A friend was over the other night and she mentioned her teenage son was into real life adventuring books these days. Well, if ever there was a moment for Adam's ears to perk up... conversation continued. Before we knew it one title was pulled from our dwindling bookshelf and another from an already packed box. One left the house for this young man to read, the other he'd already read. I noticed the latter still sitting on the table this morning.
I'll miss our toasty warm, well-functioning steam radiators, but I won't miss the 45 drafty windows and poorly insulated walls. Today called for miso soup loaded with collard greens, shallot, carrot, tofu, garlic, and a little ginger. Magical tonic served up in our oh-so-special nature girl bowls, handmade by Melissa.
This reminds me to get a pot of lentil stew going for dinner...
We're taking a little homeschool vacation for the holidays, not quite as long as last year... today was day one. The list that she made for herself does not exactly spell rest and relaxation if you ask me, but sitting still for too long really isn't her style. Yard work!?
She doesn't know it, but I'm adding "make peppermint bark with mom" to her list. I hope we can get to that.
Packages are arriving! It feels like this almost entirely mail-ordered holiday is even more meaningful. Is that possible? I've searched mindfully and thought carefully about each gift before pushing the add to cart buttons. I'm excited for the giving to begin!
Among today's packages was one of Emily's new classes for the second half of this school year (there are more materials coming still...). Not a holiday gift, but we are both very excited about this one! Opening the box and peeking inside offered a comforting, grateful for homeschooling, moment.
Waiting for Adam to come home, the lentil stew is simmering, my girl is sitting beside me. Better run so we can get the table set and slice up some fruit.
Closing the day with family tea time, nice and mellow.
Early to bed (I hope)... tomorrow Emily and I are going to head out first thing and brave the store, there are some final things on our list. Hopefully everyone is really friendly out there!
Whole Food Kitchen Update: There's one day left for the Bring a Friend offer! Have you reserved a spot yet? Don't forget - the complimentary spot for a friend makes a GREAT gift! I've created a beautiful printable gift certificate for you to use in your gift giving, simply request one when you register! Thanks friends!