December 1, 2011

it's morning. at this very moment hadley is nestled into her crib, still sleeping away. i am nestled into our attic bedroom. i am showered. yessss. my hair is static-y. i am wearing jeans (aka not pajamas), my lumberjack slippers, and thinking about turning on our little electric heater, which i pretend is a wood burning stove. and i am too scared to creep downstairs for fear of waking up the little girl, because we have got a really good thing going on here. but i am celebrating up here in my chilly room. because it is december! and there is snow! just a little early morning dusting, but it's very happy. snow in december is the best of all! i hope it snows for you, too.

as i sit here thinking decembery thoughts, i'm looking at old photos. they are getting me in the mood. here are a couple from december 2009. doesn't that sound old now? we had just moved into our new house then. i remember how pretty our tree was!

we destroyed it with lights. so glowy! it made our walls look almost pink. and do you remember my sack lunch advent calendar? i loved that thing! maybe i will have to bring it back. and… remember the blizzard?

harms farm. christmas eve 2009. 
oooh. i hope we have another blizzard-full season ahead. according to the farmers' almanac (everyone goes by the almanac around here, you know) we are in for a whopper. like, 100 inches of snow or so. yeah. we have winter here in minnesota. no big deal. :)

but back to december 2011. here's what is going on so far:
1. the tree is up. this year we did a mixture of white and colored lights. it actually looks amazing.
2. our tree is not drippy with garland or spangled with ornaments. but it does have lights! 1,300 lights. on a tree that is way too small for 1,300 lights. that's how we like it.
3. if you've been following me on twitter, you know that i have already been watching Christmas movies, a gigantic guilty pleasure in my life. i'm with you guys who melt for The Family Stone. it's on at my house. over and over.
4. i'm letting my hair get dark. darrrrk. hello, winter blonde. at least according to rachel zoe's stylist, natural is so major right now.
5. only 3 classes left until grant gets his masters degree!!!!!
6. hadley is currently into sitting up and smiling so big her cheeks might pop. (she woke up at this point in the writing of this post. we got her dressed and fed and made some eggs for mom. she's playing on the floor now. i should be working in the kitchen instead of blogging...)
7. for christmas music i am enjoying the vince guaraldi trio holiday station on pandora, my old nat king cole stash, and michael buble's new album- which i am listening to on spottify.
8. the christmas quilt is out.
9. grant is planning another ice rink this year!
10. i've started making chai lattes after hadley goes to bed. mmmm.
11. basketball season is in full swing. (grant is coaching again.)
12. i've only gotten a couple Christmas gifts, but that's okay. amazon prime is my bff.
13. pajamas are really big around here. all day. at your house too?
14. we have a ton of yogurt in our fridge. homemade!
15. i will definitely be doing some more posting about GAPS. thank you guys for your awesome, honest feedback and cheering me on! i ate it up. how fun that some of you have been thinking about trying GAPS for yourself! i love that so many of us are thinking about the same stuff. i will be sure to share what i eat and some of my favorite recipes.


Nessa said...

Okay so catching up and jumped over to comment on the GAPS post and read you new one. Love that little kinda surprise.

I love lights. I think lights on a tree are pure magic. do you make your own Chai? I love it but haven't found the greatest home version yet.

I can't wait to hear about your GAPS journey. After my daughter was born and a few rounds of the old antibiotics... I think my guts were never going to get right. I ran across the GAPS diet and then found out we are expecting #2! So I am putting that on hold - at least the full-fontal version.

A Place to Reside said...

I, too, am enjoying some (Christmas/Frank Sinatra) Pandora. Very nice. Also, I'm loving Celestial Seasonings Nutcracker Sweet tea. It's a very Christmas-y way to start the day. :-)

Josie said...

I love your holiday posts! The christmas cheer is contagious and heartwarming...I am home with my 5 week old baby girl in christmas pjs, listening to christmas music and enjoying the holiday movies too..ahh the comforts of home during the holidays.

Amanda Greer said...

I love posts like this. lists and details :) I'm also a big fan of The Family Stone.

Amanda said...

I, of course, only notice the food part -- homemade yogurt!? (you are such a thoughtful wife.) I love Spotify thanks to Chad and am glad you do too!

ashley maureen said...

yay summer, i've missed these kinds of posts from you! it sounds like you're appropriately enjoying the cheerfulness of december. i bet you are so looking forward to celebrating with the addition of miss hadley! i hope you'll share a good recipe or two, and maybe a sneak peek of your decorated little house? we'd love it :)

Cecilia said...

We're getting into the Christmas spirit too! We always try to get a tree that fills at least half of our living room :)

Amy said...

Oh, how I love this post. Your blog is one of my favorites for Christmas cheer. We're getting into the spirit, too - the tree is up and plans of holiday outings and baking are in full swing. Sending you and yours much joy this season, Summer!



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Hello, I'm Summer. A people-loving introvert whose hope and life is in Jesus. His promises are my passion and my ministry is homelife. This blog is a place for me to write about everyday things. Especially food. My favorite thing to do is sit around a table, lingering over a long meal with good conversation. I live with my husband and our 2 littles. We like blizzards, thrifting, grammar, guacamole, cheerful hearts, nice manners, good movies, and making simple, real, nutrient-dense food.

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