Monday, December 5, 2016

Snow Angels

 In which the girls welcome the first snow of the season with some pre-breakfast snow angels in the driveway this morning! xo

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Light Of The Plants

The second light of Advent is the light of the plants.
Plants that reach up to the sun and in breezes dance.

The candle that was lit today also symbolizes peace.

"It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it." 
-Eleanor Roosevelt

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Last Saturday Night

Last Saturday, dear friends who we had not seen in far too long, were in town getting their Christmas tree. They decided to grab dinner afterward and then ice cream after that (at our most favorite ice cream place). When Heather texted us after dinner asking us to join them for ice cream we couldn't possibly pass that up! It was so lovely to get to visit with them and catch up (and introduce them to the yumminess that is New City Microcreamery in the process)! There's nothing like the kind of friendship where you can go long stretches of time without seeing each other and then pick up right where you left off. And even more amazing is when the kids can do that with each other, too! xo

Friday, December 2, 2016

{This Moment} In The Advent Spiral

{This Moment} A Friday ritual. A single photo -no words- capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you are inspired to do the same leave a link to your moment in the comments section for all to find and see. We wish you a magical weekend. xo
Breaking the rules today for a little explanation. It's our tradition that whoever walks the spiral first gets to walk it again after everyone has left the room and before it's taken down. When you first walk the spiral it is very dark, whereas by the time everyone else has walked it the spiral has become enchantingly magical. Since Emma was the first to walk it this year, she got to be the last as well. xo

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Welcome, December!

December has arrived and with it Tomte the Gnome
From now until Christmas he will bring a new activity or kindness to do each day. xo

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

At The Ballet

Last Friday was Boston Ballet's opening night of The Nutcracker. Dave's mom, the girls and I got all dressed up and journied in to Boston for what is clearly becoming a holiday tradition for the four of us! It was another absolutely gorgeous performance of this wonderful ballet, and we were all as captivated as we were last year. I loved seeing the girls reactions throughout the performance (the first time the mice show up on stage, the entire section where it's snowing, the sheep- especially that silly lone black one, the waltz of the flowers, the grand pas de deux). I honestly think that they enjoyed it even more this year since they knew what was coming after having seen it on opening night a year ago! Thank you, Grandma Joan, for another lovely night at the ballet! We are looking forward to next year already! xo

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

New Hats!

For the last couple of years the girls and I have had this goal of knitting hats for the upcoming winter. And yet each year it seems that winter comes before we have even cast on a single stitch. And, if I'm being completely honest here, two out of the three of us really need to improve our knitting skills a bit more before we attempt hats.

And so, as the first bit of winter was felt in the air I realized that the hats the girls have had for the last few years really were in no condition to be their hats again this year. Knitted winter hats are totally their "thing" and honestly, it makes it super easy to spot them when we are out and about since no one else will be wearing hats like theirs. I pondered trying to knit a couple of hats for them and quickly dismissed that idea (though I am bound and determined that 2017 will be The Year of the Hat). Instead, I decided to reach out to my friend Julie who made their last hats and see if she may be willing to do so again. A quick Facebook message to her and an equally quick reply back found us then discussing yarn colors and hat patterns followed by Julie casting on for the first hat a few days later.

They arrived last Friday and are absolutely gorgeous! These hats look fabulous with their winter coats as well as their fleeces. The girls were absolutely overjoyed to have such lovely new hats to wear this winter! With any luck these will last as long as the last ones did! And with just as much luck (and practice) we'll learn to knit some hats of our own before the end of next year!

Thank you, Julie, for sharing your talents with us once again! We are very grateful and  feel very blessed to have a bit of your handywork in our home again! xo