all is bright

My family spent Christmas in DC two years ago, and when it started snowing just after breakfast, my little sister’s eyes grew wide and she ran to the windows: “EVERYONE – get outside, it’s s-n-o-w-i-n-g!!”  My parents shunned the cold, raised our family in Arizona, and refused to take trips to anywhere the temperature dropped below 32F.  For me and my siblings, however, snow is a somewhat magical thing that makes everything glisten and gets everyone a little more cozy.

Today was the first ‘snow-emergency’ of the 2013-2013 Minneapolis winter, and it was such a lovely day that I’ve dedicated this post to it.
The loveliness kicked off when my grandma sent me thermal socks in the mail (she was watching QVC in Arizona and saw something that her Minnesota granddaughter could use):
I tucked them into my waterproof boots and set about my daily walk as usual:
My feet stayed warm, but my hair got a fresh sprinkling of snow..
Since I don’t have a fireplace, I put a little sizzle on the TV to get the mood right in my apartment:Image
Then I hopped in my tub to warm up:Image
Okay, okay, that part is only 50% true.  I did take a bath, but not in anything quite as extraordinary as that tub.  I’m a little jealous of the person washing their hair and soaping their arms in that gem.  My tub is a little less glam, but I used my tub time to read the new Vogue, and, well, it felt pretty perfect to me:
Recognize the cover?  It’s a remake of the painting Flaming June by Sir Frederick Leighton:Image
Gorgeous, right? The actress Jessica Chastain modeled as women from some of history’s most famous paintings for the issue, and it got me thinking: which painting would I want to recreate?  Not that Vogue is likely to call me up or anything, but, ya know,  I want to have my answer ready just in case.  I decided on a Renoir, either a portrait with my little sister or my husband:
What do you think of the cold? Is there a painting that you would want to recreate with a photograph?

12 days of christmas giving

so! to make this holiday extra special, i decided to try out a little thing called “12 days of christmas loving.”  the idea is that jon gets 12 gifts for christmas, but in a patterned way: on december 12th (the first day) he gets 1 gift, on december 13th (the second day) he gets 2 gifts, and so forth, until the final and twelfth day, december 25th, when he gets 12 gifts.  how fun does this sound?

i also made my sweetheart commit to building a gingerbread house:

a winter photo shoot:

And a couple other things that I consider my favorite holiday activities:


  • Ice skating
  • Chop a Christmas tree
  • Sledding
  • Dog sledding
  • Cross country skiing
  • Snow mobilig
  • Ice fishing
  • Snow shoeing
  • Build a snowman
  • Go mistletoe picking
  • Make ornament from tree trunk
  • Build a snow fort
  • Winter picnic with little candles
  • Zoo lights
  • Day after thanksgiving shopping
  • Write Christmas cards
  • Adopt a family

Needless to say, we’ve been busy…

Happy holidays!!


The holidays are here, and i don’t think it’s possible to be much more excited than me and Jon.  To imagine the excited, think Clark Griswold (Christmas Vacation) running amok with Buddy the Elf (Elf).   Sounds like a little too much excitement? Possibly, but we’re serious about celebrations and presents, and the whole thing ends up being a whole lot of fun.  I made Jon a “honey-do” list for all the holiday season, and he laughed when he started making a timeline for how we would fit it all in: ice skating, tree chopping, sledding, dog-sledding, cross country skiing, snow-mobile riding, ice-fishing, snow-shoeing, building a gingerbread house, adopting a family, making homemade ornaments, building a snowman, mistletoe-picking, and building a snowman.  We got started on the list this weekend, and I got some pretty festive pictures out of the trip: