It's not Wednesday, but I feel like giving an update on my life. It's been a hectic fall/winter, and it feels like everything is starting to calm down a little bit again and maybe I have some space to breathe (and blog!). In October, my mom had her hip replaced, and I was her sole caregiver for three weeks, at the same time that my hubby was on a business trip (for the first week), and my grandpa kitty was very sick. So I had to make tough choices about who and what was important in my life. I only got to see my poor sick kitty for a couple of hours a day, and I got to see my hubby even less, but thankfully we all made it though. Kitty is feeling better now, I got to come back home and sleep in my own bed, and my mom is recovering so quickly!
|Sunshine, on one of the few occasions I got to see him when I was caring for my mom.|
|This is just one carrot.|
Yep, I bought a dutch oven. I'm not happy with how much I paid for it, but it is a very nice piece of equipment, and I do love to cook!
I have gotten myself back under control now. We went on to have a very frugal Christmas, maybe even more so than last year. We used the rewards from my credit card to pay for the presents for the kids, and then my side of the family did a Secret Santa exchange with a $20 limit. For Chad's side, we tried to make as many gifts ourselves as possible, including lots of jam and homemade bread. In the end, I think we spent less than $100 on Christmas for 13 people, and the best part is that it was a beautiful Christmas. Less focused on presents, more focused on family. That's what it's all about.
|The best present|
We did buy two small additions to our Christmas decor this year. In honor of Chad's Swedish heritage, we started to collect Tomtes, or Christmas gnomes. I also got the tiniest Dala horse cookie cutter to use to cut out pepparkakors!
|Large gnome, small horse|
I am finally getting back into my designs, too! I've been working on a new project for the last month, and I'm happy to say that it's almost finished. This is an addition to the seasonal wall hanging collection, and now all I have to do is finish Summer and it's all done!
|There's lots more to cut out still.|
Happy new year from us!
|Out on a wintry hike|
And may you see nothing but possibilities in the days to come!