Thursday, December 19, 2013

Calm and bright















Pause. Breathe. Twinkle.

The lull is here. The busyness of the season relents with the close of this week. Today is the LB's last day of school, tomorrow is the GB's. We've had a guitar recital and a pre-ballet performance, and we've watched professionals perform the Nutcracker Ballet. We've had a preschool Christmas pageant (featuring one little girly piglet) and an elementary-school art and poetry exhibition. We baked approximately eleven dozen cookies (and ate a fair few, but gave most of them away). Tomorrow night, in our annual tradition, we will drive around nearby neighborhoods to look at the Christmas lights. We're thinking about letting the small Bears put on their pajamas first, just for fun. There will definitely be pizza.

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of fun and festivity, and not a little stress. We've had good times with friends and classmates, office luncheons and cookie exchanges. It was wonderful, but now we're ready for our own simple holiday at home: two weeks off from school and work, cold weather soon to return after a warm spell, a quarter-cord of firewood, and a houseful of books, movies and crafty projects - not to mention woolly slipper socks. Everything I need: right here. If only those gifts could wrap themselves. Cookies will see me through.

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  1. It all sounds delightful, both what's been happening and what's to come. Our holiday starts tomorrow evening when school and work is finished.

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  2. Another lovely post. The plans you have sound so cosy and wonderful.
    Mariannex

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  3. Can you come and wrap mine, Jen????
    Lovely photos....love the kids on their "balls"...never to early to tighten that core, eh?? ha!
    I still have to finish...well, put together...the crochet pillows for my eldest...geesh!
    Sometimes I wonder why I take on so much......
    Enjoy your weekend...we are in for wicked weather here...

    Cheers my friend♥
    Linda :o)

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  4. It sounds as if now you can breathe a sigh of relief and settle in for a wonderful holiday with your family. I am working on the same cross stitch project, but need to find a magnifier before I can finish it. I have too hard of a time seeing the small holes in the cloth. :-) Lovely pictures!

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  5. It's almost exactly the same here, except you're doing far better than me with your cross stitch. I've got the carol service tonight, which is always wonderful, then the last day of school tomorrow, including a recorder recital. Hopefully we'll get to see some Christmas lights in houses nearby and one a little further away that is always spectacular. I made cookies this morning, and was forced to eat one because it was misshapen. Like you, I'm looking forward to a lull and a little relaxation with just us. I'm planning some Christmas baking with the boys, and some outside time. Your photos are beautiful, especially the one of the hill all lit up with golden light. I can feel that crisp, cold, clear air from here. I'm intrigued by the fabric, the wool and the embroidery hoops. Something clever is afoot, I am sure. The last picture is really pretty, I love seeing white lights outside, they make it feel very special. Hope you enjoy the last bit of school and pre-school busy-ness. Not long till they're home, yay!

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  6. It is a long time since I have done any cross stitch. It is too hard on the eyes! Your photographs are so colourful - enjoy your Christmas holiday, it sounds as though you are all prepared x

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  7. Such a beautiful post! I can feel the love and anticipation. :). Enjoy the wonderful comforts of home!

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  8. School finishes tomorrow lunchtime for us, still some wrapping to do and lots of Christmas films to watch :) xx

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  9. So sweet, so beautiful, so peaceful! You have all of your values and priorities in the right order and it is such a joy to read the gentle way you express them. That last paragraph is one for the ages! "Everything I need: right here." Now that brings a tear to my eye!

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  10. I'm ready for the lull - it's been crazy here. Your pictures always have a sense of peace and I'm refreshed just looking at them.

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  11. I've been pacing myself, doing things along the way, we're heading off to hubby's sisters house for a holiday luncheon of the 3 sibs and spouses. Then I have the 4 bloggers luncheon on Monday! Busy but happy times. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  12. I love the way you portray ordinary family life in your photo's Jennifer........enjoy your relaxing crafting Christmas with your lovely family.

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  13. Such a peaceful post. I love your photo of your oranges. -Very colorful, and cheerful. I hope you all enjoy your winter break. I absolutely love time spent with my family-staying cozy and warm indoors. Enjoy!

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  14. Peace. Blessed Peace. Our busyness will begin this weekend when the family all gets together. enjoy your Christmas break and time with your family.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  15. Ahhh...the lull. Relax and enjoy :)
    11 dozen cookies! Oh my gosh...it's a big time bakery over there but you made a lot of tummies happy.
    Sending smiles and hugs your way.

