Snow Days...And Stuff

Outside my window...

This is what it looked like outside my window last Friday morning.

And this is what it looks like this morning.  I love it.

Early morning

I think we've had about a foot.

One of our evergreens is so heavy with snow, it's bent almost completely over.

 I am thankful for...

this little guy. 

In the kitchen...

generous friends have been providing delicious meals for the past two weeks.  We've been eating like glutinous kings.  What a gift.

I am wearing...

my pajamas and I don't feel guilty about it.  Schools are closed again today andI told the kids we could have a pjs day.  I'm so type-A, this is a real treat for them (and me).

I am creating...

Christmas lists...still.  I thought I was finished shopping,  but I've lost track of what I've purchased so far.  I do this every year.  I need a better system. 

The girls are creating paper-chain garlands.

My sister-in-law, Mary, brought me some magazines while I was in the hospital.  The Christmas themed Better Homes and Gardens suggested making different types of Christmas garland for the tree.  I gave the girls a stack of pretty paper, a stapler and some scissors and let them go to town.  They've done a great job so far.

 I am going...

on a date with John this weekend.  It's long overdue and much needed.  I think we'll finish up that Christmas shopping.

I am reading...

I've lost track.  The last thing I was on was

A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius

but I haven't finished it.  Actually, I've abandoned several books lately and since the baby arrived, I've taken some time off of reading.

I'm interested in reading

The Sinner's Guide To Natural Family Planning

, though.  Looks promising and affordable.

I am looking forward to...

finally celebrating Patrick's 10th birthday which was on November 23.  With the new baby and some other conflicting activities, we had to wait.  But this weekend is

the

weekend for him.

I've also offered to take some family photos for a good friend of mine.  I'm excited and nervous.  I hope I don't mess up the pictures!

Around the house...

keeping the kids fed, the laundry going, and the learning happening.  This alone is a full time job.

A favorite quote for today...

from Pope Francis:

“The family is experiencing a profound cultural crisis, as are all communities and social bonds. In the case of the family, the weakening of these bonds is particularly serious because the family is the fundamental cell of society, where we learn to live with others despite our differences and to belong to one another; it is also the place where parents pass on the faith to their children. Marriage now tends to be viewed as a form of mere emotional satisfaction that can be constructed in any way or modified at will. But the indispensable contribution of marriage to society transcends the feelings and momentary needs of the couple. As the French bishops have taught, it is not born “of loving sentiment, ephemeral by definition, but from the depth of the obligation assumed by the spouses who accept to enter a total communion of life”.

One of my favorite things...

Our annual trek to the Christmas Tree Farm

Camille was miserable until John put her in the tree carrier. 

Securing a tree is tough work

with many opportunities for wrestling with siblings.

Our Tree

A peek into my day...

There has been lots of hot chocolate and candy canes, too! Hope your snow days are filled with as much warmth and delight as ours!