Day 10 — Softness. This is an easy one! What could be softer than Birch Bunny? He and Aspen have slightly different coats — Birch has almost no guard hairs, so he’s super fluffy. I lightly brush his hair every few days so the ends will stay fluffed up, and he’s soooo soft afterward. Plus those ears! #decemberreflections #twelve22org
Day 9 — Biggest Change in 2017. Well, we more than tripled the number of chickens! After Laverne died in January, we were down to five, and now we have sixteen.
But, really, F gets the biggest change award. She had just decided that table food was pretty great at the beginning of 2017, and she turned one in June and stopped nursing a few weeks after that. Now she’s an off-the-charts-tall 1.5yo who sleeps in a real bed. So much change in one year! #decemberreflections #twelve22org
Day 6 — I was challenged by… well, keeping it to domestic issues, putting in the new floors was a challenge. Not the actual process, but just the scale of the project and the limited amount of time I was able to dedicate to it. So worth the effort, though! I also feel continuously challenged to keep clutter under control, but I suspect a lot of that is just life with kids. #decemberreflections #twelve22org
Day 5 — Best Book of 2017. I haven’t quite finished it yet, but Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass is the clear winner. When you look at the tag #robinwallkimmerer, there are a lot of posts gushing about the beauty of this book! It’s written as creative nonfiction, not a book of rules, but it feels like a guide to appreciating the natural world. I love, love, love it.
p.s. — We had potato soup with potatoes and carrots we grew, with poached eggs on the side. These came from our chickens, but we’re taking care of some friends’ chickens right now and have been instructed to keep the eggs for ourselves, so I’m looking forward to have more eggs to go around! #decemberreflections #twelve22org
Day 4 — Circles. Here’s a literal interpretation for you! Lots of circles in the morning. I’ve also been thinking of the metaphorical meaning and the cycles of our days. Especially with little kids, there’s a lot of “starting again” every morning — the same meals, the same routine. Luckily, it doesn’t often feel too repetitive. I don’t know if it’s because we actually change up our days in small ways or because we’re just settled into the kind of routine that’s agreeable to the brain. Maybe a little of both. Today, I have to make several clinic appointments for the girls (regular check-up type stuff). Whee, fun! #decemberreflections #twelve22org
Day 3 — Best Day of 2017. This wasn’t a year with huge milestones, so there’s nothing obvious. But we had a lot of wonderful days. This was one of them — a warm trip up to Duluth in September. The girls love the lakeshore so much, and we just had a lovely time going here and there. None of us wanted to go home that day! #decemberreflections #twelve22org
I’m going to try doing this #decemberreflections thing — I have a couple of days to catch up on! Day 1 — Early. The girls wake up around 6:00am, but my alarm goes off at 4:50am. I like having the time to myself, so I can be ready to go by the time the girls are up. This time of year, I get to enjoy all the glowy lights, since everything else is dark. Here’s a trio of tree ornaments this morning. The snowman came from Target a couple of weeks ago. The handprint was M’s when she was just over a year old. And the glass bulb was one of my grandma’s, which she passed on to me several years back. #twelve22org