~ Though not necessarily related to the holidays, I feel it important to acknowledge that included in December's "good" were Will's soccer team's first place finish in the South Hampton Cup and second place finish in the Cavalry Stampede 3V3 tournament, my new washer and dryer, and my new power washer.
~ We remembered to move Chris...almost every evening. Thinking he was trapped (he was hanging from a magnetic chip clip stuck to the freezer), Hallie panicked the one time we forgot to move him. Together she and Tom devised a plan to safely free Chris from captivity, and that night he was able to return to the North Pole and report to Santa.
|"Trapped" on the refrigerator, but
ready for his impending fall to the floor.
|Safely resting on the dish towel.
|Safely moving from the kitchen to the office.
|Safely out of the way in the office, waiting for
the end of the day to return to the North Pole.
|Mini Company at Christmas at the Lake.
|Tom and me at Christmas at the Lake
|Attempting to stay warm while watching our girls dance...
|Madison Ballet's The Nutcracker.
|Our kid crew at the lights.
|The little-ish girls.
|The little boys.
|The big girls.
|The big boys.
|The caroling crowd (at our house).
|Headed out to enjoy the lights!
|Happy birthday, Lily!
|Neighborhood "kids" and their kids.
|The one and only genuine original family band.
|Riding the merry-go-round.
|Ready for the Nutcracker battle scene.
- Six dozen miniature M&M cookies
- Four dozen dark chocolate chip red velvet cookies
- Four dozen glazed cream cheese sugar cookies
- Two dozen orange Fanta cupcakes (with orange Fanta creamsicle frosting)
- Four dozen cowboy cookies
- 12 dozen gingersnap cookies
- Two pans of brownies
- One pumpkin pie
- One cherry pie
- One red velvet cake
Despite the challenges I've had with Chasing Roots these last few months, I am tremendously grateful to have the time and ability to process my feelings through my fingers, for the readers who visit this space, and for the growth that occurs and the relationships that are built and strengthened here. Thanks for being a part of it all this December!