This Lou and Grey sweater. Just before we left for our Thanksgiving vacation, I was thinking to myself—as I browsed the too many clothes that I already have—how I could really use another neutral cardigan. (Sexy, right?) Only hours later, I was holding this beauty, a Birthday present, in my hands. This Lou and Grey sweater is oversized and soft and the color is amazing (even if I do walk around with the fear of an impending stain. It’s happening people. It’s only a question of when).
This boy’s first Birthday. So Raymond turned one on the 25th, and we had a series of Birthday celebrations to mark the occasion. I wrote already that he has brought so much joy to our family, and that is the truth. We all cherish him—couldn’t imagine our lives without him—and it has been so amazing watching him grow up and seeing how he and his brother Sam play with each other. My two boys have so much wonderful-ness and happiness and potential inside them/about them, and I’m happy (and crying on the inside) that my baby is 1.
This article about Eiffel Tower steps. During an elevator renovation at the Eiffel Tower in 1983, 24 steps were removed from the illustrious tower, and they’re now being put up in an auction. On November 27th, you could purchase those steps—provided that you have a lot of money, of course.
This new nephew. When I was in Louisville, I had the chance to meet my sweet new nephew, Azrael, born on November 19th. This is the first child my biological siblings have had, and it was so special to meet the little guy, feel his warmth cuddled against me, and hear the sweet, soft noises that a newborn makes. Ahhh. This baby is perfect!
This Christmas tree. Since we travel for Thanksgiving, we put up our Christmas tree before we left this year. Exciting Christmas feelings aside, there is so something so aesthetically magical, peaceful, and warm about a lit Christmas tree to me, and this one has some ornaments on there that are emotionally significant (engagement presents, baby presents, a hot rod car that Sam painted, etc.) And Sam helped me put it up. <--I actually mean that. Sometimes we say that about toddlers and don't mean it, but I do in this case!
Other Things I'm Loving: Sam, Raymond, and I have started listening to Christmas music. I don’t want to start a fight with anyone, but I’m prepared to say that Kelly Clarkson’s “Underneath the Tree” is now my favorite Christmas song—though others still hit me right in the feels. Does anyone in this world agree, or does it feel disloyal to Mariah Carey and the years we spent singing “All I Want for Christmas” to say so?