What a lovely weekend I've had. Nothing special, nothing fancy, just a lot of pottering around the house with Bella and Angus while John was at work, doing nice things together just the three of us. Well, four if you count Molly.
Making me happy this weekend:
:: Pink poinsettias.
:: Angus in his Christmas jumper writing his Christmas cards. This is the first year he's willingly done this and it's mostly because his handwriting has improved. He told me proudly that his teacher said he's "nearly ready to start using a pen!" which is apparently a very big deal
:: Dogs cuddling dogs.
:: Boxes of clementines.
:: Crafting with air drying clay while listening to Christmas music. This was my first time using this and I really enjoyed it - I will show you the results soon.
:: Making paper chains in our pyjamas this morning.
:: Decorating the tree yesterday afternoon. This was the first year that it wasn't stressful. Partly because I didn't try to turn it into a massive Family Event, partly because the children are older and - Bella especially - can actually help with things like untangling the lights.
:: Arranging a Christmassy mantel with much less colour than usual and I really like it this way.
:: Twinkly lights reflecting in the window.
:: Molly. Even if she did steal and eat a huge ball of raw gingerbread dough, left on the side for mere moments, ready to be rolled out and cut into shapes for Bella and Angus's homework. She suffered no ill effects thankfully but slept a lot, and I had to quickly made another batch of dough. Nothing is safe from the greyhound! It is a bit like having a baby in that, when she's sleeping, I get a lot done. When she's awake, not so much.
Thank you for your nice words about my Christmas napkins. Please know that faffing around with ultimately pointless and unnecessary things like cross stitched napkins is my way of retreating from the madness at this time of year, of maintaining some mental equilibrium, and in no way makes me more organised or prepared for the coming weeks.