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Hi.

Welcome! I’m Catherine. For me, it's important to stretch my mind, travel far, and always have a stash of dark chocolate.

Short Christmas 2017

Short Christmas 2017

BB-8 Christmas Ornament
BB-8 Christmas Ornament

We had a relaxing holiday weekend. This holiday season has been Jordan's busiest. Which, as a general rule, is odd for his line of work. Thankfully, the work was able to be put on hold for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We went to church on Christmas Eve morning. They gave veggie straws to the kids which kept Phoenix occupied for quite a while. Jordan and I watched The Holiday after Phoenix went to bed.

Jordan and I don't really have traditions set for Christmas Day. I've worked six of the past eight Christmases and outside of those we were with our families. The one thing I do want to carry on is eating a big brunch. My mom always made a Swedish tea ring Christmas morning. I've attempted to make that or cinnamon rolls many times and they never turn out! I tried a new recipe and with the help of our space heater I finally reached success!

I wouldn't call Jordan and I minimalists, but we are mindful of our space limitations. To keep Christmas simple, but still enjoyable, we bought Phoenix three gifts: a BB-8 ornament, crayons and a teepee for his room! Jordan's parents are en route to Nashville right now for Christmas Round Two. We're going to elicit their help to set up Phoenix's room.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. And now for some Phoenix spam. ;-)

BB-8 Christmas Ornament
BB-8 Christmas Ornament
BB-8 Christmas Ornament
BB-8 Christmas Ornament
BB-8 Christmas Ornament
BB-8 Christmas Ornament

^ Phoenix had a meltdown after he realized he couldn't play with the glass ornament.

Short Christmas 2017
Short Christmas 2017
Short Christmas 2017
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^ Jordan loves Phoenix's arrowroot cookies so we bought him his own stash.

Short Christmas 2017
Short Christmas 2017

^ Last year my attempts were thwarted with bad yeast. I used a good recipe this time around, but the major key was turning on our space heater while the dough was rising.

Short Christmas 2017
Short Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas, all!

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Raising Children in a Scary World

Raising Children in a Scary World