Thursday, December 14, 2017


The Agabas and I did our annual meet-up to do Christmas card photos a few weeks ago, and this time we met at the Virginia Historical Society in the Richmond fan area.  It was cold and windy but the girls were such good sports and I got to witness little Etta Mae's "cheese" face, which all had us laughing hysterically. I love this family!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


This past weekend was invigorating. Sometimes events and people invigorate me, other times, what I need is to hunker down and get big stretches of time at home with my babies.  It's been a harrowing couple of weeks - the day-to-day has felt rushed and I have felt stressed without knowing exactly why - so I really needed some time at home to just be.  This kind of time makes me feel more connected to my home and to my kids, and I am convinced more than ever that that it's a discipline that I need to practice for my sanity and overall well-being.

Ken needed to do some studying this past weekend so I hadn't made any plans for Saturday (I wrote "HOME" on my calendar to make sure it stayed cleared) and then Friday night it started snowing! So it ended up being a perfect day to be homebound. We had a slow morning of chocolate chip pancakes, reading, and candy canes for dessert, and then we went out to play in the snow.  I am not fond of snow - although I very much appreciate the beauty of it - but the girls' excitement overrides my reluctance and I had great fun outside with them.  The day also included housework, baking gingerbread cookies, making paper snowflakes, watching videos, and eating spaghetti. 

I've had these for weeks and they dried just like this and still smell wonderful. 

That there is a drawing of Sloane by my cousin, Lois!

More dried eucalyptus, all over the house. 

My mom sent these jackets and snow pants from Korea (just in time!) - they definitely helped assure me that the girls would stay warm and dry. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017


Our friends Zach and Greta threw a Christmas concert last weekend and it was a night to remember. All the attendees were tasked with coming prepared with a creative performance and everyone killed it!  There was everything from a performance of a mystery story, Smeagol's version of "Santa Baby", air steel drums, "Let it Go" sing along, a card trick, choreography to James Brown, and beautiful renditions of various songs.  The Banisters also had some games prepared and the night was filled abundant drink, food and so much laughter.  We ended the night with some carols and hymns and it filled me up to the brim....Let's do it again!