Oh it is so good to have snow again. It has been quite a few years since we have had a really big snow. The girls have been out in it all day sledding, fort making, and of course there was a snowman to be made. Norah thinks that tonight he will come alive like this one
Archives for December 2009
We snuck away to our favorite little cabin nestled in the woods along the Appalachian trail for our annual Christmas cookie baking weekend. The fire burned all weekend as we baked, played games, read books, knit, ate popcorn and snuggled in with grandparents, an aunt, an uncle, and one cutie of a cousin.
My day started early as usual. My mother and I are foragers of the forest year round. We are always on the look out for stumps, branches, and woodsy treasures. This time of year especially you will find us out and about searching for fallen evergreens. Early this morning we hopped in the car, clippers in hand singing…. “Here we go a foraging among the leaves so green….” We found just what we were looking for.
The girls found their shoes full of St Nicholas treasures and we lit our second candle of Advent honoring the plants. I sure did have plenty of those to add to our advent ring after my early morning adventure!
Today we made Christmas elves ,a simple and fun project made with just a handful of materials and pretty darn cute too. We got the idea from here
The gals know I am an early riser. We have our morning ritual together. I can hear them call to me when the sun begins to rise. They know I am a softie. As I open the back door they pace and jump knowing what comes next. I open up the run and out they come for grass and bugs, free to roam. They then follow me up to the back door where they wait for their breakfast, a treat of raw sunflower seeds. I love to hear the tap tap tapping of their beaks on the wood. They look up at me as if to say “thanks” and off they go to roam some more.
The first day of December is an exciting one around here especially for Mama. Every year I say I will wait just a bit longer to decorate but then I get too excited. I usually pull things out when the girls are asleep or at a neighbors house playing and they come home or awake to a surprise. So many of my own childhood memories fill me up as I set out the advent calender or the nativity scene. I remember what a simple pleasure it was opening the calender window each day to see what was inside. Now as I watch my girls do the same thing it warms my heart. Today we made pomanders with oranges and cloves. The house smelled like Christmas!