Monday, December 1, 2008

Wintry Wonderland

It snowed here in the Des Moines metro this weekend. It started midday Saturday and didn't let up until last night. It frosted all traces of Autumn and all of the sudden winter is upon us. The babe was amazed by the snow. He stood at the window in his PJs all morning gesturing and chattering on and on about it.

After a trek around town to find snowboots and snow pants for the boys, we headed out in to the snow to check it out. We went sledding, built mini snowmen, made snow angels. Such fun! I hope the novelty of winter doesn't wear off too early this year... maybe winter is a season we can enjoy after all.

With the snow and the passing of Thanksgiving, Christmas seems to be everywhere. Almost every house on our street is decked out with lights, blow up Christmas displays, the whole shebang. Some of my neighbors have had their trees up since Halloween! Christmastime seems to be here extra-early this year. I'm not sure why.

Normally I'd have our entire house decked out by now but I'm putting it off this year and my guys don't seem to mind -- heck, sometimes I wonder if they'd notice if I didn't put up a tree at all. I just want to put it off this year so we can truly enjoy it when it actually IS Christmas. Usually by then I'm overwhelmed and worn out by all things Christmas. That's not what it is all about.

What am I knitting? Let's see... a sweater for my oldest son, and a beret for myself. I'm really enjoying the beret because I'm using sock yarn for it. What a great way to use beautiful handpainted yarns without knitting yet another pair of socks. Best part? No second sock syndrome.

Anyway, I'm off. Have a good Monday and a great December. Slow down and don't get caught up in all of the commercialism. Cherish friends and family... and your knitting.

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