I wasn’t quite sure what to come on here and write this morning. When tragedies take place it’s hard to want to just jump on this space and show you my grocery cart. I get how insignificant these posts are in comparison to to the real events going on around us. It’s difficult, though, because I don’t have anything poignant or profound to say about what happened in Paris or what is going on elsewhere. I watch the updates with just as much horror and sadness. I pray for peace and this world we’re raising our two girls in. So while words that carry any weight escape me, please don’t think it means I am oblivious or heartless. Like you, I see it all. It makes me hug my people more tightly and focus on being grateful for the good that I see. I believe that despite these horrific happenings, there is still much good in the world, including under my own roof. And that’s what I try to focus on here, the good.
With that, we started decorating for Christmas this weekend. I do usually wait until after Thanksgiving, but honestly, an extra week to experience the childlike joy of the season sounded pretty darn great to me. As we turned on Christmas music and pulled out the garland, Hailey lit up. In fact, all weekend she ran around the house literally squealing with happiness.
A child’s joy is nothing short of infectious.
Saturday we were excited to have our friends visit with their new, one-month-old, baby girl.
Sarah graciously let me snuggle her for a large majority of the time and I soaked in that sweet baby goodness. She was such a sweet baby I’d be lying if I said it didn’t pull on my heartstrings.
I love having friends over because it gives me an excuse to play hostess.
I love snacking more than almost any meal, so snack we did. I’m glad the adults got to try some of the fancy cheese before Hailey took a liking to the goat gouda.
Stay classy, sweet girl.
Dan brought along a local ginger cider from York, SC that was on point.
It was so much fun just relaxing and catching up with longtime friends. We actually introduced these two back in the days of yore when we were all a bunch of 20-somethings living and playing in the city. Where does the time go?!
The rest of the weekend was spent taking pictures of Kaitlyn, according to my camera.
I thought I remembered 18 months (today!) being challenging because of communication gaps, but honestly this girl is at an awesome stage. Hide and seek in the cabinets, delight at the pet store…
and she’s such a fabulous little helper at Target too.
I turned for one second and she comes toddling over with these shrieking “diss?!”
We finished up the weekend with Mexican food.
And a pitcher of margaritas for no other reason than to celebrate this little life that we love so much.
Now I’m ready for bootcamp to really give it to me this week.
Let’s keep the good going.
What is one thing that brought you joy this weekend?