On a rainy afternoon, Anne dodged raindrops to retrieve Sam from preschool. In the distance, the sun was breaking through the heavy clouds.
The cattle wandering the ranch land must have been delighted by the prospect of warm sun over the chilly fields.
To wait out the rainstorm, we visited the local bookstore to work on our holiday shopping and letter to Santa. Sam nibbled on some shortbread and sipped chocolate milk while he pondered.
He composed the following letter for this year:
Is it colder than a sack of popsicles where you live? I want to give you a reindeer snow hat and a reindeer snow jacket. Thank you for all of the stuff on Christmas and all of the other Christmases.
A strange development has occurred at school where the children have a phrase with a secret meaning. Sam finally spilled the beans that this phrase is uttered to note broken toys and correct bad words.
Anne heard a toddler say “mamanana” to his mom on the walk to school, prompting her to say, “That’s cute, whatever does it mean?” It’s secret code!
Sam’s toddler friends Gael and Edo celebrated their birthdays this weekend at what is known at our university as the “international house.” Contrary to the cowboy theme of the party, Sam aimed to impress his Aunt Kate by donning a football helmet.
It’s a work in progress!
While Sam played with his friends, Anne sipped wine and struggled to remember high school French to chat with people who knew at least three languages. It was humbling!
Before cake, the children took their best shot at a pinata. Sam gave it a good hit and after everyone had a turn, the candy tumbled down like rain. While children talked and played with toys, Sam assiduously picked up every errant piece of candy and filled his cowboy hat. Candy is no trifle to Sam!
Anne has been furiously working on craft projects for the holidays. Fran has been ignoring much of the fabric and the flurry by sitting in the window sill, enjoying the songbirds that hop through the rose bushes searching for dried hips.
We have been assembling cloth notebooks, filled with recycled paper.
Another project has been infusing salt with hops; a random idea from Tom’s brewing activities. It smells divine…
While Anne knitted and sewed, Sam and Tom assembled the Christmas tree. Tom started by letting Sam decorate the tree. Sam’s strategy is to fill one section with decorations to the point of tree collapse, which prompted Tom to advise in ways that made him sound like a professional architect.
Sam was a little elf with distributing ornaments throughout the tree.
Our new ornament for this year is Santa on a working airplane.
Before the holidays, we are testing cookie recipes for Christmas Eve and Santa’s visit. Triple chocolate cookies are in the lead; you might never know Anne’s rule that Santa cookies be vegan, organic and whole grain. There are lots of ways to stay on the good list, right? Hope your holiday preparations are fun and exciting, as our time with family and friends nears.