December 17

A morning snuggle. (This image is a day late simply because I chose an early bedtime over blogging last night.) DPP pics from past years: 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012


December 16

I’m trying to get a jump on my wrapping this year, hoping to avoid my usual late-night gift-wrap marathon¬† the 23rd or 24th. Ian wanted to help, and, I’ll tell you what, the kid knows his way around scissors and tape. DPP pics from past years: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012  


December 15

A breakfast date with my husband, a delicious pastry and hot coffee, an unhurried morning. Rare treats indeed (well, except for the coffee, which is a treat but not quite as rare as the others) and much appreciated today. DPP pics from past years: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012


December 14

We went to a birthday party this morning, and Simon got his first taste of face painting. I loved how serious and confident he was as he transformed himself into a cheetah (and he did a really good job, I think). DPP pics from past years: 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012


December 13

Today Jason fixed the fireplace and built a fire; the kids supervised, more or less. DPP pics from past years: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012


December 12

The plan was that Jason would let the kids watch him shave his head to keep them out of my hair while I made dinner (see what I did there?). I couldn’t resist snapping a few photos of the event. This picture makes it look like there are more people in our family than there […]


December 11

Ian and Clara sharing a peppermint marshmallow and a laugh or two. DPP pics from past years: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012  


December 10

A group of lovely ladies came over tonight to make some freezer meals for a friend. We had a great time, but as you can see, that probably goes without saying. And also, nobody builds a tower of dishes like my friend Jen. DPP pics from past years: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012  


December 9

Drawers gonna draw. DPP pics from past years: 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012


These Days: Ginger Cookies

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is making a huge batch of my grandma’s ginger cookies. We decided that today was Simon’s fifth year, Ian’s third year, and Clara’s first year for helping.