wow. it's really here. december. and didn't old man winter come in with a bang today, being the first day of december. i woke up to 62 degree temperatures, to ending the day around 400pm, with 32 degree temps and a wicked snow storm happening. only in syracuse, i suppose.
so - i've wanted to follow along with ali e and her december daily albums for years now, and just can't ever seem to make the time. i stock up on supplies. and there they sit. so i figured, this year, i'd blog about it. we've done a lot of festive stuff so far this season, and i need a place to document it all... so join me. and hopefully we can both get in the spirit.
this year, i explained to the hubby, i needed a joyful holiday season. it's not about gifts, parties, or cookie swaps to me. all those things require time that i'm not always willing to give, but often do so out of obligation. this year, it's about the number three. him, her and i. that's it. i want to continue building tradition. joyful, simple, tradition. so here's how it looks so far:
|there's been lots of teaching...|
|she insists we wear our aprons every time|
|summoning more snowflakes. it began to snow the minute we parked our car downtown.|
|dear sweet stranger who OFFERED to take a picture of us? i love you more than words. joyful.|
|this was the one she chose.|
|and it's perfect.|
|pink. what else?|
|the play room tree, complete with a little village and train tracks.|
|if you don't know the story of The Elf on a Shelf, go google it. you must get an Elf! We named him Eddie May.|
and that my friends, is how i kicked off december. not too shabby. and i am praying the joyfulness remains. because it's the little things like this, that make all the rotten things not so stinky.
peace and be good. see you tomorrow. where do you think Eddie will end up tonight?