Winter Solstice (21st), Fourth Sunday in Advent (23rd)
Alas, it's looking more and more like a green Christmas. After a chilly, rainy start the week, we may see some flurries over week's end.
The Solstice brings the shortest day of the year. We'll make time to watch (and record) the sunrise and sunset. We'll also make some homemade nutty-fruity treats for the birds & squirrels.
Finalize Christmas Eve/Day menus.
Major fridge clean-out.
Party food/libations shopping over weekend.
Last batch of Christmas cards mailed out.
Write out checklist for pre-Christmas cleaning.
Organize Christmas outfits.
Christmas Baking later this week!
Last minute online orders.
M - baked ziti, leftover meatballs (from EB's party), salad, toasted rolls
T - squash soup & grilled cheese/turkey panini (leftover deli from EB's party)
W - grilled chicken tenders, rice, roasted vegetables (leftovers make great wraps for lunch the next day)
T - homemade pizzas, tossed salads
F - Solstice Supper: beef cottage pie, solstice bread, spiced cider, lemon "sun" cake
S - *leftovers a la Daddy*
S - turkey meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn muffins, cranberry sauce
Dear Baby ...
You are a very active baby, my little one! I'm feeling lots of movement every day - little pops and twirls. Daddy and I were watching a documentary on The Beatles and you seemed particularly rambunctious! So much so that Daddy could feel you from the outside!
Mama has some labwork this week and we're praying everything is OK.
The Winter Solstice
"Animals of Christmas" continued - donkeys!
Excited About ~ Working On:
Watching Christmas specials with the kids, when it gets dark in the mid-afternoons. I love it when the house is lit only by Christmas lights.
Beginning my Winter Journal ... brainstorming homey, cozy thoughts for January and February. :)
Choosing/organizing a new 2013 calendar.
Making time for a Christmas "Tuesday Tea" this week, whether it's Tuesday or not.
My heart is so heavy this morning, so full of sorrow over the tragedy in Sandy Hook. Praying for those dear little souls, such beautiful children ... I can think no further on it, nothing makes sense and it's all too terrible to process. Just feeling very protective of my own children and praying for all those involved, especially the families of those lost.
Well my friends, I hope your week's going well ... thanks so much for stopping by today. I know we're all busy, especially as we enter this last week before Christmas, so posting will be slow for me ... but please know I am always thinking of you all and keeping you in my prayers.
And have yourselves a merry little Monday ...