Christmas happenings & last minute to-dos

Life has been very full lately! Busy work schedules and a visit from family, everyday scheduled things, plus Christmas preparations. It's been a good kind of busy. And this weekend we have lots of downtime planned, which I'm so looking forward to.

A few of my favorite things this week:

My parents and brother came to visit Austin! We went for a hike at a local park, climbed trees(!), visited the botanical garden and the 360 bridge, ate bar-b-que, and had milkshakes for supper one night.

My mom, who is a super talented quilter, made a beautiful quilt for our bed. I've always loved our bedroom, but now it feels much warmer.  I couldn't help taking lots of photos of it. Thank you, mom! When Nicholas uses the term awesome, you know he really likes something :)

We visited Austin's Trail of Lights with some friends. Beautiful and chilly, which made me really happy. We won't get snow, but if I can wear my hand knits, everything feels more seasonally appropriate for this Minnesotan.

And generally, enjoying all the little Christmas cheer in our home. Our Christmas tree lights are pretty much always on.

On my fun to-do list:

  • Letter-writing! If I owe you a letter, please know you'll be getting one soon :)
  • a few last-minute trips to the posts office to mail Christmas-y things
  • Laundry. Even though it's probably my favorite household task (especially folding clean clothes, mmm!) when I'm sleepy and between shifts, the poor laundry basket is the first thing to be neglected.
  • Tidy up and vacuum, so that we can look forward to a clean home when we return.
  • Bake/prepare a few snacks to bring on the plane when we fly to Chicago next week. I'm thinking these gf scandinavian thumbprint cookies or these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (of course!), almonds, and some packable fruit.

& I keep thinking about this verse:

I will live to enjoy the light, because he redeemed my soul.

My aim is for this to be the focus of my heart and at the forefront of my mind this Christmas.

What's left on your Christmas to-do list? What are you enjoying about this season? Also, Thank you to those who sent me gingerbread recipes! I'm so excited to try some new recipes. I prefer to think of baking as not just Christmas cookies, but winter cookies.


Tags:

Related posts

More green than the sky: A July beach day

A few weeks ago, our little family of four made plans with my father- and sister-in-law for an early Saturday morning at the Lake. When we arrived in the eight o'clock hour, it was breezy, in the low seventies. At this particular beach and time of day, we had our pick of spots; only a few families were there before us. I chose a spot pretty close to the water and Coop dumped out his new beach toys out of his mesh bag and got busy building and digging. Soon enough, Nicholas, who had been parking the truck, and my SIL and FIL joined us.

2 min read

In the garden, late June 2022

Here we are, on the very cusp of July, and I've neglected to share about our garden. Nicholas and I had a plot at a community garden when we were engaged back in 2013, but we haven't had a vegetable garden since—until this year, that is. I wanted to share a bit about our garden this year: what we're growing, how we're growing it, and how it's going so far.

4 min read

Up north to the Tulip festival

If you missed my last post, I shared about the passing of my beautiful mother-in-law. I don't want to continue on in a "business as usual" style, nor do I want to neglect to share about joyful things in our life. Again and again, I'm learning that grief and joy coexist in this life. And what a grace that is! Grief can highlight the joy, make it more precious in my eyes. And so, I wanted to share about a little day trip I took with my SIL, Katelyn, Cooper, and Finn back in mid-May, since it was a good thing, a sweet day spent with some of my very favorite people.

4 min read