I copied the pattern of my husband's stocking to sew Emery this plaid stocking with a pretty lace band two days before Christmas. The kid finally got her own stocking this year, and just in the knick of time! Better the second Christmas than never, right?!
I hope your holidays were merry and bright!
The reading list this season was terribly short, but I knew it would be with school so I'm not letting myself feel badly about it (trust me, I read a LOT this Fall but no way am I going to report on my biology textbook or history archives haha). All three of the novels I picked up to give my brain a break from the not-so-fun academic material were well worth a read though!
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven : An easy to read, young-adult novel that was enjoyable as well as eye opening. It dealt with the topic of depression and suicide in a really unique and beautiful way, focusing around a love story between an unlikely high school couple.
The Martian by Andy Weir : This just might be my new favorite novel, which is saying a LOT. It is just .. awesome. Read it and find out for yourself. You are guaranteed to get smarter while reading it, which is always a plus, as Weir was very intentionally about being scientifically accurate, and you will completely fall in love with the main character (in a want-to-be-his-best-friend kind of way, not romantically, as he mentions his bodily functions rather a lot). This novel made me choose reading over shut-eye, I just could not put it down!
Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult : I appreciate Picoult's writing, especially how obviously thorough a job she does studying the topics for her novels. Plain Truth was no exception, being based on an Amish farm, and actually taught me a lot about the Amish culture. This novel is a murder mystery, and actually left me with real goosebumps at the end, but I found it was really long winded. Much of the dialogue is in court, and I found the witness interrogations quite long as well as repetitive, so for a murder mystery I found it quite easy to set down. That being said, it was a really unique story!
Since I am very hopeful that the next season will bring about an improved sleep schedule for the girl, and I also won't be in school, there should be a lot more naptime reading going on over here! Any recommendations?!
It's that time of year again! Time for Christmas party after Christmas party and trying to squeeze in a little time specially for my spouse amongst it all! These 12 dates have definitely been our most budget friendly yet, although last year I forgot about them completely so technically those were the cheapest haha. Can we count watching every Christmas movie and holiday episode from our favorite TV shows while waiting for our baby to finish nursing and fall asleep dating?! If so, then perhaps last year was our most successful 12 dates of Christmas yet!
It's fun to look back on 2011 and 2013 and watch the cork board decorations change, and the amount of gift cards posted significantly dwindle. I used to tack up Cineplex movie passes, now that we are parents I threw the movie Elf up there and it is taking us multiple evenings to get through because we can hardly keep our eyes open. Haha, oh how the times have changed! And I wouldn't go back for the world.
Also, I usually try to keep my photos looking fairly clean, with simple backgrounds and a narrower focus, but this outtake is just too cute not to share. So here is a little behind-the-scenes action from this quick shoot:
A little glimpse into my world :)
Happy holidays, and re-creating favorite holiday traditions!
^^ This is Twin Falls. We climbed the second pitch (the top waterfall in this picture) ^^
^^ My knees were trembling so bad as my husband checked my harness that my friend could hear the rustle of my snowpants! The nerves!^^
^^ So thankful for this guy who talked me through it and helped me face a fear! I've ice climbed before, but the same thing happened last time haha - total shakey knees and butterfly belly - I may need to climb 1000 more times before I can do it nerves-free ^^
^^ Stoke-face (right before the screamies set in in my hands). That feeling is just so intense! It's called the screaming barfies and happens when the blood flows back to your hands after a climb, and I think that since last time I climbed on ice I was newly pregnant I just had the nauseous response and was on the verge of barfing - but on this day all I wanted to do was SCREAM. It's bizarre! My friend was looking at me like I was a crazy person as the blood rushed back, but then the same thing happened to her! ^^
^^ And of course she took like half as long going up as I did because she's so brave and cool and I'm a total scaredy cat, ha! But atleast we both did it! I'm so thankful for my husband for giving us the opportunity ^^
^^ She also proved to the world that you don't need fancy gear in order to outdoor adventure. Check out those retro ski boots! ^^
Needless to say, the list of people getting hooked on ice climbing in my life is growing longer and longer, so I may be dragged out on the ice many more times. I say "dragged" because my knees quiver so hard my legs become totally useless haha, but I will admit that it's so fun and nothing feels better than facing a fear!
... my true love and me went ice climbing with our friend Christie!
(so happy her name ends with an 'ee' sound or that would have been a tricky one to rhyme haha)
My husband's lovely sister babysat for us this day so we could make this adventure happen because it was a cold and snowy day, but with all the hiking and climbing and a hot thermos of coffee the three of us stayed warm! Ice climbing makes me soo nervous, but this guy manages to talk me through it (plus, the fact that my friend is a fearless chick and I knew she would just cruise up definitely pushed me). Such a fun day!
... my true love and me drank homemade eggnog lattes by the Christmas tree!
Of course, my husband was finishing up something for school and I was wrangling our toddler to keep her from touching the keys on the keyboard while he typed, but a date's a date! Romance is what you make it, and with kids sometimes you gotta' get a little creative, haha.
Speaking of kids, it's weird having one that is starting to talk after 15 months of one-sided conversation. As I was steaming the eggnog I had Bieber's new song stuck in my head and sang to Emery "why you gotta go and get angry at all of my honesty?" to which she replied "I sowwy" which of course made me burst out laughing!
Why did Adele cross the road?
... to say hello from the other side!
(I probably gave that punch line away with the title of this post, but whatever. Still funny! I saw that joke online and laughed a little too hard at it)
But seriously, hello from the other side of the worst flu bug to go through our family in a long time. My husband and I weren't hit too hard, just some minor stomach issues and bad cramping, but our girl was real sick. And if a kiddo gets sick, she takes the whole fam down with her! I haven't slept so little in a long time, but miraculously our school semester is still finishing up strong (atleast it feels like it is, we'll see for sure after I write my last exam and start to get marks back) despite the lack of sleep. She's still waking atleast once, usually twice a night, and I don't know when we'll lose that nighttime waking but oh well we are feeling healthy and getting outside lots!
I hope the hoar frost is as gorgeous wherever you are as it is here, and that you carve out some time to get out and enjoy it!