Ahhhh, the winter hibernation mode is upon me. While other people enjoy sunshine, I love a cloudy cold day…complete with wintery goodies, a phenomenal book and a warm fire. Even holiday shopping doesn’t pull me far away from the house. Online shopping is my pleasure, especially since I’ve nailed down favorite, reputable sites. My absolute favorite: www.etsy.com. Handmade, unique treasures await my purchase. Like walking through a mega arts festival, except I have a cup of hot cocoa and warm slippers complimenting my shopping experience.
I even hosted Z’s birthday party right here in our home. Crazy, messy fun all around…but there is something fulfilling about making a homemade cake and enjoying it with a few friends at home. It was my own private rebellion against the multitude of mega-entertainment parties everyone throws these days. Not that I’m judging – to each his own. I just can’t stand the money spent, the loud chaos and the generic birthday feeling (“your party is at table #4) involved. Yes, the kids love it. But I think parents – myself included – can mentally overdo the birthday experience. After hours of debate involving Z’s first friend party and location…I exhaustedly asked her if a home party is ok. She jumped, skipped, twirled, laughed and cheered a resounding, “That sounds awesome!!!!” A humbling reminder to me.
Oh, I have to mention our new family member: Stormy. Named by the birthday girl, she’s our 7 mth old domestic short hair kitty cat. A true love bug with just the right dash of personality. Another reason to enjoy home on these winter days……
I wish you a gingerbread cookies…family and friends….curl up with a good book December …. stay toasty.