I went almost the entire day yesterday thinking it was Wednesday. It wasn’t until later in the evening I realized that no, it was in fact Thursday. So this Friday is especially exciting for me, considering it CAME OUT OF NOWHERE. Let’s catch up a bit, shall we?
Right after we got back from Thanksgiving, X so lovingly gave me his cold and I’ve been as sick as a dog this whole week. I finally ventured out yesterday (which was Thursday, not Wednesday by the way) to pick up some meds and orange juice…
Please note the hole in my shirt, as well as a good case of “I took a shower last night before bed and didn’t brush or dry before falling asleep” hair. But – I DID put on real pants for my trip to the grocery store so I was pretty proud of myself. (And for all of you germ-a-phobes who are shaking your heads at me for going to a public place with my cold germs, I wore gloves the whole time and kept my scarf around my face.) I was actually terrified people were going to think I was going to rob the place as I shopped in purple gloves and sunglasses and an infinity scarf over my mouth. (For the record, I am one of those germ-a-phobes so I’m not picking on anyone.) The only good thing about this dang death cold has been the hours spent in bed or on the couch watching ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas. And let me just say that Tim the Toolman as Santa Claus has to be one of my favorite things (from the 90s.)
My favorite kitty, Cleo, clearly has Instagram. This was proven last night when she sneakily showed up at the bottom of the stairs right after I’d Instagrammed her refusing to leave the upstairs (which has been the case since we moved into our new house). Is this what I have to do to get her to mind? Instagram and tattle on her?
On the other hand, my favorite pup was being especially cute last night as he tried his best to fit his entire body on a couch pillow. Oh, Oooj. You can do no wrong with a face like that.
My favorite part about beginning the decorating process at our house this year?
Hanging this little stocking on our mantle. We think about and pray for our babe every day and know they are on their way to us – we feel it! It only seemed right to bring that reminder of joy, hope & gratitude to our Christmasy-ness!
My favorite recipe at the moment is this one for Pumpkin Chili. In fact, it’s so good that I made it two nights in a row this week – at Christian’s request. (You can see what else I’m cooking here, and what I’m baking here.)
My favorite new tradition for Christmas this year has involved these JOY Cards Advent Calendar from one of my favorite shops, Persimmon Prints (owned by one of my favorite people). While I’d originally had grand plans of hanging these from our banister upstairs, life has been so busy lately and I’m just not sure if that’s gonna happen. HOWEVER, instead they rest on our dinner table and Christian and I have been reading each day’s card over dinner, reading the scripture and answering the questions at the bottom. It’s encouraged some really sweet conversations between the two of us… I think perhaps the cards will stay in this spot 😉
Before I wish us all a happy Friday, have you seen my current sponsors??
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Also, if you haven’t read through November’s Twelve Months of Bliss recaps, get on over there and catch up. WOW. I was so moved after reading each post. Doing these monthly challenges with you all has been really, really special to me. I cannot WAIT to read about how you all have been paying it forward this month!
Have the best weekend,