Well, we are off to a happy start of the holiday season. I just have a couple more things to purchase, and I am done with my Christmas shopping! I have never been done this early. I feel that I can actually enjoy the holiday season this year. Instead of feeling stressed, today Liesl's Daddy and I browsed in a couple of stores, had a nice lunch, and came home to do chores. We still had some vacation/camping gear all over the living room after returning last weekend. It was nice to just take my time getting organized.
While I was cleaning up, I decided to do a little baking. I made my Cranberry-Orange bread from scratch. I used to bake it all of the time when my kids were young. It was fun to make and bought back lots of memories. I also made a batch of marshmallows, which are so much better than store bought. They are lighter and so yummy. I just use the Martha Stewart recipe available on her website. I am looking forward to hot cocoa this week!
With 2015 looming so close, I have been thinking about my goals for the new year. I have been so busy with work this year. So next year I want to make sure that I make time for crafting again. I would really like to become really proficient at hardanger in 2015. I love hardanger and have studied it but I still get intimidated about starting a piece. I would like to build my confidence and ability with it. I also have quilts to make, walks to take, weight to lose...
I think we would also like to go camping and travelling a bit more. We had such a great time on our vacation. We were also impressed that Liesl totally gets camping. She loved sitting by the campfire, taking walks, and being in the outdoors. We love having her with us, and love that she is so happy being with us.
So tonight I feel so grateful for the opportunity to enjoy the holiday season. I feel so fortunate and so blessed.