamp's latest book The Broken Way.
Wherever you are, I hope you are enjoying good books and festive moments!