Outside my window... it's still cold (I know that's relative to you Northerners) but at least the rain has stopped.
I am thankful for... a fun weekend for our family that was focused on church and friends.
I am wearing... my Ocean Isle Beach sweatshirt and gray track pants, fuzzy black NC State socks.
I am remembering... Christmases past. Tis the season.
I am going... to bake a lot this week. That's the plan at least! I have one with a fever and throwing up so I am not sure my best-laid plans will hold up. But I am hopeful.
I am reading... a Paula Deen Christmas magazine that my dear friend Karen Ehman surprised me with. She knew that with my edits finished I would want some Christmas inspiration. I am also cuddling up at night with my collection of Christmas cookbooks from Gooseberry Patch.
I am hoping... to get through what is shaping up to be a busy, stressful week with a smile on my face and joy in my heart!
On my mind... shopping lists. Does everyone have what they asked for? This will be a question that dominates my thoughts and haunts my dreams until Christmas morning.
From the learning rooms... Christmas books.
From the kitchen... baked goods aplenty. My list is bold, but doable.
Around the house... the tree is up but still needs to be decorated. Sad, but true. The rest of the house, though, looks very Christmasey. I had hoped to participate in posting photos for Nester's Tour of Homes today. But that did not happen and I am okay with that.
Plans for the week... doctor's appointments aplenty. It's "that week." You know, the one that you look at several weeks ahead of time and say to yourself, "Why do I do this to myself??" But you know you just have to put your nose to the grindstone and gut it out. I do not like weeks where we have to run a lot. And this is one of those weeks. Instead I am focusing on being thankful to have doctors and medicine, and transportation to get to those appointments. The week will be capped off by my parent's annual Christmas party, which is a part of Christmas Curt and I look forward to each year.
One of my favorite things... lazy nights as a family with a fire going, a big mug of peppermint tea, and no particular place to go.