Merry Christmas!

Being in Austin for Christmas instead of traveling up to Ithaca is never quite as much of an adventure and certainly makes us miss our family… but it sure is simple and relaxing!  From dinner at the Althuis house (amazing food and wonderful friends – with whom we’ve created our own not-flying-home holiday traditions on alternate years):


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Holiday Home Stretch

Sometimes it feels like December is its own special kind of marathon. This week we celebrated all 8 nights of Chanukah and my birthday, and went to 3 Christmas and 2 Chanukah parties, the nutcracker, and a bowling birthday party while also trying to nurse a sick (feverish, coughing) Clementine back to health and deliver holiday treats to our neighbors (and get our work done and final gifts purchased/sent). Let’s just say, we all had to keep our noses to the grindstone:IMG_2932 Continue reading

Back on Track

After a somewhat ridiculous weekend last week, we seem to have pulled ourselves back together for this weekend.  On Friday I managed a fun little “employee appreciation” event for my awesome local Alkali ladies (who doesn’t like lunch & a mini shopping spree at Nordstrom’s? They certainly earned it this year!):

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Annabelle is on the brink of five and in so many ways, is so very very age-appropriate these days. She squeals with delight at the prettiest and cutest tree ornaments, spends most of her day pretending to be a mermaid or a wild pony, loves nothing more than dress-up, is both a nurturing and a nagging older sister to Clementine, and begs for sparkly nail polish and candy. I love that she is still so sweet and snuggly and wants only to be good (when we point out that she handled something in “not the best way”- which certainly happens – she gets very quiet and serious). But she also wants big kid power – telling secrets, trying “dangerous” moves (climbing on furniture, etc.) and setting up playdates with her friends.

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Wacky Weekend

You know those weekends you know you just have to stay on task to make happen? Friday afternoon Marc and I felt ready to tackle it all – a birthday dinner for the dog, a neighborhood fundraiser, Home Depot Kids Day, the Blue Santa Parade, a trip to Elgin to cut down our own Christmas tree, getting our own house holiday-festive, the tree-lighting sing-along at the Capitol, 2 birthday parties and a black tie affair (along with our normal weekend requirements of house cleaning, laundry, and grocery shopping).

We started out on track (Happy 13th birthday, most wonderful pup ever! Glad you enjoyed your Guero’s nachos!):

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