There are the staple Christmas activities that fuel this season. We made our first batch of holiday cookies yesterday. The boys are of an age where this is really entirely their project. I was very hands-off as they cut out their gingerbread men, trees, stars, hearts, and mittens. The icing was still a wonderful mess, but this year I am so grateful for the attitude I adopted of not minding the mess in the least. I only helped once! And the cookies turned out just as they should, completely covered in candy and dripping off the sides with icing. The boys were very focused, and it was good for them to just dive into the process. Taking that approach of simply not worrying is so awesome! I suggest everyone give it a try. The clean up is the same either way, so why not take the stress out of the whole experience and just do it all at the end...
Having some snow flurries and ushering in these recent colder days has us casting our thoughts to Christmas. The memories I keep of my childhood Christmases are so dear to me, and I really hope that our boys will be able to keep Christmas alive in their hearts through the years, too. I think it's the traditions and the joy and anticipation that is felt this time of year that creates such closeness for families, a bond that lasts all through the years. I hope they will hold onto that and that we, their parents, can help to create it a little each day. The magic and the essence of the season.
I've also been busy in the making department. Mittens are halfway finished for Sam, since we seem to have lost the ones from last year. Sadly, a few precious handknits haven't made it to this year. I've lost two of my favorite mittens, two!! Where is that black hole of lost items?? Wish I knew! The holiday season also brings on more painting sales and interest, so that has me busy keeping up. There are packages to put together and to ship (my least favorite part of the entire business side of things), and there are always more paintings to be painted. So, in the midst of the list of gifts to make, the paintings to paint and ship, the holiday traditions to keep up with, boys running around like pirates all day and the reading, writing, math (and math bowling!), and studies to keep up with in our homeschool, we have ourselves a humming, busy house these days.
Oh, and did I mention that we are in the process of taking down a wall? This week? We are bonkers, but it seems we are happy, so I suppose being a bit bonkers is okay sometimes, wouldn't you say?
be still (study), oil, 6.5 x 6.5
golden fields, oil, 5 x 5