In the spirit of Christmas and December (one of my FAVORITE months of the year), I’ll mention some things that make me HAPPY these days!
1) My sister being down from college for Christmas break – yay!!!!!! It’s fun how our 6-year age difference seems to be less and less noticeable each year as we get older. She is so much fun and today we are making Christmas cookies 🙂
2) Liam’s love of coloring! I feel like he is so much older than 2.5 sometimes lately. This morning, he walked out of his room into the kitchen, turned on the light by himself, and started coloring with his crayons and coloring book at the table. When did he get so independent!?
3) David’s raise – just in time for Christmas, my hard-working hubby got a change in his compensation package that is a great thing for our family. Praise God for his provision!
4) Dad’s successful eye surgeries – My dad recently had cataracts moved in both of his eyes (they did each eye about 5 weeks apart) and the final one was done yesterday. Thankful that things seem to have gone well.
5) Lauren’s low-maintenance self – I didn’t want to say much early on in case her personality changed, but now at almost 3-months-old, Lauren continues to be a wonderfully mellow little gal! We are so thankful for her! She tolerates her older brother’s noise without crying, sleeps pretty well for her age (wakes up once or twice from 7:00pm-7:00am, but only to eat) and loves to interact with us. She is such a smiley little girl. Oh how we love her!!
6) A fun visit with old-time friends – My 4 siblings and some of their family members plus my dad all went up to Brush Prairie, WA to watch the Civil War duck game with our old-time family friends from Alaska this past weekend. It was a fun time and made me remember all the wonderful times we had with them and with my mom over the years.
7) Christmas cookies – Making mom’s signature recipe today! Chocolate pistachio thumbprint cookies. And yes, they are even better than they sound 🙂
8.) Grandpa Gene’s fudge – I may be making THAT today, too! Bring on the seasonal memorable recipes!
Anyway, that’s all for now.
(Can you believe this was how my mom set her table last Christmas? This was less than 3 months before she died, she was not doing any more treatment/chemo and was very weak, yet she wanted it to be special for Christmas. What a wonderful woman!)