It's a lazy, gray Sunday in our parts -- complete with warm-up pants and a messy house. The last couple of weeks have been full but now we are settling in for a few days of calm before Christmas.
Last weekend we enjoyed our yearly venture to the Austin Waldforf School Winter Faire. Always inspiring!
We also went to a Christmas tree farm to cut our tree. Most of the trees had been chopped down, so we came home with a humble little left-over pine. We are giving her a good home!!
So, now the tree is decorated and lit and there are even gifts wrapped and tucked under it. Cups (too many, I'm certain) of hot cocoa have been savored.
Cookies have been baked and mostly given away to friends and neighbors.
And the fudge...well, that never really makes it out of the house.
The sun has been very shy these past few weeks. I'm missing my sun-drenched kitchen in the mornings.
My garden, however, is loving the damp, dreary weather void of freezing temperatures.
The girl is excited about the season. There's plenty of crafting and caroling and joie de vivre as well as a healthy dose of boundary testing. Per usual.
It's a beautiful time of the year, despite the craziness stirring in the air. I keep finding myself staring at her and noticing just how big she has gotten this past year. Tall, bright, and just more grown than the little one I knew a year ago. It all goes by so fast!
Tonight, a group of us is meeting to go carolling around the neighborhood. Tomorrow evening, we may join friends to walk an advent spiral. In between we'll be home, finishing up last minute to-do's, stringing popcorn and cranberries, simmering spices over the stove top, and just soaking in the quiet and stillness that arrives in the last days and hours before the 25th.