Lately, I love (December 2019 edition)
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.
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.
2022: A year in review
Welcome to my annual post of our life in the last year – a review of all the big and little events, travels, habits, heartbreaks, and joys. These posts require a lot of time and energy, in part due to sifting through all the posts I wrote in the last year, but also because these posts spur me to reflect and sit with the previous year for a moment, before stepping into the next one.
2021: A year in review
Every January, I assemble a blog post of sorts that catalogs our year. Largely organized in list-form, I touch on the big and little things, events and thoughts and experiences that shaped our life over the last year. I do find this incredibly helpful as a sort of reflection, a glance back on the Lord's faithfulness, to show me, time and time again, that He is a good God. And with that mindset, I feel less encumbered as we continue on into the new year, more ready to face a full year of new, fresh days, with the heart attitude that regardless of what the days will hold, mundane or exciting, difficult or good, I can walk into the future with hope and trust in Him. Plus, I do enjoy looking back on a lot of the little details of our life, the ones that make me smile or think, Oh, yes! We loved that! What a little joy in our life.