early mornings

Lately, I've started to get up early and sneak in a workout routine. It's SO hard to get out of bed while it's still dark outside. It has me feeling good, but it also means an earlier bedtime! With all the chores and errands that keep popping up, I haven't felt like spending a lot of my downtime on the computer (hence the lack of posts, oops!).

We've been making lots of plans for Christmas though – dinners with friends, work parties, who's having Christmas where – it's been nice ramping up to the best time of year! I've had the "holiday traditions" channel set on my radio, enjoying the classics each time I drive to and from work, and just this past weekend Rick put up our Christmas lights. Slowly we're seeing more and more houses light up at night. I've started our Christmas shopping as well, as it's always nice to have it done early and just relax come the week of, don't you think?

Hope you're all enjoying your November! What holiday traditions do you look forward to each year?

P.S. Notice the paint swatch? We'll be painting this room a whole lot lighter soon!


this month

Halloween has come and gone, and it was a fun one at that! I dressed up as a ballerina – easy since I had mostly everything but the tutu. We had about 50 or so kids drop by in the cutest and creative costumes. I love seeing what they all dress up as!

The night ended early though, as November decided to blow in hard and rainy, keeping me up most of the night. It's a blustery one out there, a sure sign of cold days to come. Now is the time I like to start creating a cozy home – bring out the blankets, flannel sheets, and multiple candles to light each evening. I detest the bitter cold, but there sure is something about hibernating indoors just before the holidays.

This month we have a couple of celebrations, get-togethers, and things to do around the house. I'm most looking forward to seeing Swan Lake next week, performed by the National Ballet. Tchaikovsky is one of my favourites, and there's nothing like the drama of Swan Lake.

What are you up to this month?