Right now... days at home are my favorite thing.
Right now... minutes tinkering on the piano lift my mood almost immediately.
Right now... Daniel is reading The Hobbit.
Right now... reading American Girl doll books aloud with Mercy brings me great joy.
Right now... Gracie insists on doing her reading too, whenever Daniel and Mercy sit down to read.
Right now... evenings spent making doll clothes for the girls for Christmas feels exciting and sneaky.
Right now... my Christmas shopping list doesn't have anything crossed off yet.
Right now... my mom's offer to take the kids on Saturday so Eric and I can Christmas shop is keeping me from feeling too overwhelmed.
Right now... the Apple website gets a visit daily as I await a more specific release date than "December" for the new Mac Pro.
Right now... my jeans are too tight and I prefer not to change out of my yoga pants, but I do.
Right now... it's time to get back into the exercise habit.
Right now... "behind" describes almost everything that falls within my responsibilities.
Right now... the "stuff" in our sweet home is starting to make me a little bit snippy.
Right now... life is very good and beautifully blessed.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Yesterday afternoon was magical. After a very full morning, the girls and I had a very quiet afternoon at home while the boys watched the game at my parents' house. There was no bickering or arguing. The girls played with their dolls (Our Generation -- AG knock-offs from Target that they love) for three hours. It is exactly what I needed to recharge my batteries from a draining morning and gear up for a very full week ahead with back to back seasonal activities.
Do you ever get tired of the holidays before they even officially arrive?
I dream of the day that I am brave enough to say what is in my head. No we won't be doing that this year. And when they look at me puzzled that I could decline an invitation to a party or shopping trip, or gift exchange or a Christmas Concert or a lights festival during the holidays I might even be bold enough to say: We've decided this year our Advent Season is going to be about quiet waiting for Christmas instead of arriving at Christmas so ready for it to please finally be over.
But this afternoon was nearly perfect, so special and sacred, leaving me wanting to reserve more of this in the days ahead.
I've been doing December Daily longer than I have been doing Project Life. But Project Life is an all-year thing, so in my mind, it takes precedents. So I make my December Daily work within Project Life. Our family life is just too busy, especially in December to make separate books. Thankfully, it's been really easy to marry the two projects.
And here is each day, so you can see them as isolated layouts.
Love the simple things during this time of year! What about you?
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
My favorite photo from yesterday was the one of our high bush cranberries with the frost on them. The frost with a punch of red, I love it.
Now that I am caught up on December Daily I need to go back and work hard on Project Life today. How about you? Are you all caught up on Project Life and able to really focus on December's festivities, or are you like me, wanting desperately to get all caught up on PL so that you can end the year ready to really jump into 2014?
Here is my December 2 of December Daily. My goal this year is to keep it simple. I am behind on Project Life. This morning I counted, which I have avoided doing, and once again I am nine weeks behind. (The last time I played PL catch-up I was that far behind.) So, December Daily isn't one more thing I want to get behind on. So simple. One 6x6 layout a day with journaling and I am choosing to be satisfied.
Today I used glitter numbers to add a little sparkle to an otherwise plain layout. The numbers are from my freebie kit ALGM Glitter Kit 02, which you can download HERE if you'd like.
May the holidays be more about memories WITH people and less about making a December Daily masterpiece!