Tuesday, December 29, 2009

random thoughts

*I'm already noticing the quality of the light changing (yay!), just over a week after the winter solstice.

*Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the clutter in the house ranging from Christmas decorations, the tree, and gifts seemingly everywhere needing to be organized and put away. Most of it will have to wait until next week.

*Sugar carries as much punch as caffeine does for me (a couple of late nights reading).

I hope your Tuesday is a nice one.

Monday, December 28, 2009

at home

This week between holidays with the boys happily occupied with new Legos, books, kittens and the like and full-up with love from having had the undivided attention of both parents for the past week is one to look forward to; a week of relative rest and quiet at home. This time has historically been for me a nice pause for reflection on the holidays and the year that has been. There is always so much that could/should be done and yet the most important thing to do this week is to be in the moment; be present for the playing, reading, and lounging together this week has to offer.

I hope you're continuing to enjoy this holiday season, and some rest at home too.

Friday, December 25, 2009

new additions

I hope you enjoyed your Christmas. We did - and as you can see we got a couple of new additions to our family. Cal has been wanting a kitten of his own since last Christmas; this year Cal and Abbott both asked Santa for a kitten of their own and he was most obliging. Abbott's cat (hiding in the tree and in the fleece bed) is Ginger; Cal's cat is Cinnamon. Signing off for the weekend tired and happy. xoxo

Thursday, December 24, 2009

all is calm, all is bright

Christmas Eve. Happy night, and a blessed holiday to you.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

fun in the mountains

We're playing hard and loving the time together.

Monday, December 21, 2009

the shortest day

It seems fitting to be spending the first day of winter in the mountains. I don't know about you, but I'm glad to know the days are about to start lengthening. Happy Winter Solstice to you!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

travel notes

We're happy to be in the snow! Hoping your week's off to a cozy and warm start.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

moving into winter

We're heading out on a ski trip and will return home just in time for Christmas.

Wishing you and those you love the most merry of holidays! xoxo

Friday, December 18, 2009


I did not stop moving all day long yesterday. I stayed up far too late wrapping the last of the gifts and addressing holiday cards. The boys have a half day of school today then they're off for the next two weeks. Wondering if I'm ready for Christmas now, inside and out.

Thank you for reading and for all of your comments this week. xoxo

Thursday, December 17, 2009

in celebration

This week at school Cal is learning all about the various winter holidays celebrated here and around the world. As I've listened to him describe what he's learned, and drawing on what I know, it seems they are all in some form a celebration of light shining in darkness, and of the magic and wonder that is all around us.

Wishing you a day filled with many moments of peace.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

how it was, how it is

So this is how things looked around here a few days ago. I'm enjoying these a whole lot more than what it actually looks like outside right now (gray/wet/foggy).

Happy Wednesday to you!

Monday, December 14, 2009


How was your weekend? The highlight of ours was getting our tree decorated. Alexi, Abbott and Cal wrestled with many strings of lights while I went running, then the boys and I decorated. (Who strings the lights in your house?) Our tree is always a hodgepodge of ornaments from my childhood, those we've picked up on our travels, ones the boys have made and those we've given Abbott and Cal for their collections. I only did a tiny bit of rearranging after they went to bed; so far they don't appear to have noticed. Our house smells wonderful and seems so full of warmth and light with the tree in place.

Happy Monday!

(I made this when I was 7 or 8)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

winter holiday traditions

Yesterday Abbott and Cal got to bring something to school that represents a winter holiday tradition in their family. Both of them chose to bring in one of their Christmas tree ornaments. Every year, we give them a new one. I have many from my childhood that I enjoy putting on our tree every year, and want them to be able to have the same experience as adults.

I'd love to hear about a winter holiday tradition in your family.

Happy Hanukkah to those who are celebrating.

Friday, December 11, 2009

merry, merry

Last weekend we attended a holiday party at the winery of friends. Mike has also started making spirits, seen in the mason jars; it's what the copper equipment is for. Watch for the labels in the last photo. Sometime in 2010 the wine - Almquist Family Cellars and Little Monsters - should be for sale.

Happy Friday!