Some of the smaller moments in this season are the ones I adore the most. Beside the Christmas shopping, gift wrapping, etc., there are so many sweet moments, tucked in, nearly missed unless I make a point to see them. Here are a few highlights from the last few weeks:
Hot cocoa with these candy cane marshmallows (definitely a dessert drink, but very fun and Christmasy)
This YouTube channel about a couple living in rural Sweden, off the grid. And I love this snowy vlog. Their experience is beautiful and fascinating, and not for the faint of heart (or for me, honestly, but I enjoy watching their vlogs).
Trips to the library with a baby! At the rate with which we read books with Cooper, I so appreciate the children's section at our local library. I love reading with him. We checked out some Christmas books for us to read together, and I got some books on baby-led weaning. And we saw a Christmas tree made out of books(!)
My favorite tiny coffee date. A favorite local coffee shop is offering peppermint lattes (made with oat milk, as all their drinks are). So tasty, and endlessly fascinating to a little someone. After I picked up my coffee, we bundled up and went for a walk outside.
Someone practicing sitting up (with assistance and supervision) and enjoying it.
Coop's little chubby hands, reaching for everything, wanting desperately to explore and interact with the world around him.
Turning on the Christmas tree lights first thing in the morning, and turning them off as the last thing before bed.
A doorway bouncer from my friend, Liz! Cooper loves it so much, and it's so fun to see him light up when he can move himself, unassisted.
Bedtime fika with tea and muffins.
A wonderful and laidback Thanksgiving at my in-laws. I brought a ham, brussel sprouts, and gf stuffing. And we also had turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, gf coffee cake, and pumpkin pie. Cooper took a great two-hour nap while we ate, too, and Nicholas and his dad watched the football game.
A tiny amount of black Friday shopping with my mother- and sister-in-law. I bought gift package stickers, shower gel, and a Christmas plate that I intend to use for fika (of course).
Baby tongue antics (he is so funny! It's almost as if he knows he's being funny)
Tinkering around with a gf almond poppyseed muffin recipe. I think it's close to being in a place where I will share it here.
Cooper snuggling with his daddy (and still fascinated with any and all water bottles).
Snacking on clementines and knitting on a hat for Nicholas.
And a baby boy who sees the world with wonder.
Despite my writing in the previous post that fall felt like it passed the baton to winter, we've actually had some rather warm and sunny weather here. Trying to enjoy the ease of outdoor time without winter layers, just yet!
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.