Thursday, December 18, 2014

Winter To Do List

As we approach the "official" first day of winter on Sunday, I thought I'd put together a little list of things I'd like to do this season. some are Christmas related and others are not. With the craziness of the Christmas season upon, it seems a bit late to be posting a list like this, but we still have January, February and March to do wintry things!
1. Drink hot chocolate with marshmallows and/or whipped cream
2. Drink tea
3. Wear warm scarves and hats
4. Ice skating
5. Sledding, if we get the right kind of snow here
6. Festival of Lights in Cincinnati 
7. Wrap presents
8. Eat cookies
9. Eat soup and cold weather dishes
10. Use the good camera more (This requires that we actually bring it with us when we are travelling, which we've been neglecting to do on our last few weekend trips. :/)

*Photos by Sean last winter around our neighborhood

Monday, December 8, 2014


I know it's not Christmas yet, but I'm officially in the Christmas spirit now. We spent this past weekend decorating, shopping, and having fun with family and friends.
Friday night, Sean and I continued our yearly tradition of trimming the tree while watching Love Actually. We always pick a small tree since we don't have much room in our living room to spare, but I think even small trees can be mighty. It's fun to see how our collection of ornaments grows each year, and I enjoy thinking of all our loved ones who've given them to us or the places they've come from as we place each one on the tree.

After Love Actually was over, we decided to watch Uncle Buck, which isn't a particularly Christmas-y movie, but it just makes me smile. Macaulay Culkin and John Candy have perfect delivery, and even though it's been awhile since I've seen it, I still remember all the best lines. If you have never seen it, I highly recommend it!
Saturday night we had "Sibs" dinner with the family after Sean and his sister Maggie baked some cookies for us to take to our Christmas celebration in Charlotte, NC this year. We even got fancy and broke out the Christmas dishes.
Sunday, we started the day off right with a blueberry pancake breakfast. Then Sean and I had very successful (and surprisingly stress-free) day of shopping. We finally rounded out the weekend with a lovely dinner at a friends house, that included contemplating plans for our upcoming trip to Ireland at the end of February!

How are you celebrating the season?