the last few weeks have been crazy. craft wonderland was wonderful but exhausting. my days before were jam packed. i went to be each and every night feeling righteously tired. this week was a little easier and i was able to find some breathing room. some breathing room in which i discover i'm really excited by the holidays this year. the holiday cheer bit me a few weeks ago and it seems i have a fever that can only be extinguished by putting white lights everywhere, sending piles of cards, making too many cookies and gifts. i think i'd forgotten what all the fuss was about.
i was also thinking about something our very wise friend thea said before we left chicago. it takes three years to feel settled. and here we are, three years later, having our first holiday shindig since we left chicago, feeling very much settled, feeling home.
even shawn, who is normally the grinchiest of grinches, is showing signs of holiday cheer. he bought the vince guaraldi songbook and spent some time trying to learn to play linus and lucy and one of the only christmas songs he'll admit to liking: