I did not mean to be away this long. I have been busy with all that comes along with this holiday season, both at home and at my kiddos' school. Seems like we just celebrated halloween and now Thanksgiving is only days away and Hanukkah is a week later on December 1st and all teacher's holiday gifts need to be wrapped and ready by december 16th. I'm slowly working on several gifts that I'll share soon but mainly I've been unusually calm this year. I'm taking one day at a time and focusing on being present with my family.
I especially love that Ezra arrives home an hour before his brother and sister this year - at 2:30 I drop everything so that I can spend this precious hour with him. We talk about his day while we walk the dogs, get the mail, check on our chickens and share a snack. This has become our daily ritual and I cherish every moment that my pre-teen wants to share his concerns and his joys with his mama.
Abigail has been busy decorating our home for the holidays.
We still had fall pumpkins and gourds on the table when we added bowls of halloween candy. Over the weekend she placed Hanukkah "gelt" (chocolate coins) right over the leftover candy. Just as it became nearly impossible to tell which holiday we were celebrating....
Abigail added this strawberry corn and declared us "ready for Thanksgiving!" While I'm not sure which holiday we are prepared for, we are giggling a lot at all the silliness around here.
And for the past week all of our baked goods have been arranged in a giant latke platter that the girly insists sit in the center of our kitchen table. This has resulted in nearly daily baking because a dozen muffins disappear quickly when stored in plain sight like this. (These muffins were made from Trader Joe's Triple Berry Bran muffin mix - yummy and healthy. I substitute buttermilk for the water and add vanilla extract and semi-sweet chocolate chips. I am not a purist when it comes to baking and often doctor up a boxed mix because my kids don't care - they just want baked goods that are warm out of the oven. Bonus - these muffins each have 7 grams of fiber.)
While we're keeping an eye on the calendar and all that needs to get done, we must not forget that our hens need tending each and every day.
These girls haven't heard about Thanksgiving or Hanukkah or Christmas or New Year's. They just provide us with the most delicious (and beautiful) eggs ever - each and every day. The kiddos have named all of our hens and each time I present a baked good or an egg dish they ask which hen laid the eggs they are eating. And it's not uncommon to hear,"I'll have one of Rusty's eggs - sunny side up." I had no idea the joy and laughter and nourishment that these hens would bring us when I mail ordered day old chicks last May on a whim.
And while we're on the subject of staying calm and present during this holiday season I'll share that while I finished the jacket I was knitting - loosely based on the featherweight cardi - I could not figure out what possessed me to knit a garter stitch collar. It is now ripped and i'm knitting a 1x1 rib instead. I was watching this film when I made the dreaded decision to use garter stitch and so I am tempted to blame Coco Chanel for this atrocity - but just thinking about that makes me laugh out loud so I will assume all blame, savor the process, and re-knit the collar.
The above photo was taken by Abigail who is six and it is not cropped at all. After we finished reading her book I asked her to take a picture of my sweater - and she stood so close that she managed to frame it perfectly. The wool used is Peruvia Quick by Berroco in shade #9137.
May you find a reason to celebrate today.