our updated highchair in action <3<3<3
my brother is a wrapping artist, obviously.
accidental matching. perfection.
hey claudia, notice a trend in clothes? Thanks for all the hand-me-downs, they’ve obviously been a favorite.
vanilla &chamomile syrup from our hatchery box.
We had a mostly easy Christmas eve and Christmas. I prepared mac and cheese. Marlowe and Alex made cookies and sweet potato pie, we wrapped handmade presents from Marlowe to my family and and Alex’s. She signed and tagged each one herself. We headed off to Eric’s print shop for a mini gift exchange and to pick up more handmade items. We then rushed off to help my sister in law set up dinner. We spent Christmas eve evening at my brothers, like we always do. It’s usually the same, my dad pokes fun at Marlowe and she gives it right back. This year with the addition of our wonderful Baby Trudy. With Trudy around, Marlowe is especially attacking with my dad— she’s protective. She doesn’t want him near her… or near anyone. It’s hard to explain…. but Marlowe really has taken on the big sister role with Trudy. Always happy to share and always needing and wanting to tend to and to give her kisses to.
After dinner there were a few presents. Marlowe received a game for spelling (our next learning lesson in this house) and her own tools for the garden. A “scoop” aka a shovel to help us with the dirt. And a butterfly garden we’re especially excited for. I had one growing up that I remember watching with my mom. And now, it’s especially necessary with our slow growing back yard and plants needing pollinating.
We came home, left out cookies for Santa and a carrot for his reindeer. I forgot the milk idea all together, but Marlowe was sweet enough to ask if we could leave water out for santa, because he might be thirsty. Marlowe went to bed and mama elf went to work finishing up a yellow crown and wrapping presents until Alex came home.
Our Christmas morning was sleepy but nice. Marlowe opened a few gifts from Santa—-she asked for a purple dress, yellow crown, and a teddy bear— she must have been good this year, because he brought her all three. From us, legos and sequined boots to match “mama’s gold sparkle dress”— but we can talk about sparkles later. Oh and the cutest little jump rope in her stocking. I had mixed emotions watching her unwrap each item. It was simple I know, but next year: less. We face-timed with family. We ate pancakes (I need to share our recipe soon) and plantains. And we crawled into bed for a Christmas movie until it was time to head to Alex’s moms house.
We spent the rest of the day opening more presents and filling our belly’s with food before a walk to see the lights. Marlowe played played played, and despite her lack of naps and overload on sugar, had the best few days filled with family, food, and play time.
Truth be told, there are things I really despise about the holiday season, but in the end of all of it, I’m always grateful for extra time with my family of three (four if you count Jerry), my family, and now Alex’s family. Merry everything and happy always, right friends? I hope whatever you did and however you spent your week, it was a good one.
Let the count down to the new year begin and the spilling of my thoughts and emotions swim.
Happy Thursday, friends. Thanks for being here.
ps. that top photo? I certainly did not teach her to pose like that. She’s a natural charmer. I’m so in love with all her traits— especially the ones I never owned myself. Best little girl around.