To follow up on Amanda’s post few days ago, I’d like to share here so I can remember the things I love the most about the holidays this year.
::: being home. I think this was the best decision we could have made. Just being home together was just perfect.
::: having the ‘welcome home’ banner on our living room made by our friends.
::: having enough time to get a Christmas tree to decorate and give us the spirit and lights of the season.
::: the cold weather to remind me that we are home for the holidays.
::: going to the park with friends after so many months of not being home, even in a cold afternoon, with the sun shyly peaking through the tall trees. A beautiful sight for sure.
::: the love and excitement of Lucas finishing Siena’s present with Mark.
::: pulling the tree ornaments out of the boxes and remembering when each one was received, as we do each year.
::: seeing the magic of having holiday traditions and what it does to our family.
::: hearing the rain outside.
::: seeing the lights in houses and the trees inside their windows.
::: seeing the river again going through the middle of the city.
::: seeing the mountains around Portland all white with snow.
::: the ‘welcome’ signs posted on our porch, a fresh wreath, a beautiful banner in our living room, homemade cookies and delicious oranges all waiting for us when we arrived at home from our 4 month adventure, just a day before solstice. Thank you dear friends.
::: going to see the lights at Peacock Lane like every year.
::: musical snow globes.
::: invited to make our own gingerbread houses with friends.
::: Christmas day: breakfast at home, pajamas OK all day, no plans but play all day long.
::: making cinnamon rolls, like every year.
::: eating said cinnamon rolls.
::: being together.