Let your heart be light. Well, that's easier said than done isn't it? Although we are mostly filled with gratitude, we have a few things weighing heavily on our hearts this season. .. And I know that reality is.. a lot of other people do too. Some of us our sick, poor, heartbroken, defeated, WHATEVER it is.. it's there. I'm really into breaking out the lights and putting on the movies, and drinking hot drinks, and giving sweet nothings... but at some point all this shopping and SALE SALE SALE, and all this insane busy-ness everywhere.. it's just not cutting it. It feels really hollow to me right now. Give me some substance!
So I'm really gonna try. I'm gonna put on a smile and love on my husband and son.. and show my son what really matters. I want to look the people I love in the eye and tell them how much they mean to me, tell them how much I cherish our memories, and that wherever we go, they'll always be special to me. Wonderful people come in and out of your life all the time. Maybe you know them for a year, or a decade, or forever. But if you feel the connection.. if they made an impact.. LET. THEM. KNOW.
I hope this isn't too heavy. I mean it in a good way. I'm getting back to cookie baking, and Christmas movies now. Will resume my usual substance-free posts later. :)
We've certainly had a few "stay inside, it's cold" days here in Southern California. But mostly, it's been a lovely and warm November. So when my dear friend Angela came down for a visit from the South Bay, we just HAD to take advantage of the incredible weather and do Balboa Park. AGAIN. She had never been after all. We spent the perfect afternoon perusing the Botanical Garden picnicking, laughing our butts off (she's hilarious), and walking around the entire park. We need to do this more often. Thanks for the memories Angela!!
Every year I end up scrambling to get a Christmas card out before the season is over. Not this time, folks! I decided to deck out my work space with a little holiday cheer to keep me inspired, and it totally worked. I've already started making a few cards and watching holiday movies. Those Mint Truffles and a bowl of popcorn complete the package for me-- card making fuel! Consider me inspired.
Aaah Mexico! Less than an hour away, and yet it's another world. If you live in Southern California, stop being a chicken and go to Mexico. Cheap food, lodging, and unbeatable souvenirs. Or as Daniel Tosh so eloquently put it.. "beautiful beaches and $50 never bought me so much weed." Kidding.. but seriously. I've been going for years and I've never encountered any trouble. We took a little day trip to pick up some Mexican gear
for my future nephew, and of course for those homemade tortillas. Oh the tortillas! They are just different when a sweet little lady is lovingly making them to order. You can taste the love. We also discovered Bennett's deep affection for chips and salsa.. maybe food taste is hereditary. I'm already scheming for our next adventure.
We've been laying low for the last few days and I have to say it feels good to be home. This November weather has been the perfect blend of gray mornings, warm afternoon sun, and cool breezes. We've managed to squeeze in some outdoor time and it makes me so thankful to call California home. A mild winter is just right.
My intention as the holiday season kicks into high gear, is to be thankful, kind, helpful, and interested in the needs of others. I realize each day that my son is watching me very closely-- and behaving in the same way that I do. During this time of merriment and family lies the perfect opportunity to set an example. I will work on making memories with him, showing him what giving is about, and filling our house with fudge and holiday music. I want him to look back on his early childhood and think of his Mom in a positive way. So excited for these sweet years ahead with our little boy.
Oh my gosh, I have been so bad about blogging. And my Thankful Fridays series went completely out the window.. I'm still thankful, just haven't been able to share. After my birthday on the 7th, my beloved Grandmother was in the hospital for a few days. Naturally, my mind was on her and getting her better. We were overjoyed when she was released from the hospital and home in time for her 89th birthday on the 14th. Albin and I drove out to see her and since my parents were there, we had an impromptu birthday celebration for my favorite lady. I've been so lucky to have this funny and crazy lady for a Grandmother. She's the best.
Happy Week Y'all!
There's so much to be happy for.
Although this was technically our second Halloween as a family, I was still in the fog of brand new motherhood to really enjoy Halloween last year. So taking Bennett Trick-or-Treating for the first time this year was a special experience. We set sail in our custom boat and it was such a hit around the neighborhood. Bennett played the Captain part well, and he totally "got" it when it came to Trick or Treating. I even gave him a tiny KitKat bar at the end of the night! Loved it. We spent the rest of the night visiting with neighbors and finally watching Hocus Pocus. I almost got a little emotional at the end of the evening thinking how quickly all these "firsts" are going by. But I gathered myself together and decided to just be in the moment.
And now that we have Halloween out of the way, November has arrived. It's one of my favorite months. Possibly because Albin and I both have birthdays this month, and possibly because the biggest eating day of the year is this month. Either way, I am excited--- and thankful. Which brings me to my Thankful November series. Every Friday in November I am going to share something I am thankful for. Something that reminds me of how important it is to appreciate all we have. Are you sharing similar stories? I'd love to hear.
Happy November y'all!
Oh they're so much fun aren't they? Going to a real pumpkin patch has got to be one of the best things about this time of year. Piles of fresh hay, petting zoos, mountains of pumpkins, cider stands. Oh yea, it's good stuff. Simple joy.. so good for you. We finally got around to going and I had the best time seeing Bennett exploring this place. We let him lead the way.. he checked out all the rides (tried to sneak in through the gate), and a few pumpkins of course, finally ending at the petting zoo. He walked around like he owned the place. Next year little man, you get to ride the rides!
Good Morning Monday! The gray days just keep on comin' around here and I can't complain. I'm really enjoying the cozy weather. We plan to enjoy Halloween week. We still need to carve our pumpkins, add the finishing touches to Benny's costume, watch Hocus Pocus one more time, listen to Thriller a dozen times, and eat a ton more candy!
Last night we had a little caramel apple party after dinner.. it was so festive and delicious. Nutella, caramel, pretzel sticks, white chocolate covered pretzels, crackers, candy corn and apples. We had such a fun time trying all the combinations.. the white chocolate pretzel in the caramel was so ridiculous, heavenly, over the top, decadent, it was EVERYTHING! I plan on eating another tray while we pass out candy on Thursday.
One other noteworthy announcement. The record player pictured above is sitting on the site our TV once called home. When we moved back to California we decided not to get cable. The reasons were partially economic, and partially to prevent Bennett (and me) from being a couch-potato. So the TV sat there looking ugly for months. We set it up for the occasional movie. But to me, it was just a black eyesore, making my tiny living room ugly. So yesterday I put it in the garage where Albin's office is. I turned the stand into our music station, and for now I couldn't be happier. I've never been philosophically opposed to TV-watching. In fact, I love it.. but we have an iMac that fits the bill when I need to get my Teen Mom fix. I was just surprised what a hard decision it was to finally move the TV outside. I didn't want to be one of those extreme "they hate tv" families. But I'm glad I made the switch. The house feels more open already!
I'm off to take this baby to a pumpkin patch. Happy week y'all!