We had a wonderful early visit with my mom, brother, and his girlfriend on Saturday morning. An early Christmas celebration. We collaborated on a play dough snowman, visited, munched on peppermint bark and fresh bread, and exchanged a few gifts in front of the (entirely unnecessary on the balmy first day of winter that we had) fire.
Afterwards, a drive to the big city (well, Asheville) for the birthday party of one of Claire's dearest friends. It was at an ice cream shop. And so for lunch on the first day of winter I had a split scoop of salted caramel and coconut milk ginger ice cream. A bit later and Claire and I found ourselves back at the Noodle Shop, splitting another bowl of da lu noodles to balance out the sweet with a little savory and pungent. We had a seat right by the window and did a lot of people watching along with our eating. Home, then.
It was dark already and we'd had that weird late lunch/early dinner meal and so it was popcorn for dinner by candlelight, after talking about the shortest day, lighting some candles, and singing a sweet little song.
Early to bed. Today, plans of staying put. A morning with papa, more rain, and then an afternoon with more popcorn (some strung up for the birds), more lip balm making, a visit to neighbors, and just now- some cookie making.
*weekending with amanda