The Christmas decorations are beginning to come down today, which is always a little bittersweet. I don't like to say goodbye to this most wonderful time of year, but it always feels pretty nice to have a seemingly clutter-free and clean house just by virtue of removing the Christmas stuff. I think I'll keep the nativity sets and the Christ child statue out for a bit, though...maybe until Candlemas (February 2nd) this year!
Oh - one piece of advice I wanted to share for those of you who might also be packing away decorations now. Last year, I packed everything into three big bins. One of them was labeled "Advent" and the other two were more for "Christmas." It made it so much easier for me this December when I wanted to pull out certain things at certain times! The Advent bins contained those items I would need access to earlier, and the Christmas bins had those things which I hoped to save for right before the big day.
Stuff in my Advent bin: Nativity sets, large manger and pile of "hay", Advent wreath/candles/prayers, leftover materials for Christmas cards and list (of who had sent them to us the year before), children's Christmas books, caroling lyrics, pine-scented candles (which make everything in the box smell amazing), outdoor lights, Jesse Tree stuff.
Stuff in my Christmas bins: all tree decor, indoor lights, garlands, Christmas linens/table runners/dishes, wall decorations, stockings and stocking holders.
I finished my quilt a week or so ago! I'm pleased with how it turned out. Stella loves her new quilt, and despite it being pretty huge for her, she's been sleeping with it folded in half over her each night.
Quilting isn't difficult, it just takes a lot of time...and there are a number of pieces of special equipment you need (about half of which I now own myself), and several specialized bits of knowledge that you need to have shown or explained to you. I think I'm proficient enough now to begin another one on my own, though. Which I'd like to do soon.
cross stitch sampler)...plus I'm expecting a baby in a few months, and all.
My pregnancy is going well. I'm finally in the third trimester now. It's good, because it means I'm in the home stretch, but I can already feel the exhaustion creeping back in. It has been hard to get out of bed each morning.
The midwives tell me I'm somewhat anemic. I'm not surprised, as I'm always "on the edge", and usually dip into the "anemic zone" whenever I'm pregnant. They prescribed some iron pills, which I've yet to pick up from the pharmacy (it's below 0° today - I'm definitely staying home!), but in my experience, they always make me throw up. Sooo...just eat more red meat?
It's a little early yet, but in preparation for the new baby, Tom and I re-arranged the kids' room. They'll all be sharing one room, assuming we're still in this house by the time baby arrives (which is looking likely at this point. Though if the right house actually came on the market, I think I would be crazy enough to attempt a move right around my due date). Sly and Stella will each have a toddler bed, with the new baby in the crib (after an initial month or so of sleeping in our room). Stella's only 16 months old, so probably still too young to move into her big girl bed. I think we're going to give her a try in it tonight and see what happens, though. Just for fun :-)
|using a spoon!|
It's been hitting me so much recently that Stella is really *not* a baby anymore. She's so big now! I can't bring myself to call her a "toddler" yet, but I know as soon as the new baby comes, it will be fully obvious.
We're finally getting back into the groove of a Family Rosary each night. Tom has been working with Sly to help him learn the prayers and participate. Right now, he has to say two decades (verrry slowly) with us. It makes me so proud to see how well he pays attention, and to hear him reciting all the prayers with us. He wouldn't be able to say them by himself, but he does know all the words when we pray together! God Bless my husband and his patience in helping this to happen.
Did anyone else watch Downton Abbey on Sunday? The double-episode didn't have too many thrilling moments or shockers, but I'm happy to see that the quality of the show is still up to its high standards. I'm looking forward to the rest of the season.