Since then, I've been doing a lot of this -- it's a cardigan for 8-Year-Old, intended as part of a matching set for her and her doll. The notion of matching outfits thrills her, for some reason (although she explained to me, who really didn't need to be told, that her mother doesn't like matching outfits at all).
Next on the agenda is today's dinner where we'll get to see four of the five cousins together. We'll be missing our Italian crew, of course (although at least that daughter finally posted again on her blog about ex-pat life). Still, eight adults (counting Pater and me) and four kids? That's a lot of family life for a condo in the sky. Not going to lie -- it's been a challenging year in many ways, and re-settling after our rich life on a very special island raised questions about how our roles as Mom and Dad, Nana and Granddad, would change with our new digs. That verdict is still in the forming, I'd say, but for now, it looks as if we'll still be able to pull off hosting a decent Christmas gathering or two. Good to know, right?
So that's a potpourri of random Christmas doings. We're rounding up to the New Year, of course, but I'm not ready for retrospection right now, nor for anticipation of what might be ahead in 2017. I'm just going to sit here, now, in the moments with family, or alone with my book or my knitting or out for a run, or with Pater at a yoga class or cooking a meal together. Not blogging too much, but happy to check in with you -- if you're in the same mood, perhaps you'll let me know what moments you've treasured or are treasuring this season. And if not, I'm curious about that as well. Are you looking back, evaluating? Or forward, itching to get the New Year started?