Weekends should always have some extra days in them. I had a three day break from school, and D had two days off of work. Oddly, this break went by slow in the best way. We spent time with family and friends, relaxed, and even had enough time in Madison together, too. Very grateful for a lovely Thanksgiving weekend.
- Thanksgiving- This is one of the best holidays- for a few reasons. The timing (nice little fall break to reflect on your blessings before the Christmas crazy), location (both our families host at different times making it easy to see everyone), and mashed potatoes (no explanation needed). Family time is often what I need to reset and refocus on what priorities I want to put first. I am all about capturing life’s memories, but also keeping a healthy balance. Sometimes, that means putting the camera away and just being. We spent the day swapping stories and catching up with everyone- my heart was full.
- Christmas Shopping- I am moving towards mostly online shopping, but I do look forward to the holiday hustle and bustle. So, we braved the crowds and went out on Black Friday. It wasn’t too terrible, and we were able to snag some good finds! (I will put together some potential gift ideas, but don’t want to give it all away just yet.)
- Crochet- Dillon’s grandma taught me some simple crochet patterns over the break, and I’m hopeful I will improve! I kept switching my hook around, but I slowly got the hang of it. Who knows, maybe it will become my new thing. I’d love to make someone a scarf or even a blanket, but I highly doubt my skills will be that good by Christmas.
- Winter Cleaning- I know spring cleaning is the thing, but winter cleaning is where it’s at. Perfect time to sift through your warm weather clothes that never saw the light of day and purge your unused items around the house. We donated some home decor/ furniture pieces, two big bags of clothing, and then deep cleaned the apartment. Felt refreshing to decorate for Christmas in our paired down space.
- Holiday Spirit- A house (er, apartment) really becomes a home over the holidays. People getting together over great food, the best music, and little decorative nods to the most wonderful time of year. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t cry just a bit when Dill and I set up our tree. We are starting our own little traditions (some from our childhoods and some new) that we will carry with us and our future family. I feel very blessed to be building a life with my best friend. So ready for our first Christmas as hubby and wife.
I hope all of your Thanksgivings were full of joy and happiness.
Just a short 28ish days until Christmas!