We have been taking a few quiet days here to enjoy calm after the past busy weeks. (Well, mostly calm until the tragedy of spilled Sea Monkey water at lunch today). I hope you are all enjoying your holidays so far. Josie is so happy to have her big sister home for the week and new toys and art projects are keeping them busy. I always feel a little sad after the frenzy of making and wrapping and cooking for Christmas is over. But thinking about the excitement of the year to come and planning new projects always makes me feel better.
A few things from the last weeks:
*Decorated. My once vintage-only tree decorations have made way for crayon colorings and heavily decorated bottom branches.
*Wrapped. A mix of vintage and Ikea papers and glittered tags.
*Josie, Christmas Eve Party. Methodically eating an entire piece of cake with one antenna and a grown-up fork.
**Cheers to New Year’s Plans!**
We are slowly trying to feel normal here after the tragedy in Connecticut last Friday. It feels a bit hollow to be celebrating and decorating in the shadow of such an inconceivable sadness. We are lucky that our girls are too young to understand what has happened, and Chris and I wipe away tears when they are not looking. Our hearts break for those who have lost the ones they love. We hug our children closer now. We find a little more appreciation for the days we have together.
We celebrated an early Christmas this past week with our new cousin and family. The kids opened stockings and presents and the adults cooked and talked and ate good food together. Here is the recipe from the Inspired Taste blog that we used to make Salted Caramel Sauce. We added a pinch of nutmeg to our sauce and it is delicious. We made another batch and added extra cream to make a cocktail base. (It is sort of a caramel Bailey’s flavor). This batch could easily be frozen into yummy ice cream.
It has been a dramatic and scary week for many of us here on the East Coast. We are thankful our family and friends are safe and that our home weathered the storm, and our hearts go out to those who were not so lucky. We spent a night upstairs Sunday sleeping away from tree the branches creaking and bending outside the windows. Chris and I were up late listening to the wind and hoping for the best during our first real storm in this old house. Ada and Josie jumped ecstatically on the feather bed we’d put down for them as we adults tried to look brave. This week also had our family waiting out a frightening but ultimately successful medical scare. We are so thankful that all is going well with our sweet cousin and niece. Both the storm and the surgery are now becoming the past and healing is starting. The last week makes me want to hug my girls and remember how lucky we are, and what a luxury it is to be able to take that for granted. Chris just left with the girls in their costumes for a Halloween party. They are off on adventure of first trick-or-treating and have quite forgotten about the scares of the past few days. I am happy to be here alone for the moment, in an empty and now quiet house, feeling thankful.