Favorite time of the year:
Christmas in Chicago is just as magical as I imagined. I can’t wait to share all the fun Christmas activities we have done so far. Now my goal is to get Chris to decorate the tree with me. He doesn’t want me to do it alone, but he hasn’t had time to do it after work (he has to study for a big exam he has in a few weeks). I have it all set up—it just needs ornaments. We don’t even have that many ornaments here, so it wouldn’t take long. When my in-laws were in town, they got us a tree with some ornaments since we left everything back in Texas. It was so sweet of them, and I know they would love to see it decorated!
I haven’t posted a photo of Skyler in a while, and I just love this one I took this week because it shows how long she is. She is only 18 pounds but very capable of taking up the entire couch.
I look forward to Cyber Monday every year because it’s such a great way to buy Christmas presents. I am completely finished with presents and bought most of them online! I can’t wait for all the gifts to get here.
Natural Balance Foods sent us their Eat Nākd Sampler Pack, and we are obsessed! I am a big snacker and have been really trying to reach for healthier snacks, so these were perfect for me. Eat Nākd fruit and nut bars contain 100 percent natural ingredients, which means no added sugar or syrups.
The bars are wheat free, dairy free, and gluten free, and I loved their soft and chewy texture. My favorite bar was the berry delight because I love dried fruit. Chris, of course, loved the pecan pie bar. We both loved the protein crunch bars. He really liked the apple crunch, and my favorite was the strawberry crunch. Right now the Eat Nākd Sampler Pack is only $9.99 (with free delivery), less than $1 per bar. Chris loves taking these bars with him to the hospital, so I will be buying more in the future.
I am now 11 books away from my new goal of 100 books this year, so I have been reading as much as I can. I recently finished The Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris (c/o NetGalley), and it was one of the best books I read this year.
The story begins with a hook from the end of the book: a cold, foggy night at Alcatraz in 1937, and a prison guard's only daughter has gone missing. You don't return to this part of the story for some time, but the story of Shan and the love, loss, and second chances he experienced was beautiful.
I hope y’all have a wonderful weekend!