And just like that, December is here. The festive holiday season has officially begun, with twinkly holiday lights and nostalgic tree decorations and snowy adventures filling my Instagram feed. Let the Christmas music fill the air! The countdown to the New Year is on, and I turn 41 in exactly one month (eek). This time of year, time seems to accelerate, though we probably all wish we had a few extra hours in the day to tackle our holiday to-do lists. We traveled to the Charleston area for Thanksgiving (more on that trip soon!), but- blissfully- will be home for the rest of 2015. My goal this year, as Baby Howe’s arrival grows closer, is to enjoy the season without adding unnecessary stress. (John is simultaneously laughing in disbelief and saying a prayer that I’ll succeed.) We are so blessed and I want to remember that daily.
Here are some recent happy moments from the last couple of weeks!
Cholula is absolutely the best cuddle buddy for naps.
Taking a poll: Is my husband moonlighting as Nitro, the spokesperson for Maverik?
Snow doesn’t slow down this ball freak!
Chukar Parmesan sammies with birds from John’s hunting weekend. Delicious!
I got the “lucky” buckshot bite!
My dear friends, Holly and Mandy, visited Park City!
The baby bump got a lot of love from the ladies.
Meats and cheeses forever.
UM…baby Frye boots at the Sundance store! I should have gotten them.
Ski day for Papa and Cholula with friends.
Holly spoiled Baby Howe with killer kicks and a baby book before she left.
A Charleston mural.
Heart leaf! The weather was fabulous in Charleston.
Meet Chief, our hosts’ dog. I suspect he’s actually a Muppet.
Did you? I would say yes, but I kind of wobble all the time these days…
Sunset on the Battery.
Stunning, mossy trees at Big Survey Plantation.
Deep-fried turkey and Red Velvet cupcakes for Thanksgiving lunch with 25 family members!
A canoe jaunt through the lowcountry swamps. I saw zero alligators.
How happy are these horses?
Can’t wait to show the baby the photos of Big Mama shooting skeet down South! #bump
The view from our room at Charleston’s impeccable Spectator Hotel.
The hotel bar has a while peacock in it!
This beautiful glass art hangs at a store aptly named “From Here to Maternity.”
I ate this ice cream in the hotel bed wearing a plush robe while watching football. #winning
“Swing the ring” to determine baby’s gender! Results: half said girl, half said boy.
That bump was way bigger leaving Charleston than when we arrived.
Good point. Cake for everyone!
This made me laugh out loud!
Beautiful fresh pear delivery! The holidays are here.
Our sweet friend who watches Cholula when we’re gone made us adorable festive mugs!
One year ago, I was on a snowy trail with this stick hoarder.
Two years ago, John (aka Hairy Ninja) was kung-fu fighting in West Marin.
Three years ago, I was busting out post-wedding thank you notes!
Four years ago, John napped in my lap on a beach in Point Reyes.
And today, I’m learning that A) a bad cold while preggo is horrid and B) Dr. Husband loves me very, very much.
You know. Just the usual bliss.