This week we have:
Eggnog Pancakes with Cranberry Syrup
One-Bowl Gingerbread Muffins
Double Chocolate Banana Bread
Outside my window... Tis cloudy and windy and we still have quite a pile of snow hanging around!! We had a huge snowstorm Christmas Day, it snowed somewhere around 8-10 inches, then continued snowing through the next day, and we've had little snowfalls off and on since. I think it's safe to say this is the snowiest winter we've had since moving here! We went sledding the day after Christmas, and Bracken got to brush up on her sled-fetching skills...
A few days later we had a party in our front yard. Apparently, my birdfeeder is a big hit! At one point there were eight deer right outside our window!
A peek into my day...Today and tomorrow are the boys' last days of vacation, then they're back to school on Wednesday! I promised them we would watch old movies today; I'm introducing them to Fred Astaire, and they're already fans. We made muffins together this morning, we'll make breakfast together again tomorrow, at some point we have to get out of this house, but mostly we'll just be cozy and enjoy our last lazy hours together. Bracken has made friends with a visiting Rottweiler in the yard that backs up to ours, so she keeps asking to be let out to run along the fence whenever it comes outside.
I am thankful... I am thankful for puppies and snow and family and Christmas! For snowboots, sales, surprise finds, and giving Christmas presents. I'm thankful for yummy food and snuggly boys and Fred Astaire. For paperwork, second chances, and employment, for how-to youtube videos and a very persistent husband.
Source: Damian KaneI am thinking... Ah, dear friends, I have Scotland on the brain! And yes, I know, I've said that before, though it's been a while. But this time is different. This time, I'm making plans. This is the year!! Later this month the Geologist and I will celebrate our TEN YEAR anniversary, and since we never had a honeymoon, we're taking one this Fall. In Scotland. And bits of England, with a chunk of Wales. But Scotland is the main event! I'm working up an itinerary, checking ticket prices, researching weather, and compiling a very long list of the most adorable B&B's I've ever seen! Oh, and I have to find a castle to stay in, for the Geologist. I tell you what, the UK knows how to do B&B's right! Some of these luxury places are just plain amazing! And some of the teeny ones in little stone cottages... *swoon*. September can't come fast enough!!
Around the house... We still have our Christmas decorations up... Including both trees... I hate taking them down!! But this week is tree disposal week, so we'll have to... soon... Ugh. This was hands-down the best Christmas our little family has ever had, we all agreed. In fact, it still felt like Christmas for a few days after! Some years that feeling is gone by dinnertime Christmas day, but it lingered this year. The snow might have had a little bit to do with it... :)
Source: PinterestI am hoping... All right folks, I'm going out on a limb here, fingers crossed, overflowing with excited hope. We have our big fat folder, we're submitting paperwork and gathering documents, and we are back on the adoption rollercoaster. After our last experience, we were (and still kind of are) hesitant to spread the news, because there is still (and always) the tiny possibility that things won't work out as planned, but I'm too excited to keep it to myself anymore!! We're adopting from China! We've barely begun, our application is accepted and we've signed up for training. We can't officially submit our paperwork to China until I turn 30 in April, but we've got lots to keep us busy until then. It's such a different experience than last time, nothing but positive feelings and lots of help. The agency we're working with is incredibly helpful, and I love them already! Friends, we could know what our little girl looks like as soon as May! June at the latest. And we could be traveling to China to pick her up a year from NOW!!! You see why I couldn't wait to tell??
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