Friday, December 30, 2016

The Last One in 2016

Hi! I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing holiday filled with fun, family, and good cheer. 

Friday we left to visit my parents for a few days, so I spent Thursday baking, baking, and baking so that I had something to contribute to the family parties we would be attending. I made these cutout cookies, these peanut butter blossoms (which are a favorite in my family) (they're my favorite too), and these ginger cookies which were new to me but you guys they were so delicious. 

I got lots of knitting done in the car on my hat. This is a great pattern for traveling because 1) it's adorable and I love this yarn, 2) it's small and fit in my purse, and 3) it's mindless...I'm able to work on it while holding a conversation or watching tv without having to pay too much attention to it. Also on the subject of knitting, I joined in the Christmas Eve Cast On, which is just a group of knitters who cast on a pair of socks on Christmas Eve after the craziness of gift knitting and deadlines. After a fun-filled family day I sat down with my yarn after everyone else went to sleep and cast on a pair of socks for my little guy by the light of the Christmas tree. 

Christmas Eve we spent the day with my mom's family playing games, and hanging out and went to church together in the evening. After church we always exchange gifts with my parents. Christmas day we spend with my dad's family opening gifts and spending time together and by evening are all ready to crash. Both days far too much food was consumed, much laughter was shared, and it was great to see family that I don't get to see nearly often enough. 

As if this wasn't enough celebrating, my wonderful family threw us a baby shower. It was quiet and perfect and our little one is already so incredibly blessed. Wednesday morning we packed up our car (which was full to the top) and headed home. 

Tomorrow we will spend the night at home with a couple of friends reflecting on the ups and downs of this past year and welcoming in 2017. Whatever your plans are, I hope you have a great New Year!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Sunday Currently

A lovely shot from our Friendsgiving ugly-sweater party last week. Justin is clearly thrilled.

baby: We're officially in the third trimester...holy crap, how did that happen already?! In the last week or so it's like a switch has flipped; I've finally gone from constant worry to feeling entirely content and connected. We had an ultrasound last week and I actually teared up seeing the boy in 3D. He's been on the move quite a bit, and occasionally giving me a jab to the bladder that makes me worry for a hot second that I'm about to pee my pants.

Accomplished. We were supposed to have Christmas service rehearsal at church with the kids this morning, but because of the snow I got a lovely text this morning that it would be cancelled. So instead of laying in bed, I wrapped up in my cozy robe and slippers and headed downstairs. I just finished up all of the dishes, swept the kitchen, and folded a load of laundry. Then I corrected, entered grades, and planned my lessons for this week. 

watching: Knitting podcasts. Specifically Legacy Knitz (my favorite) at the moment. If you're at all interested in watching/hearing people talk about their current yarny projects and showing off their squishy yarns, I highly recommend checking out this podcast. 

drinking: Water, water, water. And I just finished some hot chocolate from a holiday mug, obvs. 

smelling: The chicken and dumpling soup that Justin is preparing in the slow cooker in the kitchen. Yummmmmmm.

wearing: Remember the cozy robe and slippers I mentioned above? Still that. Honestly, it might be that all day. 

working on: Several things, actually. Something for a friend who is having a baby soon (that is so close to finished!), this little Hobbes doll, and a new project I just cast on last night: this sockhead hat for myself. If I'm being completely honest, all of my projects are the real reason I was so productive this morning. I figured if I could get those big things done and out of the way I could spend the rest of the day on the couch, yarn in hand, and not feel so guilty about it. 

That's what's going on with me. I'm off to spend the rest of the day with my yarn and watching the snow out the window.