Making elk and fox and squirrel cookies. Waiting for someone special to come visit. Watching a film together, snuggled up in the sofa on early mornings. Our tufty, home grown Christmas tree. Two girls dressed up for Christmas Eve. And more!
While some sleep, others work.
The building process is striding on, and every time I've come home from work lately, I've run up to the house to see what's new. And how fun it is; it's a little bit like magic!
The first floor of the extension is up, the second floor is due next week, and the entrance door has been moved to it's rightful place.
We're finally through with a very busy period, so now all that needs doing is lying around on floors and in sofa and watch classic Christmas movies together. That too is very important stuff to do.
Feels so good!
Two years apart: Making gingerbread cookies/ gingerbread house with my girls, both the little ones and the little-bit-older ones!
First below: Two of my sisters, and me, and Frejainthebelly, december 2009:
...and that's about all the "baking" I do before Christmas. (Note the readymade dough in the photos.)
I like to keep my goals within reach and my stress levels low.
Back to normal life now. Bills to pay, snow to clear, things to plan, kids and cats to admire. Like these two pairs, for example, snuggly on the sofa in the afternoons and evenings. Oh, and new albums to listen to, like this one.
At home with the littlest one today, she has a fever and is a lot calmer than usual. A good day to indulge in her favorite activity these days; drawing. We see the little artist emerge.
A good day for her mum too, to sit still a little bit, and drink coffee, and breathe.
See that little horse in the middle there, on the picture below? That's Marius; and guess what - he's moving in with us! He's a little foal born in May, of the Norwegian dølahestbreed. They are great horses for working, driving and trekking, gentle spirited and easy going.
I've been into horses for over twenty years now, and finally, for the first time, I have my own. Wow.
Marius will spend the winter on the farm that is also the kindergarten where Mr. Payne and Freja hang out every day, and then come summer, he'll move in with us. Can't wait to get to know him!
Zoo Payne is Mr. & Mrs. Payne and our three sugarplums Ronja (9), Freja (3) and Falk (0). With Billie the Wolfhound, cats Boo and Sioux, Marius the horse, a pair of cows, a band of sheep and a bunch of chickens, the Paynes live the dream on a farm in Norway.