I hope that your Christmas Eve was full of exciting anticipation, and that your Christmas morning was filled with peace and joy. I truly hope that as Christmas continues on, your days continue on to get merrier and brighter! I didn’t get a chance to blog on Christmas, but I thought of my readers and of wanting wish you all a merry Christmas. Thank goodness there are twelve days of Christmas. They have saved me in more than one way! And saving, so fitting–that really is what Christmas is all about. Saving up the memories you make. Saving up to buy gifts for others. Honoring He Who came to Save us all.
I’d just like to take a moment to wish you a Merry Christmas!
“May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope; The spirit of Christmas which is peace; The heart of Christmas which is love.”
– Ada V. Hendricks
“On cold December fragrant chaplets blow, / And heavy harvests nod beneath the snow.” — Alexander Pope
I’m so glad it is December.
This is absolutely one of my very favorite months ever. And the fact that this is my baby’s first Christmas…well, this month is more than welcome around here! As I said in my last post, I like writing to-do lists. But I like writing realistic ones. Or at least ones that give me a breather some months. Last month, my to-do list was pretty soft. But I knew I had a baby on the way and didn’t want to overcommit. (<–Or let’s be real…I wouldn’t have gotten anything done anyway, but I would have had guilt along with it!) Anyway, I’m looking at another soft month ahead, and I’m totally excited about that! Here we go, December 2017:
Celebrate my baby’s baptism. I’m about halfway done with her gown. I can’t wait for her special day!!
Make 4 new recipes. Currently thinking: rigatoni, crab pot pie, and sloppy joe’s…I still need one more.
Continue to toddler-proof the house. It’s part of my grand plan for a cleaner house with less cleaning. ha!
Play some Christmas music on the piano. “Sleigh Ride” is a real favorite of mine.
Read “A Christmas Carol” by Dickens. Because it’s Christmastime.
Bake Christmas cookies. See above.
Finish my two knitting projects. I’m making a turban and a stocking for my baby! Shhh…it’s a surprise!
Mail out Christmas cards! Because stationary and photos are so much fun. And I kind of need to.
Wrap presents. And there are a lot of them. Good thing I love wrapping paper parties!
Spend my very favorite holiday with my very favorite people. I LOVE Christmas!
And that’s pretty much it! So, not a lot of hardcore “t0-doing.” But that’s because I know myself too well. haha Because when it comes down to it, all I really want to be doing in December is spending time at home: cooking, knitting, crafting, drinking coffee (and shopping online). So here’s to a restful December 2017! What are your plans?
I was going to say that this November 2017 was my most eventful month of the year. But then I thought through the rest of the year and realized a lot happened in 2017: Army OCS graduation in February, moving in April, finding out in July we are moving again, another graduation in August, my daughter turning two in September, and then of course this month. Those were all big and fairly life-effecting events. But November 2017 still takes the cake. Because my baby arrived healthy and safe and perfect. And that’s a life-changing event! And my favorite kind of event.
But, in keeping with the tradition of these round-ups, let me review my to-do list to see how much I actually got done from it:
Develop a fixed blogging schedule. hahhahahahhaha. This month doesn’t count for having one. Next month.
Knit a Christmas stocking for my baby. I’m at least halfway there!
Write a bit in my novel. This one kinda makes me sad. I wish I had gotten some done. Even just a bit!!
Nest. I full-throttled nested! And still am.
Get back into pilates. It’s still modified as I have to heal my diastasis recti, but it’s going great.
Take a ton of photos. I’m not even done. But yes I took lots of photos.
Celebrate Thanksgiving. Baby’s First Thanksgiving!
Black Friday. With “black friday deals week” I didn’t actually have to shop on ACTUAL black friday.
Quite a few of those were softball assignments, but I did that on purpose. I like having a breathable to-do list when I have something big and life-changing and emotionally impactful coming up– in my case, having a baby. And just as a warning for next post, I’m pretty sure my December to-do list will be even MORE softball. But I don’t mind ending my year quietly–it only makes for an even bigger January!
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll come back soon. Not just for my December to-do list, but for a few posts I have in the works– specifically a gift-giving guide for your soldier, as well as my November ipsy unboxing, to name a few. Thanks as always for your support; I really enjoy writing for you, and I really hope you enjoy reading!
Bye-bye, November 2017!! You were good to me. In fact, you were my favorite month this year.
I know I haven’t been posting lately…but I couldn’t think of a better way to “get back on my blog” with a post wishing all my readers a happy thanksgiving. I’m so grateful for your readership! I know it goes without saying…but a blog doesn’t exist without readers. So thank you for coming back so often to read and to support this place!
Without taking up more of your time on this holiday– Happy Thanksgiving, 2017 style!
And PS: thanks for being so patient and understanding about my absence. I was taking off time for my little growing family. But you should see some new posts popping up here and there during the holidays. Maybe not as frequent as usual, but I’ll be around. I hope you will be too!
“November always seemed to me the Norway of the year.” – Emily Dickinson
It’s officially November 2017 (and a day!) And I’m just so thrilled. I feel like November is the kickstart of winter (maybe because I live in the south, so fall isn’t super cold around here?) I don’t know, it just feels so wintery once November hits. The clocks change, the weather dips, I shop a ton, and of course holidays galore start happening. <–dying of excitement. But before I get carried away with what I want to do, let me put it in list form!
Develop a fixed blogging schedule. I like schedules and think this could be beneficial around here.
Knit a Christmas stocking for my baby. I have made one for each member of our family, and it’s her turn!
Write a bit in my novel. I know this November is going to be busy, but I don’t want to leave my book behind.
Nest. Because what other activity is there really to do with a newborn??
Get back into pilates. It’s okay that pregnancy made me take a break, but postpartum pilates will be great.
Take a ton of photos. Mostly photoshoots of our daughters, but also some family holiday pictures!
Celebrate Thanksgiving. I just love the holidays and Thanksgiving gives me warm and happy feelings.
Black Friday. ‘Nuff said.
I’m keeping this list a bit smaller, like I said in my last post. I know that life with a baby will take our days into a nice, slow routine and I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself to get things done. I mean, I like to have expectations for myself. But I also like to be realistic. ha! I know myself and I know that the winter is all about slowing down and enjoying little things like baking and online shopping. And every day with a newborn is slow and full of those “moments” you want to remember forever. I’m just feeling really grateful for how lovely this fall has been, and I feel so sure that this winter is going to be even more special. I’m a true homebody at heart and every day with my family is something I treasure forever.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I would love to know your November 2017 plans. Leave a comment below about them, and I hope you’ll come back soon!