Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Hurray for ending the year with a wonderful morning!
We spent a few wholesome and inspiring hours with my sister and nephews walking, eating lunch outside (yes, in December!), exploring and finding treasure at Long Branch nature trail, one of our favorite places. My sister and I got to chat about the year ahead, the older children explored, CC pushed her baby doll and tried to keep up with her sister and cousins while I tried to keep up with her.
It was awesome. And good thing we took advantage of what looks like the last fair weather day in a while. Today is super windy and cold. We even had flurries this morning.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
There there, attempting to nap together in Sabrina's bed. Matching PJs, lovies Dolly and Bunny.
Spending more time at home with no school or activities or work, we get to see so many more of these moments. Sabrina and CC are developing such a close, lovely, sweet relationship. They have fun together. Sabrina is protective of CC. CC is in awe of Sabrina. It's all I dared hope for these two sisters I have the privilege to be raising.
Friday, December 26, 2008
A lovely celebration at my sister's home, who is the Christmas fairy in our family. With creative and inspiring holiday touches everywhere, a wonderful Spanish meal, activities for the children and more gifts, this was a relaxing and wonderful evening.
On the way home Sabrina asked if Christmas was over... and I was happy to report that it is not. Frankly, I include New Year's in the package of holiday celebrations. And then there's Epiphany to enjoy. As long as the tree is standing it's Christmas!
I hope your Christmas was merry and bright!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
My sweethearts celebrating.
Good times: CC ate 7 mushroom turnovers. Everyone loved the no-cook feast (shrimp, crab cakes, latkes, pear and goat cheese salad) and the gingerbread cookies. Alex lost a tooth. Sabrina drank soda water with a drop of grenadine all night. CC refused to eat the holy bread and Sabrina wanted more.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I love setting the table ahead of time,playing around with the dishes and arrangements. Sabrina was my little helper all day as we prepared for the evening. She entertained herself and her sister, made cookies with me, helped with the tablecloth and napkins, suggested we get holly from the backyard, demanded we take breaks to read books and relax. The child knows her priorities!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
At the last minute and with Patrick's encouragement (ok, it was his idea), we decided to trim the tree and decorate the house with handmade things. Paper garlands. Ornaments of glass and clay. It's kept us busy and inspired.
We made these by dripping paint in clear bulbs and swirling it around. Easy and lovely!