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    Holiday Knitting.

    Yesterday, I invited three of my best knitting friends (who are also, lucky me! family) over for some “holiday knitting”. I mixed up a batch of sangria and chilled a bottle of prosecco. because of course drinks! Everyone brought a snack to share and cookies to swap. It was a beautiful spread. Katie (with Sam), Lydia , “the spread”, and Karen Knitters do just about everything better don’t they?, especially food. Katie brought vegetables and a warm spinach parmesan dip; Lydia made cranberry brie phyllo triangles; and Karen contributed bacon wrapped scallops (which she says she bought frozen at Trader Joe’s and I only halfway believe her … they were…

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    Sounds of the Season.

    Yesterday, our church was full of music. For the morning worship services, the choirs combined with members of the Georgia Symphony for a stunning performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria. In case you’re unfamiliar with it, this recording is beautiful (and it’s pretty to look at, too)! We closed worship with Angels We Have Heard on High. It’s one of my favorite hymns and accompanied by organ, strings and brass, a truly joyful sound! In the afternoon, we hosted the Alpharetta Community Chorus’ Holiday Concert. It was my first time hearing this chorus and it was delightful. They invited a local high school’s chamber chorus and mens’ chorale to join them for…

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    A Favorite Tradition.

    I’m joining up with Carole, Kat and the Think Write Thursday crew today to share a favorite holiday tradition. Much of what we do around the holidays has changed and continues to evolve…as it probably needs to when our family includes a new baby, an active toddler, a married daughter who lives close by and another daughter who lives far away. We will all be together on Christmas Day (as we have every year no matter where the girls are living) and for that I am most grateful. I certainly hope that’s a tradition we can continue, but it’s not the one I’m going to share today! Today’s topic is our…

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    Weekending.

    …Marmie style. Friday afternoon snuggles with my favorite littlest one. bonus points for popcorn & wine, Charlie Brown Christmas and a daughter who captures the moment on my phone. Saturday morning Angel Breakfast with my favorite biggest one. We didn’t get off to a great start; Charlie cried “back to my house now, Marmie” most of the way to church. But when we pulled into the parking lot and I showed Charlie the littlest kids’ playground – steps and two slides – he put on a big smile. Two rides down the slide and he was ready. Especially once he saw all the food. Angel pancakes, angel fruit kebabs, egg…

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    FO Friday | A New Tradition.

    Sometime back in August, Katie texted me a photo of this advent calendar and asked if I thought she could make it for this December. Supportive and realistic mom that I am, I told her it was a lot of work. 60+ hours. all by hand. from the Purl Soho website We exchanged a few more texts along the lines of how much work…and ended up agreeing we’d both rather spend the time knitting.  So of course I ordered the kit the very next day (in secret) and proceeded (in secret) to get the first part – the calendar and the tree – done for Charlie’s birthday. It helped that…

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    Hello December.

    Hello December, It seems way too early to be saying those words. Honestly, for the first time in many years (at least the nine that I’ve documented here on the blog), I haven’t even been looking forward to seeing you.  And I’m not quite sure why. Usually, I’m full-on ready to start the holiday season as soon as we finish the dishes on Thanksgiving. But not this year. And I even feel like I’m trying. I’ve been playing fun Christmas songs with Charlie in the car since early November (special favorites include Ella Fitzgerald’s Jingle Bells and Frosty the Snowman). We watched Love Actually and the Grinch (the original one)…

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    Holiday Lights.

    The Botanical Garden’s holiday light festival has been on my must-see list for several years (I was surprised this was “only” its sixth season…seems like I’ve been wanting to go for at least ten!) and yesterday, along with my mom and sister, I went. We planned to get there when it opened at 5:00pm so we could see a little of the garden before it got dark (sunset here is about 5:30pm). And what with Atlanta traffic and all, we left my house at 2:45 and enjoyed a leisurely late lunch at a restaurant close to the garden entrance. All that planning paid off – we were there just before 5:00…

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    A Few More from the Weekend.

    Yep, I still have a few more photos to share! First, here are my favorites from Thursday. We started with a champagne (apple cider) “Cheers!” The girls did oblige me a re-creation of one of those 1998 photos. Charlie (with help from his mama) made the place cards. Our time around the table was decidedly more grown up eighteen years later. …and finally…much later…Charlie got to help clean up. Fast forward to Saturday and some post-game fun. My mom wanted “just one photo” of her with the two little boys. Turns out having two little boys doesn’t make it any easier. Even when their dad tried his best to get…

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    Throwback Thursday | These Two.

    From Thanksgiving, 1998. I found the top photo earlier this week and thought about how nice it was going to be this year to have these two together again in the kitchen (with me!) Not that there’s much cooking left to do – but I know we’ll be gathered around the counter eating snacks … and then of course cleaning up! It wasn’t until this morning, when I scanned that photo, that I realized the one below (previously shared here) was taken the same day.  These two clean up nicely don’t they? I love that we’re together for this holiday weekend. I wonder if they’ll let me recreate these two…

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    Hello Monday.

    My weekend looked a lot like this which was wonderful (Saturday afternoon, my mom, sister and I met for lunch at a great new place downtown that specializes in football food and fun). And then I stayed up way past my bedtime last night … to finally finish rewatching season one of Gilmore Girls (21?!?!!! episodes – my how TV has changed…). yeah, there’s no way I’m going to finish rewatching the entire seven seasons before Friday. at this point, I’m simply gonna skip to season seven and hope for the best. And I set the knitting aside around episode 19 … realizing there’s really no way I’m going to…