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How was your week? I felt like this one flew by and I still have a lot of items I was hoping to cross off the sticky-note hanging from my computer monitor. One of the big items on that list is to figure out how we’re celebrating Skyler’s upcoming birthday. She’s very excited about turning eight and had lots of ideas involving her whole class and I need to figure out some very small, low-key alternatives that still seem exciting while being Omicron-appropriate. Last year we celebrated over Zoom with three of her girlfriends (photo above), so I know we can top that!

How have you been celebrating birthdays these last couple of years? Your or your childrens’?

Stay healthy and enjoy the weekend!

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Happy New Year!

We had to trim the top of the tree to take it out of the house, and now it sits by the curb awaiting its trip to the city compost. Always feels a little sad to see it out there—this item that we decorated so lovingly for a month. How do you feel about cleaning up after the holidays? My feelings upon seeing the tree probably tie-in to my relief to seeing the house cleared of all the decorations. Even without actually doing any New Year purging or organizing, one gets the illusion of a clean slate simply from putting away all of the ornaments and such.

We had a lovely if bittersweet holiday. Aron’s father John—my wonderful father-in-law—passed away shortly before Christmas and his presence was and will be missed greatly. I was recalling him singing along with the holiday classics as we decorated cookies on a visit to Germany many years ago and especially missed his voice this year. And yet his memory and spirit was everywhere in the happy family traditions we continued to enjoy. I shared some photos and a few more thoughts in this post and here is a link to his obituary. He had a remarkable life and I feel so lucky for all of the years I have been welcomed into his and Aron’s family’s home.

Aron’s sister and her family visited from Germany for a while and Hudson and Skyler were as enamored as ever with their older (and very, very tall) cousins. They worked on sewing crafts and got plenty of tips on Minecraft. Speaking of sewing, I got my first sewing machine for Christmas and am looking forward to working on some projects, too! I took a “getting started” class this week and hope to keep getting more comfortable. If anyone has any online project tutorials they’ve enjoyed (good for beginners), let me know!

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Last day of school before the holiday break!

I found this festive photo while poking around on the Marlow & Sons website. These dinners at long tables always held such romance to them. I hope we get to have them again soon! I feel like a lot of our traditions around the holidays have come back this year, with a few notable exceptions—the large holiday party being one of them. Another is the in-person Santa visit. We Zoomed to the North Pole last weekend, which seems to go over surprisingly well with the kids who read him their letters and professed to behaving. We have been seeing our Santa for many years now and he seemed a little sadder this year about missing the children. I confess I always think of the Santa-gig as something done a bit begrudgingly, a la a Macy’s Santa in a David Sedaris story, and forget that we know one that’s more Macy’s Kris Kringle from Miracle on 34th Street.

The kids have been opening their advent calendar activities each morning and I have to put a pitch in for cutting coffee-filter-paper snowflakes if you’ve never done it and are looking for an easy afternoon winter craft. It’s always such a hit! Something about snipping away with abandon (let it make a mess—there’s no glue or glitter so the sweep-up is simple) and the surprise reveal (will you get a snowflake or a donut) is so satisfying! It always makes me feel a little guilty for not doing more crafts with the kids—they love it so much—but it’s hard to find any others as simple as this. The coffee filters are my favorite because they’re easy to cut through and come in packs that last years if you let them.

Any favorite activities to recommend from your home?

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