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Wishing you all a peaceful weekend. Some links of note I found this week…

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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!

Enjoy your weekend. Here are some links I’ve collected. Wishing everyone good health and plenty of patience in 2022…

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