Sunday, December 30, 2012

Recapping the Year



As I sip my cocoa and huddle under my favorite blanket, I'm thinking about the things I am proudest of this year.  In no particular order:

My 31 Days Project.  This was by far my best showing as a blogger, and I thank all of you that followed and encouraged my progress.  I didn't blog every day, but I came darn close.  Also I made a new graphic all by myself!

After a fun summer of camping and attending day camp for a whole week, I became my younger son's scout leader.  I was a little afraid at first, but quickly I was surrounded by the support of my cubmaster, the other den leaders and the parents.  I never realized how awesome it would be to share my passion for the outdoors, as well as my intention to not raise my sons to be nincompoops, with these bright little boys.  It's amazing and I feel I'm in my zone.

I joined the gym and have been going almost every day, mostly with my friend Erin.  It is so nice to have someone to work out with, and to go junking with, and we even got her and her husband to go camping with us.  In fact, this has been an amazing year for hanging out with old friends and making new ones too.  I spent some time in Kentucky with my friend Lisa and her parents.  And I've spent a lot of time with my friend Brittany, who reads this blog and never comments, ha ha.  So many friends, I could go on all day!  I'm so lucky!

I got to watch my kid win the "World Series."  Amazing season, with great coaching.

I turned 40, and visited the Appalachian Trail.  Next time I plan to stay a bit longer.

My little brother married a real sweet girl. And my baby boy got to be the ring bearer!

Finally, I've met so many nice bloggers this year! I will be updating my sidebar very soon to add in all these great ladies I've been reading, and I do hope you'll swing by and give a holler!

Wishing you a happy, healthy and fantastic 2013!!!

xo
Shannon








Saturday, December 29, 2012

Plans change

We had reserved a cabin in the woods for this weekend.
A little bit of Thoreau for the holidays.
Nature had a different plan,
Dumping a half foot of snow on us.
So we are finding stuff to do closer to home.











Thursday, December 27, 2012

Time to refresh

I hope everyone is having a great holiday season! We're having a lot of fun with the snow and being home together. I'm hoping to ramp up a few things for the blog in the new year. I do hope you'll visit again!

Monday, December 24, 2012

A simpler Christmastime

The boys are playing and creating.
They even got out the old Thomas trains.
I am hanging with a friend and my husband.
This morning I played marbles with Nathan.
And the other night we played Monopoly till the bitter end.
I didn't stress out over Pinterest ideas
Or getting it all perfect this year.
We started the morning reading from Luke.
King James, of course, because he angels got to say "hark!"
In a while we will have family over and have food and gifts.
Simple food and drink. Simple fun.
I wish you all a very happy celebration!

















Friday, December 21, 2012

Finally

As if on cue we got a few pretty inches of snow today. We spent most of the day at home, eating and watching Christmas movies. Still I can't shake the feeling I need to be doing more. Really I'm trying to relax a bit. Enjoy the solstice. Posted by the lights of the Christmas tree.


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Getting a little jolly

I made these for my son's first grade class today.
His teacher saw it on Pinterest.
What the heck?
I recommend a lemon water bath for the fruit
As well as making them as last minute as possible.
Thank heavens for kids.
They make everything better.


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Trying to figure it all out

Like everyone, I'm in a funk.
Trying to make sense of the senseless.
Hoping that tomorrow can feel a little normal.
Love to all, that's all we can do, I guess.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Thrifted Thursday

I haven't been thrifting much, but I had some time to kill yesterday morning and couldn't resist.
I get a little guilty being so close to Christmas and all.
My husband always asks what I'd like for gifts, and would never get it if I asked for granny plates.






Sunday, December 9, 2012

A little craft space joy

Getting organized and beautified inspires me to do a little gift wrapping and scrapping in this gloomy Sunday. That and my husband whisking our offspring away for the day. Hurray for feeling better!!!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Sick day

The sore throat and chills are kicking in.
I am pretty much here for the duration.
No sense in fretting, really.
I'll just enjoy my tree, under my favorite blanket
And a little Christmas music for this cold rainy day.

Monday, December 3, 2012

The season has begun

Our humongous extended family Christmas party was yesterday.
We love to congregate, to just see everyone.
A long table loaded with covered dishes.
A ballroom filled with cousins and aunts and uncles.
(And lucky we are to have a cousin with a ballroom!)
I'm so glad my boys have this chance to know their tribe.