Taking Note from Nature

‘Tis the season for hustle and bustle, for stress and excess. Meanwhile, the natural world quiets, slows down, and turns inward. Meanwhile, bears and bugs hibernate, leaves fall from trees in a not-so-subtle suggestion to let go of that which no longer serves. Meanwhile, our busy bodies fight against their own natural urges. There areContinue reading “Taking Note from Nature”

Happy Hygge-Days!

Christmas may have come and gone, but the long, cold winter still stretches endlessly in front of us. We have sixty more days of this snowy season, to be exact. People love to hate winter; complaining about the cold seems to be a favorite national pastime. And I get it. I live in Chicago, soContinue reading “Happy Hygge-Days!”

Light up the Night

Yesterday was the winter solstice. The shortest day of the year. Or the longest night, if you’re an optimist. The sun set at 4:22 pm, which meant as my children were waking up from their afternoon naps, the sun was already slipping below the horizon. This can make winter feel like a limiting time. Especially forContinue reading “Light up the Night”

Broken Kitchen Cabinets

The day started with a cold and dark awakening. Eyes open before the sun even began to peak over the horizon. I was squeezed in bed between two tiny bodies with a chorus of echoing cries; my children’s needs already pressing in on me from both sides. As I dragged myself out of bed andContinue reading “Broken Kitchen Cabinets”

So this is what they were talking about… (Chicago Winter Woes)

When we first decided to move to the Chicago area, in November no less, every single person we encountered would look at us incredulously and warn us about the frigid cold winters. Even when we were in Fairbanks, Alaska, where the winter temperatures regularly hover below zero, residents pitied the frosty plight that we were toContinue reading “So this is what they were talking about… (Chicago Winter Woes)”

First Flakes

Over this past weekend we got to enjoy the first beautiful snowflakes of winter. I know I’m going to kick myself for saying this in a few weeks when the cold and snow become relentless, but I truly love seeing snow fall. There is something so magical and peaceful about watching each unique flake floatContinue reading “First Flakes”

A Blustery Winter Day

Today was the first “wintery” day we’ve experienced in Florida, which unfortunately happened to coincide with our planned trip to the dog beach. While we’re not experiencing quite the frigid temperatures that the rest of the country is suffering through, it was cool and windy enough to make a day at the beach none toContinue reading “A Blustery Winter Day”