december 31st- {self}

20131231-214755.jpg

 

This wasn’t the photo that I had intended to take but, as usual, the day got away from me; guests were due to arrive, other things had to get done to prepare for more celebrations and I ran out of daylight. So, here I am, reflected in the mirror I inherited from my late grandmother, in less than great light.

I have so many thoughts bounding around in my head (which I think you can see in this photo.) Thoughts about this past month’s project, about 2013 and about what the coming new year holds for us and this homestead.

Hopefully I will find time to sit and write it all down over the next few days to share not only for you but also for posterity.

I wish a beautiful close to the year and a bright and promising 2014 for you all!

Much love as always,

Laura

december 30th- {libation}

20131231-084815.jpg

A rare moment where both kids went to sleep and both stayed asleep. We each grabbed a drink, took a little time to recharge before the next round of celebrations begin and discussed 2013. Here’s hoping your 2014 is full of love and good things.

Cheers!

december 29th- {glisten}

20131229-234053.jpg

I have loved sitting in the warm glow of the tree during these dark winter nights.

I’m not sure I ever really noticed the pretty pattern that the star reflects onto the ceiling.

Thankfully, we have three more Christmas celebrations to go, so I have another week to bask in it.

december 26th- {rest}

20131227-000141.jpg

Nursing their Christmas “hangovers,” a product of too much sugar, too much excitement and not nearly enough sleep. Also, PJ spiked a fever late in the day yesterday (his sister had one the day before Christmas Eve- with no other symptoms, as well) which broke sometime while sleeping last night.

So, Mama’s orders were to stay inside on the particularly cold and blowing day to work their way through playing with all the gifts they were blessed with.

Thankfully, that was acceptable to them and, hopefully, everyone will have a run of good health for the next long while. Fingers crossed!

*Everyday this December I am striving to post a picture-a-day in the hopes of capturing the little moments that may seem ordinary at the time but, when strung together throughout this naturally hectic month, become the extraordinary ones that keep me ground until the new year. If you want to join me go here. I would love to share in your days as well. 

december 25th- {family}

20131226-125421.jpg

Meant to share this yesterday.

The kids woke us at 7:30…later than expected! We spent the entire day in our pajamas, took all morning to leisurely open gifts and stopped in between to play with each one. We enjoyed a brunch prepared with products mostly grown/raised right here on the homestead, took naps and then watched movies, snuggled and snacked on the couch until it was time to crawl into bed again. Perfection!

I hope your day was as relaxing and sweet. ❤

*Everyday this December I am striving to post a picture-a-day in the hopes of capturing the little moments that may seem ordinary at the time but, when strung together throughout this naturally hectic month, become the extraordinary ones that keep me ground until the new year. If you want to join me go here. I would love to share in your days as well. 

december 24th- {light}

D7K_6552

May your day be filled with awe.

Merriest of Christmas and Happiest of Yules to all who celebrate.

 

*Everyday this December I am striving to post a picture-a-day in the hopes of capturing the little moments that may seem ordinary at the time but, when strung together throughout this naturally hectic month, become the extraordinary ones that keep me ground until the new year. If you want to join me go here. I would love to share in your days as well. 

december 23rd- {white}

20131223-221011.jpg

I know white flour is the enemy (and I only dare whisper the word gluten) but it is Christmas after all, and my children are part Italian and it would not feel like Christmas morning without my mom’s Panettone; lightly toasted and slathered in butter, of course!

So, here we are, mixing and kneading at nearly 10 pm so that the bread may rise next to the wood stove over night. Tomorrow we will add the nuts and candied fruits- baking it and filling the house with the smell of my childhood holidays.

Happiest of Christmas Eve-Eves to you all!

*Everyday this December I am striving to post a picture-a-day in the hopes of capturing the little moments that may seem ordinary at the time but, when strung together throughout this naturally hectic month, become the extraordinary ones that keep me ground until the new year. If you want to join me go here. I would love to share in your days as well. 

december 22nd- {darkness}

20131223-105520.jpg

The longest night and first full day of winter were dark, dreary, cold and coated in ice.

As it should be!

I am glad to have spent it with family- safe, warm and surround by thousands of twinkle lights.

*Everyday this December I am striving to post a picture-a-day in the hopes of capturing the little moments that may seem ordinary at the time but, when strung together throughout this naturally hectic month, become the extraordinary ones that keep me ground until the new year. If you want to join me go here. I would love to share in your days as well. 

december 21st- {gift}

D7K_6442

We visited with family, celebrated the shortest day, participated in traditions, ate delicious- homegrown food, played a new (and now much-loved) game by the light of the tree-in front of our solstice fire and then all drifted off to sleep early.

A perfect and Happy Solstice was had! Many Blessings to you and yours as the Sun gains strength this winter season! ❤

 

*Everyday this December I am striving to post a picture-a-day in the hopes of capturing the little moments that may seem ordinary at the time but, when strung together throughout this naturally hectic month, become the extraordinary ones that keep me ground until the new year. If you want to join me go here. I would love to share in your days as well. 

december 20th- {twinkle}

D7K_6434

Twinkle, Twinkle…

This was an ornament we made back when PJ was just over a year old. Kevin made the star shape, I wound the wire and sprayed the glue. And PJ? Well he threw the glitter, some of it hit the star, most of it ended up covering the kitchen table and floor.

It still sheds glitter every time I take it out of the ornament box, every time his sister moves it to a new spot on the tree during her (now daily) tree redecorating sessions and every time I put it away until next year’s holiday rolls around.

Every time I watch as the glitter hits the carpet, smiling.

*Everyday this December I am striving to post a picture-a-day in the hopes of capturing the little moments that may seem ordinary at the time but, when strung together throughout this naturally hectic month, become the extraordinary ones that keep me ground until the new year. If you want to join me go here. I would love to share in your days as well.