My thoughts are jumbled today (probably shouldn't attempt to post, but I am). I'm not really sure what I want to blog about, so I've decided to make a list. I like lists...a lot. They are sort of an obsession of mine. It's true. I find great joy in marking items off of a list, so sometimes I will make multiple lists of the same thing. It's also a bit pathetic, I realize. But I have things on my mind and questions that I want to ask (if anyone actually reads this blog). Here goes:
1. Starting to think about Christmas.
I love the holidays. I love giving gifts. I even love receiving gifts (hey, I'm being honest). BUT I hate how so much of the holiday activities actually take away from the true meaning of Christmas - the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And since we now have a little family, I really want to make an effort to start traditions that put the emphasis where it belongs.
I found an article online about simplifying Christmas, and I have decided to put some of the tips into practice. Examples - Celebrating Advent (I want to find a cute, small Christmas tree and buy/make ornaments that go along with the story of Jesus); Making homemade gifts (Shutterfly has awesome story books that go as great gifts, especially for grandparents or maybe a homemade recipe book for a cook in the family); Holiday gifts/Baking (for friends, neighbors, church family).
Do you have any ideas, tips, favorite recipes, etc for making Christmas "simple" and focused on Christ?
2. Christmas List.
Speaking of Christmas, my husband asked me last night what I wanted for Christmas. I just kind of looked at him and said, "I don't know." Usually there is something that I can at least say I'd like to have, and I'm sure if I really thought about it, I'd come up with something. However, I don't just want to add "things" to my life unless they are things that I truly need or that add to the enjoyment of our family/home. I have always LOVED clothes and shoes, but I realize that I'm pretty much the only person that gets enjoyment out of them, so I'm trying to think of things that can benefit others, too. Oh wait, did someone say a piano? Oh yes, I do want one of those. Very. Badly. However, I don't see that happening any time soon. So, what about you? What is on your Christmas list this year? Have any ideas for things I can add to mine? :)
My husband and I had some professional pictures taken of Hannah and our family a few weeks after she was born. We ordered a couple of 8x10's and promptly went to Michael's and bought frames. 10 weeks later, those beautiful pictures are in their beautiful frames and sitting on the beautiful floor.
Yep, we stink at decorating our walls. And I'm ashamed to admit I use to want to be an interior decorator. HA! That's a joke. I went to Hobby Lobby yesterday to try to find something to go with the two frames. Who was I kidding? I couldn't even do that. I'm HOPING Tom and I can both find something together this weekend. I'd hate to never get those pictures hung! Any advice on how to make a collage of frames or other decorative items without making your walls look stupid or overdone?
4. Recipe Funk.
I am in a recipe funk at the moment. Anyone else ever experience that? I think it is due to the weather being so warm (although it looks like its beginning to cool off). I'm tired of summer dishes, and I'm ready to break out the fall recipes. I'm also looking for NEW fall/winter recipes. If you have any favorite websites, cookbooks, or recipes that you'd like to share, please do so! I'm a sucker for new recipes. Poor Tom. He's always the guinea pig. Never knows what to expect from our kitchen. Thankfully, he's not a picky eater. :)
I have decided I am in need of a hobby. Besides reading. I do love to do that. And playing the piano. That has always been a hobby, but since I don't have a piano at my home, it can't be my "go to" hobby.
I need something to do in my spare time (what little that is these days) to keep me going. You know, when I need a break from the laundry, cooking, cleaning, etc. I'd love to make baking my hobby, but we'd be poor from all the ingredients I'd constantly be buying (not to mention also fat from all of those delicious baked goods). So, I need a real hobby. Does anyone have any hobbies that are relatively cheap and easy to do at home? I'd love to have some ideas of things I could possibly try.
Well, there's a list for you. We'll see if any of these items ever get "crossed off" or if they just remain out there for me to wander about.
Hope you're having a great Thursday! The weekend is almost here (and we have no plans but to just enjoy our family time)! Whoa!