And just like that, it's December, and the start of Advent. We've been making our home cozy, and I've especially enjoyed figuring out how to decorate our new space. Little pops of Christmas cheer, wherever we can.
Other happy little things in these days of anticipating Christmas:
His and hers slippers
Christmas twinkle lights at our coffee brewing station
happy Christmas socks, newly cast on. I'm holding a nearly white sock yarn (leftovers from stash) together with a self-patterning sock yarn. So fun so far!
cauliflower soup, simmering on the stove (I eat a bowl of it topped with 1/2 an avocado)
A Christmas puzzle, picked up for advent puzzling
a fresh haircut(!) First one since October 2019.
a toddler fascinated with lights
And fascinated with batteries (don't worry, he was never unsupervised with them ;)
almond shortbread drizzle cookies (my recipe, here) topped with Swedish pearl sugar, stored in a Christmas tin.
marveling at our first snow on the ground, all while having snuggles with breakfast prep
The post office has the prettiest stamps right now. It was difficult to choose.
Cooper wants to be helpful every chance he can. (and honestly, he's surprisingly good at dusting and wiping down his high chair tray, all without prompting). He will push a kitchen chair over to the counter in an effort to try to climb up and help me. The sweetest.
A new loveseat for Nicholas' office! We love it. The perfect cozy spot for me to sit and knit in the evenings.
A photo of the three of us.
And a photo of me, mid dinner prep, wearing an apron and a cowl, holding a bowl of paleo biscuit dough. Christmas tree in the background, and an open kitchen cabinet door. Mundane and happy, all at once.
A new-to-me book to peruse during advent, picked up from the library today.
The sweetest face I ever did see, in my totally biased opinion, of course.
A Christmas at home
I wrote about our early Christmas celebrations and travels in my previous post here. After we returned home from that trip, we had a relatively mellow week at home, with lots of little celebratory things sprinkled into the week of Christmas.
An early Christmas weekend up north
The weekend before Christmas, we packed up our truck with warm clothes and Christmas gifts, plenty of snacks for the drive, and a loaf of sourdough bread, and drove north to see my family in the Twin Cities. It had been over a year since we spent time in my home state, and it was a so nice to be back for a visit.
Christmas crafting for gifting and home
Over the last several months, I've been working on several Christmas crafts—both sewing and knitting. Some are for our own home as decor, and most are gifts. Since some were mailed off relatively early or opened at early Christmas celebrations, I can now share them here, just in time for Christmas. The links with the knitting projects are to project pages which then include pattern links.