Hello from Narnia! This is what we woke up to yesterday morning. Our second good snow this week. We've already made up for last winter I think. That picket fence is technically the boundary to our backyard. Beyond that you see the stone wall and beyond that is a green (now white) space and woods and a river that are an extension of our back yard. No one can ever build back there. Really, how lucky am I? This is such a special location in our Village where most houses back up to alleys and other houses. We felt torn at one point about whether to live in the Village or in the country. I feel like we got both.
This Christmas there have been games, puzzles, movies, cuddling, reading, crafting, baking, a post holiday road trip to Ikea and typing. Lots of typing. Santa brought Emma this vintage typewriter and her life will never be the same. We've had the loveliest of holidays. Bliss. Spoiled rotten with love and quality time. That's our focus during the holidays.
Gifts are lovely but we aren't extravagant with our girls or each other, even so our girls declared this the best Christmas ever so I'm feeling like thoughtful gift giving and being extravagant with our time and love is paying off. I'm pretty sure my favorite memory of the season will be making these dioramas with the girls.
Don't get me wrong. I do like gifts. Especially book gifts. It's my favorite to give and receive. Emma has a new bookshelf (clearly it was time) in her room and a Christmas check from her Grandpa which have combined to create a serious desire for some new books. She has asked me to ask you if you have any recommendations. She's 11 and a voracious reader. She is struggling lately to find new books that are age appropriate but aren't about teen angst and relationships. She loves fantasy and mystery.
Some favorites are Harry Potter, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie mysteries, Theodosia, The Mother Daughter Book Club books, Nancy Drew, Little House on the Prairie, Little Women, The Mysterious Benedict Society, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, The Oracles of Delphi Keep and Percy Jackson. She re-reads her favorites but is desperate for a new reading adventure and will be forever thankful if you can help!
P.S. For those of you that asked, this is the new lens my Sweetie gifted me with for my birthday. I love it!