Is December really nearly over? The holiday season has felt so rushed this year – though doesn’t it always? I’ve already made a resolution of sorts to take many more time-outs next year, in days of hurriedness and chaos, to thoroughly enjoy what these seasons are truly all about and, hopefully, maintain a little more sanity and ward off a little more stress. A girl can dream, right?
That being said, it’s still been a good month.
Winter came in with a vengeance this year – since we got off so easy last year, I presume – and we’ve been trying to use the weather as an excuse to spend more time at home, preparing meals, checking off to-dos, and catching our breath before the rush of Christmas and the New Year come at us at month’s end.
We’ve been attempting to keep up with the snow and ice, but it’s been rather relentless. I’ll admit, while I loathe walking on and driving in such wintry mixes, I love watching a good snowstorm from the comfort of a warm home – and feel so very fortunate to be able to do so, especially this time of year.
Weekends this December have presented us with snow galore, and the giant, fluffy flakes that come dancing down with each snowfall have left me feeling as if we’re living in a snowglobe. It’s been rather lovely, even if somewhat annoying when I have to scrape and shovel myself out to the street come my Monday morning commute.
I hadn’t had much an interest in it before, but this winter has really given me the itch to get our fireplace in working order and actually put it to use!
I’ve also taken to the kitchen more frequently than I have in years. I think this is partly a result of our making some progress in our minor kitchen renovations.
I’m just feeling more inspired to get back into baking and attempting to cook in a space that is finally beginning to feel like my own! Plus, firing up the oven helps to warm our home and fill it with all the cozy scents.
Despite the holiday shopping and gatherings and planning and daily routines this month, there have also been many late night dinners and early bedtimes and slow Sunday mornings and I’m okay with all of it. I’m thankful for all of it.
Now, I’m so looking forward to a few days spent with family and friends, reflecting on the past (crazy) year, and sneaking in one too many naps and cookies.
I hope you’ve had a lovely month, friends!