I know that the distinction between December 31 and January 1 is relatively arbitrary, but the new year still feels so new, so separate from the last one, such a clean slate.
What we did with our clean slate today:
- Visited with Kristen, who is on break from her seminary in Vancouver and was in Richmond for New Year's Eve. We hung out, chatted as best we could amid kid chaos, and made a yummy pancake and sausage brunch...and completely forgot to pick up a camera. We look forward to seeing her again next time she's back East!
- Did a little exchanging at Anthropologie, where I found my new favorite blouse ever, aren't those birdie buttons the cutest? Xander insisted on walking behind the stroller and we slowly but adorably made our way around Stony Point. We all attacked burrito bols at Chipotle and generally enjoyed having a fairly relaxed day off together, which hasn't happened in a while.
- Cleaned up the horrible Cunninghamia mess in the front yard!! Oh my goodness, that tree is going to be the death of me. It sheds a ton, and a very windy weekend/week resulted in a pile of dead bracken in the front yard. I raked and raked and raked, Griff and I bagged and bagged, and then I got out the leaf blower and fluffed bits out of the flower beds. I finished after dark. The front yard looks amazing.
- Griff and I found more perfect and amazing cypress cones, and one random mysterious bit of seed fluff from an unknown source.
- I discovered how amazing the back yard is on a cold, clear night. I have always been something of a country girl, but there is something wonderful about knowing how surrounded by other people you are in old city suburbs, all of us settling in for our dinners under a perfect crescent moon and one bright star.
- I also discovered that my little glass bottles are just lovely from outside the house, lit from within. I had never considered the view from outside before.
- I took a walk post-cleanup and pre-dinner to photograph our favorite lit-up tree, on the corner of Sauer and Kensington. I really should bake cookies for them to thank them for their gorgeous display this year, we've enjoyed it so much!
- While I was tidying the yard, Dan baked salmon and steamed asparagus, and all three children chowed down like you wouldn't believe. Xander ate stalk after stalk of asparagus off his own fork. How did he get so old?
- Dan and I tucked the bambinos in and enjoyed three Netflix online episodes of Coupling.