Raines looked over my shoulder as I was writing this. "Wow, Mom! That picture's of Christmas Eve!" he said reverently.
Indeed. This pic was taken by my mom last Christmas. Not Christmas Eve, but, you know, close enough. I'm currently in Michigan, sitting in front of the fire, curled up with my laptop, coffee, and chocolate. Not a bad way to start a Christmas holiday, no?
As you may have guessed, things will be quiet at ANMJ for the next couple of weeks. We'll be off sledding, snowshoeing, and celebrating the end of 2013. Or, as my husband so eloquently put it, "2013 can go F**k–"
But before I go, I do have a few fun links to share…..
Reader Aspen swears by this easy Gap tee for pooch-hiding. "I am a mama of a toddler, living in nyc, and I adore your blog. 🙂 I just wanted to let you know if just got a shirt from the gap that is amazing and pooch proof. It's less than $30!" Thanks, Aspen! That flared back is gorgeous.
Jenna wrote in to let me know that my new cream cords are now 40% off at Anthro. GAH! I hate when that happens…but at least someone else can benefit. So if you've been debating the AG Stevie straight-leg cream cords (last seen on the blog here)….voila! Thanks, Jenna!
Bethany was "desperately searching for boyfriend jeans that were flattering without being tight." She found her boyfriend-jean-holy-grail at ASOS. Oooo…these Mango jeans manage to get the light-wash, artfully destroyed just right, and are currently on sale for $52. Furthermore, Bethany says, "When the holes in the jeans started to gape from wear and tear, I patched them with a trendy but subtle grey and cream chevron fabric." Ummm…that's AWESOME. Bethany, I want a pic!!
BTW, I bought the chestnut. Have barely taken them off since.
Shelley sent me a link to this pic of Sarah Michele Geller hanging out with her kids. Shelley asked, "Doesn't she look like a cool, but play-ready mom? And note how interesting the sweater is, a little texture, frayed cuffs, and leather tipped! Maybe she reads, too?" HA! Yes, EXACTLY, and…probs not.
Meagan Francis of The Happiest Home was getting sick of her holiday play list. She found a few lesser-known alternatives to the usual stuff. Meagan, my husband will thank you for getting Jessica Simpson''s Baby It' Cold Outside and the entire Jackson 5 Christmas Album off repeat.
I loved Rookie Mom's very practical article, Stuff Your Own Stocking. It's probably the ONLY way I will ever get a Dyson. And, uh, the only way I'd want to (don't even think about it, Mike).
I was recently interviewed by OZY, a news and culture site, about how mom bloggers are bringing an end to mom jeans. SING IT.
And lastly…..I made the Babble's Top 100 Bloggers list! Seriously, WOW. I'm in the Style section, along with some other very inspiring, talented moms. Check 'em out – you won't be disappointed.
And now we're here, finally, at the end of 2013. What a wild ride. I remember thinking, back in August (sometime after the mastectomy but before chemo started) that if I could just make it to the holidays…if I could somehow…get…there, it would all be OK. I just needed to focus on hot chocolate and snowflakes and sleigh rides and White Christmas and chubby hands tearing wrapping paper. And now, here we are. We're actually here, all of us, together.
I'm a lucky girl, Mamas. Thank you, beyond words, for all of your support this year. The love of friends and the kindness of strangers will always be remembered – by both Mike and I – as one of most impactful events of our lives. Our hearts are impossibly full. May your holiday season be a celebration of hope, of life, of love.