We had our first snow of the season at the beginning of December, just a little bit, but it was beautiful. Then it immediately dropped to about 16 degrees for a few days, and then it snowed again. Since then it's warmed up to the upper 30's, but I've taken to wearing two pairs of pants to keep warm. Last night the roads iced over, and Avery's school has two-hour-late-start this morning. I sure love the snow, but the ice can stay away.
This was the sunrise on the way to the Jingle Bell 5K, and these pictures don't even come close to how glorious it really was. It looked the the sky was on fire. So incredible.
Erik's mom gave me the most beautiful afghans, made by Erik's great-grandmother. They are even more lovely up close, and certainly put my crochet skills to shame. I feel very lucky to have been entrusted with such wonderful heirlooms, and even more lucky to have such amazing in-laws.
Avery got another award at school, and she was so thrilled. It's been a hard month for this girl, with the long days at school finally catching up to her. She's such an awesome little student, she's reading and writing, and she's always happy at school. But she's been having a lot of separation anxiety in the mornings. Just sad to be gone all day, everyday, from what we've gathered. It's heart wrenching to watch her go to school in tears (although she went without crying yesterday, so hopefully we've turned a corner).
I've been obsessively listening to The Civil Wars' new self titled album. The Civil Wars are my favorite. I've been listening to From This Valley on repeat (the video is below), and I also love Eavesdrop and Sacred Heart (which was recorded in an apartment in Paris and sung entirely in French). SO. BEAUTIFUL.
Last night Erik asked me for my Christmas list (clearly he doesn't like to shop ahead of time). This is what I came up with, but he'll probably buy something else. I always love what he gets me, so I'm not too worried about it. I like him too much to worry about whether he gets me a good Christmas present. But, here's my list just the same.
Vest/Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre on Blu-ray/Mixer/Vintage Turquoise Bracelet/iPad Mini/Rain Boots
Avery has two more days of school, and then the Christmas festivities will commence! On the agenda: A visit to Santa, making a gingerbread house, a nighttime Christmas light tour of the neighborhood, watching every Christmas movie we own, going to Frozen, and maybe even getting Avery's ears pierced. Let the countdown to winter break begin!