We're home from a trip north to see my family for a little bit of early Christmasing. We had a lovely time, and like any every visit to see family, the time flew! This is what our trip looked like:
- A (barely) snowy walk
- Borrowing nearly all of Nicholas' new outerwear, gifted to him by my brother (I can't help it if his clothes seem more "fun," can I?)
- Curling up under quilts handmade by my mom
- Catching up with two of my dearest friends from high school
- Crafting with my mom—we made ornaments!
- Working on a puzzle with the family
- Enjoying what is arguably the best gluten-free pizza we've ever had
- Snuggles with the family dogs, Hazel and Gingersnaps
- Christmas gift exchange
- A coffee date with Nicholas in South Minneapolis
- Enjoying my brother's cooking—homemade pad thai and beef bourguignon (yum!)
- A trip to Northern Minnesota to see both grandmas
- Seeing our favorite Christmas light display, right on Lake Superior in Duluth
- Seeing pictures from (and hearing about) my family's recent trip to Canada
- Breakfasts at home
- Acting as Nicholas' sous-chef* as we made these cookies for my family
We're sorry that we can't see family more, but we cherish the visits we do get. Thank you for hosting us Dad, Mom, and Matt!
When we get back from a trip, we unpack as efficiently as possible, because who actually enjoys unpacking? Now, we're enjoying some afternoon coffee—mine with a dash of cinnamon, just because, and his in a new wonderfully goofy moose mug from my Grandma Donna. There's a mountain of clean laundry to fold and supper to prepare, Christmas knitting to work on, library books to be read, frozen andes mints to sneak from the freezer, and I'm thankful for it all.
*We recently finished watching The Great British Baking Show, which we really, really enjoyed, aside from the hosts, who we found to be a tad obnoxious. It's fun to see home bakers complete complicated recipes with such skill and precision. The show seems to have piqued a bit of an interest in baking for Nicholas. When I started making cookies, he wanted to bake with me, and he did most of the recipe by himself. That makes for a happy girl and a happy heart(!)
**all photos taken with my iPhone and edited with VSCO. I loved all of them, even the grainy one of us girls :)
Looking back at my recent posts, I realized it has been a long time since I wrote a little post about "life lately." I've written about things in our life, yes, like Cooper turning four, a visit to our friends in Bloomington, a visit from my family, a trip to the beach and the one year anniversary of my mother-in-law's passing, recent knitting and other creative projects, and some updates about our garden this year. But I haven't written a post with the little mish-mash bits of life since early June. So here I am now, playing a little bit of catch up.
It's been awhile since a "life lately" post where I write about all the little bits and pieces of our life. This spring has been a rather cold one, but just this past weekend, we are seeing much warmer temperatures and the weather seems to be catching up with the date on the calendar. As someone who enjoys the colder months, I will say that spring and summer feel a bit magical with kids, and logistically, lots of things just feel easier as the temperatures are more mild.
Starting sometime in the fall, I made a point to be a bit more creative and find new to us trails to hike on and explore. Since then, we have found several new favorites for when we are in the mood for a hike, regardless of the season.