Snowy Days

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We had a little bit of snow here over the weekend. Looking through my photos, and writing about snow, feels a little funny because I think it is nearly 70 degrees out right now. Virginia weather is so crazy. I’m trying hard to get back in the habit of daily walks and felt proud of myself for getting out on the days it was below 30 out. I’m wimpy when it comes to cold but I have definitely learned to appreciate snow. I took Mabel out for a few minutes so she could feel snowflakes landing on her cheeks for the first time. Then I ran her back inside to put more balm on them, because she has a major case of chapped winter baby cheeks, as all my kiddos do when the air is dry and cold (despite humidifiers, etc.)

When we unpacked the attic at our old house, we discovered a crystal chip and dip platter that we were given as a wedding gift, and never used for lack of a convenient place to store it, and maybe it just seemed a little too fancy? Fancy proved to be pretty exciting to my little ones when I made a simple dill dip and shopped a bunch of veggies for them, and now we’re using the “crystal” everyday-ha!

A few weeks ago Silas starting asking for a Lite-Brite. I’m not sure where he got the idea…maybe me mentioning the one I had as a kid at some point recently. It must have sounded fun because he persisted in his requests, despite not really understanding what he was asking for. I ended up searching Ebay and finding a vintage one just like I had as a kid, along with a big stack of the black sheets with designs on them. The kids have all gone crazy for this thing, and I have found myself sitting and punching pegs through the holes too…remembering that “V” is for violet…and “P” is for pink…not purple. Such a great toy.

Life feels a little more…(thinking of a nice word)…abundant? overflowing? than usual right now. The move is complicated and requiring so much work. We sold some of our land this week, which was necessary, but bittersweet. Our neighbors bought it from us, planning to do what we have, enjoy it, and prevent it from being built on. I think it was their first land purchase for the sake of the land itself. I wondered and hoped that they are feeling right now what we felt when we bought it. I’m beyond grateful that they wanted it, even though I hate to say good-bye. I’m trying to figure out some tax things related to our little business (not fun!) and also trying to keep everyone on track with school while making plans for next year. I’ll have three high-schoolers and the planning needs to happen now.  There’s lots to do beyond our usual level of large family chaos, but I’m grateful for the opportunities. Of course I’m wishing I had a few more hours every day, as we all do from time to time. I’m making sure to spend a little time knitting each day because that helps me to relax. Maybe adding in a little therapeutic Lite-Brite times as well. 🙂

p.s. Ravelry notes on Mabel’s sweater and hat (from the snow pictures).  The little cream colored sweater she is wearing in the photo on the bed is a Leksak that she received as a gift. (Susan, she’s been wearing it all the time! She had a bit of a growth spurt, so she fits it sooner than I thought she would!)

Celebrating and Settling in

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The other day, I noticed that the light hitting the forest behind our house was looking remarkably beautiful, and I ran for my camera and zoom lens. About that time, Jonny came and grabbed me, saying, “Come on, you’ve got to see this.” He was talking about the same light, of course. We got in the car and drove down the road, just wanting to see all that we could. There was even a double rainbow in the sky. It was pretty amazing. I thought about how grateful I am that our landscape hasn’t changed much with this move.

A friend asked today how we’re doing as far as the move goes. I told her that it feels a little like we’ve been on vacation (though not the relaxing kind) and I’m ready to go home now. Only, we are at home, it just doesn’t feel that way yet. And I really don’t want to go back to living in our other house, I just want to feel at home, you know? That won’t happen overnight, and I know better than to expect it to. We are hanging pictures here and there, and making plans for what we would like to do to make this house better reflect us as a family. Making a place your own takes time.

To answer a question that many of you have, yes, we have room here for our animals! What we don’t have yet is fencing. Fencing will be the chief work of this week and next.

Last week, we celebrated Beatrix’s eighth birthday, our first family celebration in the new house. We came up with a crazy (maybe not so crazy, actually) last minute cake idea: two pans of brownies with a layer of ice cream between, topped with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. Total stomachache, but so good! Reminded me of the Shoney’s hot fudge cake that we oftentimes got on birthday dinners out when I was a kid.

Beatrix was pretty specific about what she wanted for her birthday: mainly this dress, this doll, and this bonnet. To make up for the lack of a homemade birthday dress or sweater (still knitting the first sleeve!) I also bought her and Mabel matching dresses. The lack of enthusiasm when Bea opened that gift was hilarious. I admitted to Jonny that maybe the matching dresses were really a gift for me.

We dipped leaves gathered in our new backyard in beeswax (Beatrix is wearing her original orange Sunday Sweater in that post!), ate more ice cream, and had a wonderful time celebrating. Another week, and it will be Advent, the perfect time of year to keep doing the work of settling in, making this house our home.