Because it’s very important, let me preface this post with the setting:
Scene: Living room.
Brenda Lee’s Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.
The evidence of yesterday’s dinner is still present in the form of four unwashed plates, three wineglasses with lip stains and the carcass of a cherry pie (I picked all the sugary top crust off today).
Twinkly lights everywhere.
The kids are not feeling well, and we just made it through one hour of all three crying at once. Also known as The Gauntlet. We survived and now two are passed out for the night.
Yesterday was lovely. I miss big family holidays–a mess of cousins, a noisy table and telling stories with my brother and sister until late into the night. But we make do pretty well.
Annual Thanksgiving Pajama Breakfast with our neighbors/friends/loves (eight years doing this? nine maybe? I lost count).
The pajama pants Brett was wearing above? I noticed they were Playboy bunnies halfway into breakfast. That one time I bought him a gag gift when we were dating. Nice.
And our little family dinner, joined by Poppa & Gary:
My first turkey. Turned out perfect. I gloated.
Insert word bubble into picture with inappropriate 50’s housewife saying.
And now. Our favorite time of year. We swim in coziness. And my sap-o-meter rises.
We put our tree up last week. It makes me happy. So many memories, events, trips and moments of gratitude preserved in special ornaments on it. I used to point out favorite ornaments to visiting friends and tell the stories that went with them. Now I stay quiet and smile listening to Lainey tell them instead. She knows them all.
And with holiday sap comes a slobbery kiss to y’all. Grateful for this space that continues to grow and change as our family does. It’s been a place to be creative, it’s been a place to grieve, it’s been a place to express thoughts on love and family, faith and frustrations and, as always, a home to the little delights that make life grand . It’s always been an outlet that brings me happiness, and I’m excited to bring some new experiences to this space next year. Thank you for being part of it. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. And Happy Hannukah to our Jewish friends!