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.
Now that we're firmly in mid- to late-January, I feel as though my thoughts are a bit more orderly and I've had time to sort out photos too, including some from Christmas. It seems a shame to bypass any note of how we celebrated this year, so even though this is very late, I still want to record our Christmas, with joy!
It's the week of Christmas! Advent has felt different this year, faster and slower than prior years. There are a million things to say about this year, but on the best of days, it highlighted the joys of being still, living a quieter life, being at home. Here are some other little bits of joy in the last couple of weeks:
Since our move back to the Midwest this past spring, we are seeing a little more of my family. But it never feels like enough, so it's so special to spend in-person time with them, and even more sweet this time of year.