We went to our local Christmas tree festival this weekend, and my boy made a beeline for the super hero trees. Plopped himself down with this superman guy and said, "Mom! Picture!" Yeah, okay cute boy. Cheesey smile and all.
Also, this weekend was St. Nicholas day. We called it Sinterklaas day, because of my love for all things Dutch, but it's essentially the same thing. My girl was super excited about it and got shoes out for everyone.
She chopped the pears, poured the glass of milk, and loaded up the shoes with apples (for Sinterklaas's horses). I failed to grab photos of them the next morning (something to do with me staying up really late and them waking up at some ungodly early hour), but St. Nick brought them some new seasonal story books that I'll be sure and include here soon. It was really fun and we'll definitely repeat this festival again next year!
And.... it snowed! A whole lot. It is so beautiful and I'm anticipating the moment when boatloads of snow will start dumping down again. The more snow, the merrier in my winter book.
I've been knitting like crazy the last few days. I'll share a bit of what I've been making really soon.
Thought I would share more of our tree-getting fun. On Saturday, we went up the mountain to go find the perfect Christmas tree. It was so beautiful, sunny, cold, and so so quiet. We tromped around in the snow, from tree to tree, analyzing each ones qualities, trying to decide which one wanted to go home with us. I have to admit, I think we kept looking, because we were enjoying wandering around so much. The kids were enjoying the environment just as much. It was so amazingly beautiful. At one point, when the little people were done with cold and walking, we started asking the woodland fairies and gnomes to help us find our tree. I think it helped, because we went home with the sweetest, most beautiful Christmas tree ever.
Kissing the trees, because she was so sad that one was going to be cut down. What a sweet kid.
The kids remembered all of their snow gear, except for their gloves. Papa and I forgot them, too. So we shared ours with them. Apparently they got a big kick out of the size difference.
Knitting a hat for my girl (notice she keeps "borrowing" mine). It's finished now, and I'll share in another post.
Hope your holiday perparations are a whole lot of fun!
Lots of relaxing this past weekend. That's what weekends are for, right?
My beautiful girl. I'm lucky my kids let me photograph them. A lot.
Goodbye day. Goodbye leaves and Autumn. Winter is almost here.
Reminiscing on our trip to New England. Wishing I were there (and then reminding myself to enjoy where I am now).*
Old Montreal. I could live there. And I don't do enormous cities well. But I could live there.
Maine color and me. We get along so wonderfully.
* (yes, I have 5 toes on each foot - just FYI).
That's me. I've had this strange avoidance mechanism kicking in the last week or two. Sorry, folks.
This weekend I photographed another birth (I'll ask the mama if she will allow me share a photo or two). It was gorgeous, fast, calm, sweet, and of course, just so beautiful. I love being the photographer at a birth. It's just such a wonderful combination of art and one of life's beautiful miracles. What job could be better?
I have a couple photos to share, though. One is an amazing sunset from a few days ago and the other - it snowed today. Yes, snow. Winter is here. I'm very happy (it's probably my most favorite season), but feeling unprepared for all the fun ahead (and my responsibility to organize and conduct all that fun)! I said I would be working on that sweet vest, but unfortunately (or fortunately) when I went to pick it up another pattern caught my eye. So, yes, I started yet another project instead of working on the one at hand (I'll tell you more about it next week). What was that about avoidance? Ahem.
Enjoy the last of Autum everyone! If I don't get back here before Halloween, everyone be safe and wonderfully happy!
This past weekend, we headed back up to the big city for a really awesome event. The papa played his djembe in an African orphanage benefit concert.
The fire dance group was really awesome. My fire-obsessed son was right at the front entranced. He has since talked almost non-stop about the "fire swords." Oh dear...
The next morning, we wandered around a really great park for a couple hours. Playing, people watching, feeding the ducks and geese, talking, and just quietly (and sometimes noisely) enjoying each others company. It was so relaxing and lovely.
And, of course, the papa started taking photos of me (being the camera shy girl that I am). And I have to say, I'm not as scared of them as I thought I would be...
This week, I'm trying to work away at that sweater I started a while ago. Let's see if I can finish the thing! Oh, projects... What is everyone working on? Have you started crafting for the holidays and if so, what are you making?
Yesterday, the kids and I, a friend and her children all drove to an organic apple orchard to stock up! It was a really great time. The kids were in a picking frenzy - we left with over 100 lbs. of apples!!! I'm totally excited about getting to can applesauce with the kids this year. Last night, for dinner (because I was tired and out of ideas), we had apple crisp and corn. I have a feeling apples will be included in some way in every meal for a while...!
Yesterday, we went up the mountain with some friends to play and check out the foliage. We lasted about 45 minutes before we headed back down. Brrr! So insanely beautiful up there, though.
Tyler and I are headed up to the big city for the next couple of days, sans enfants once again! So excited. Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!