Listening To: My favorite Christmas albums by She & Him, Michel Buble, and Rend Collective. I'm also enjoying the latest album by The Head and the Heart.
Watching: My favorite Christmas movies - Elf, White Christmas, and The Family Stone - And I started the new season of Mozart in the Jungle.
Reading: I had a slow start to December but am currently enjoying both To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey, and Loving My Actual Life by Alexandra Kuykendall.
Feeling: That my efforts towards mindfulness and gratitude are paying off. I've been really focused on this the past couple weeks and I feel like I am noticing a shift in perspective for the better.
Trying: To get up before the kids to work out, shower, and hopefully have a little coffee and Bible study time. This means 5 a.m. It feel so good when it happens, but sometimes the alarm is just too early.
Craving: A cure for the common cold.
Wearing: Nothing new, because I'm nearing the end of two successful months of a not-buying-any clothes resolution. The plan is to continue for another four months then do a little summer shopping in May. The MVP of my winter wardrobe is the Star Valley Fleece Wrap from Athleta.
Loving: The kids. Of course I always love the kids but right now specifically: I love Swede's joy and delight in the Christmas season, and I love watching Abel discover and learn something new every day.
Swede gave Santa a hug and asked for a candy cane
Trying to figure out Legos without letting go of his beloved blankie and tennis ball
Not Loving: Super disappointing news last week that the sale of our old house fell through. It was supposed to close on January 3rd but now we're back to square one (and continuing to pay two mortgages) until another offer comes along. This also means that I'm not going to Florida in January as planned - Plane tickets are just too expensive!
Praying For: Patience. Always, always, always.
Looking Forward To: All the Christmas festivities this weekend!
Eating: All the Christmas cookies! So far we've made: Molasses Sugar Cookies, Christmas M&M Cookies, Gingerbread Men, Oatmeal Toffee Cookies, and festively sprinkled donuts. I still want to do a batch of traditional frosted sugar cookies with Swede when I'm off work on Friday.
Planning: 2017! I love this season of looking back on the past year and looking ahead to the next year.
What's your favorite Christmas... Song? Movie? Cookie?