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  16. Yes! Could those gifts please wrap themselves! Ha! I will be throwing some old movies on to get the job done! Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! They are so bright and colorful...one right after the next!!! It is just outstanding to be surrounded by this beauty! I too am excited to slow it down after tomorrow. It will be nice to cocoon inside with our little family!! A very merry weekend to you and enjoy looking at lights with pjs on!!! Nicole xoxo

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  17. Hi Jennifer, I love your granny stripe and your photos are great. Thanks for your comment. I'm your latest follower.
    Merry Christmas
    Jacquie x

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  18. Another lovely post have a lovely cosy Christmas, we're off for a drive around to look at the light to this weekend.
    Clare x

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  19. We've got one day of madness left before we can collapse on our sofas tomorrow evening, watching a Christmas movie and eating pizza. Love your pictures Jennifer! Cx

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  20. Lovely photo's Jennifer, I too breathe a sigh of relief when all the parties and festive outings are over and I can just relax at home, wish I had two weeks off work I've only got two days but I mean to make the most of them. Have a fantastic Christmas. :)

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  21. I hope that you have a peaceful weekend and Christmas and that a great time is had by all of the bear family! It looks as though you have been doing some lovely things. I look foward to seeing your fnished needlepoint - it looks as though you are nearing the end! Happy Christmas. xx

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  22. Me encantan las fotografías, trasmiten, son geniales. Ha estado un regalo el visitar tu bloc, te invito visitar el mio y si te gusta espero que te hagas seguidora.
    Elracodeldetall.blogspot.com

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  23. We are looking forward to a calm weekend! I have entertained friends and family for dinner twice this week and I am tired. Your bowl of clementines looks so fresh and pretty. I have a huge bowl in my kitchen, too. And the mountain view is so gorgeous that it doesn't even look real. You are a lucky girl to live in such a beautiful place. I hope you have a nice and peaceful weekend. Oh, and I love the title of your post today!

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  24. I love this part of the lead up to Christmas. Everything is done and now we just enjoy the time. After Christmas day, we plan on just relaxing at home and playing a lot of games. We may even have a PJ day on Boxing day! Have a lovely Christmas Jennifer.

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  25. It's been so busy around here also, can't wait for it to calm down. Lovely photos.

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  26. Sounds like a total whirlwind of busyness! Christmas is so exciting when you have young children, but the quiet, relaxing time after it's all over is a welcome relief. Enjoy your books, movies, and crafting!

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  27. I know what you mean. We have stuff on the calendar almost every day. It'll be nice when things slow down a bit. In the mean time I'll try to enjoy it.

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  28. Lovely and inspirational post, as usual. My best wishes for you and your lovely family on this holidays!!
    Have a lovely time, love&light <3

    Lluisa xx

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  29. Busy times indeed, Jennifer! I love your photos and words used to reflect and remember. We may get a little snow tomorrow morning and then some rain to wash it away, but I think my oldest daughter's family has similar plans to yours for tomorrow night. The last I heard the kids plan to don PJs scarves, hats, coats and mittens for the annual drive around town to ooo and ahh over the lights :) Then when they get home Dad will make his famous cocoa! Your vacation plans sound wonderfully creative and peaceful... Merry Christmas! xx

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  30. What an inspirational post- great photos that echo such a busy but now relaxing week. Hope you have a lovely run up to Christmas and enjoy your holidays.

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  31. Ahhhh ... the lull ... still waiting for my lull. Not that I'm crazy rushed or anything, just constant finishing up of things. The photo of your mountain is wonderful in that late evening glowing light. Beautiful sight. We used to drive out to the country where there is "rural neighbourhood" that goes way overboard on their lights. Every single house. People drive around and admire the lights. One year we packed into the van and drove out to find a quick place to eat supper first (it was Christmas Eve). Nothing was opened except a take-out pizza place. We ate our pizza on our laps in the cold van. Then we drove to see the lights, and both kids fell asleep & missed it. I told my husband this is NOT how I ever want to spend Christmas Eve again. Now it's sitting by the fire at home instead ... much nicer. Merry Christmas Jennifer! Wendy xox

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  32. Ah, lovely photos Jennifer! You are so dang talented.

    Enjoy you lights ride, we do that too, fun tradition. Maybe we should all get in our pj's first. :)

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  33. It sounds slike you are going to have a wonderful break. Hugs to you,
    Meredith

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  34. Oh I will wrap the presents for you, in exchange for all the cookies I can eat... ha ha! Have a lovely Christmas you and your family x

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  35. Such a heartwarming glimpse into the tun-up to your family Christmas, Jennifer. It sounds like you're ready to have a wonderful time. :-) Happy Christmas to you and all the Bears.

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  36. It looks so calm in your home ,hope you all have a wonderful time together.
    Sarah x

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  37. Wonderful pictures and a lovely post. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2014 :)

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  38. Such a calming post! This week has been manic - I'm looking forward to embracing that calm feeling you've described so well. Your tree looks lovely. And your Winterwoods sampler is coming along nicely. x

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  39. You always seem to be so calm and collected with life, I admire you for this (even though I know it's not always like that). Your Christmas prep sounds much like ours, two weeks of calm with just the four if us with a few visits from family and friends here and there. Enjoy every minute and I love how you are developing the small bears' cores on those birthing balls, you go gal!! Xoxo

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  40. It sounds like things are exactly as they need to be. The perfect mix of festive and calm. I love those ribbon cookies! They are my daughter's favorites so we make them every Christmas. Enjoy your Christmas with your family!

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