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Christmas at Home

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We stayed home for Christmas – our first Christmas in our own house – and had a slow, quiet day. We made the animals take a photo with us by the tree, opened gifts, talked with our families. Then we went for a walk at Tryon Creek. Nathaniel got me another Hippopotamus for Christmas (this one is old and animatronic and incredible); I made him a book of the year 2014 (still catching up!). My parents and sister got gifts for all our pets, so it was a wild, squeaky afternoon. In the evening, Nat made us a really delicious dinner à la Kisiel family tradition – “meat” and potatoes, and nothing green on the plate ;)

Sauvie Island Christmas Eve

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I took the day off work on Christmas Eve and we went for a long and leisurely walk on Sauvie Island. We saw a bunch of sandhill cranes! We also spent a long time making a memorial for a dead mole. Also, while Nat was on the phone with his mom, I stopped and watched so many birds hopping around on the trees, and this sweet Anna’s hummingbird came and perched so close to me. And! We saw a really big frog!

At home, we both opened our one gift, and I think we were in bed by 9. I love winter when I can spend whole days walking around outside and then come home to relax in a twinkle-light-lit living room. It’s January that’s going to suck.

And with that, I am almost caught up on photos! Just Christmas to come, and that will have to wait until 2019. Oh well!

Cookie Exchange

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The first neighborhood cookie exchange that was hosted at our house, plus some general our-house-at-Christmastime photos. We had to take down our wall art in the living room since it was all clustered around the corner where we put the tree. I really missed it, so I printed “winter” art by some of my favorite artists and taped it to the wall. I love the way this space looks! Our tree is really missing ornaments along the bottom, but I don’t mind since the mantle is my domain anyway :)

Anyway, the cookie exchange. Our immediate neighbors had hosted it for many years, but since they were going to be getting back from Europe right before Christmas, they decided to skip it this year. At another neighbor’s impromptu tree-lighting ceremony (my street is seriously so wonderful), I half-seriously offered to hold it in their place this year. Two other lovely people on my street said they’d be my co-hosts, and it ended up being… so fun and adorable? I was so pleased that a bunch of neighbors and friends came and we had so many cookies, we had to bring in another table! I can’t believe this sweet little community I’ve gained the past year living here. I’m so, so happy about it.