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when you just feel like not getting up in the morning because the night has been just too short

when you feel like you could stay in the shower for one hour and a half because that is the next best thing to being to bed (that is until there is no more hot water in the tank…)

when you just feel like curling in your living room all day in a rocking chair, knitting in hand, and not have to worry about anything else

when you would much rather just get hooked in a good book instead of having to put coat and boots to go shoveling the latest 15 cm of snow (!!!)

Where the only thing that would brighten this day is this:

still fuming right off the stove

yummmmmmmm

Today is a day  like this

don’t tell ūüėČ

 

Receipe to a day like this

Whole milk

thick cream (10 or 15%)

vanilla bean split lenghtwise

cinammon stick

Chili infused dark chocolate

Dark 80% or more chocolate

honey to taste

Put cinnamon stick and vanilla bean in a saucepan.

Cover with milk and some cream (to make it thick, so go to taste.)

heat on low.

When about to boil, add chocolate by small pieces so they will melt, and stir

Add as much chocolate you want, I usually add 3/4 of a chocolate pack

Serve while hot on a day like this.

and enjoy!

 

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Of course, having just about finished to unpacked most of the boxes, we have not yet had the time to prepare for Christmas. ¬†Well, at least, not as usual. ¬†And since we are already December 7th, we don’t have much more time to do the usual activities that we do around Christmastime.

But

We finally managed to FIND our Christmas boxes, and go through a few things.  And after digging through, the kids found this town set we have, but have not used in the past few years.  They obviously thought this was the greatest discovery ever.

So for the remainer of the crazy day we had yesterday (our first snowstorm of the year, and a good one!) we all enjoyed a much neede peaceful moment while  they happily played with this little town, creating tons of Christmas stories and of course, selling and buying their houses to one another!

and guess what mama was able to do while all those transaction took place?

My guess is this had instantly become a new Christmas tradition for years to come

Welcome to our house!

As we are welcoming december, we are finishing to open boxes and make this new house our home. ¬†It has been a very exciting project, not to say the least. ¬†Moving at a month’s notice with 3 young children, is definetly a challenge. ¬†But here we finally are, just in time to celebrate our first Christmas here.

Setting this house up has been a very cleansing process for me. ¬†It allowed me to get rid of old stuff, of clutter, of old habits (or at least trying to ) and embrace a new way, new look, new feel in our home. ¬†We were longing, in our other house, to have a very simple, unclutted home. ¬†I felt like we never managed to, I don’t know why. ¬†Maybe we were not ready to part with everything we needed to let go in order to really acheive what we were hoping for. ¬†But this new energy we had (needed…) to move really made us look beyond stuff, and helped us realized what we wanted. ¬†A minimalist type of house. ¬†As of today, we have less then 10 boxes to unpack, and only one room to finish up. ¬†But as I look around, I can see this is an unfinished project. ¬†We still have to infuse US in here. ¬†Not just placing our stuff in convinient places, but really make it ours by making, creating, arranging, and living in it, and that is long term project ūüôā

So let the tour begin

Today, I show you my new baby boy’s room. ¬†Why this room first? ¬†Because ¬†I was not able to prepare while being pregnant, since our old house didn’t have enough room to allow him one, so guess which room I felt like settling first. ¬†I guess I had some nesting hormones still raging inside me.

I set this room up with our goal of minimalism and simplicity in mind.

Now keep in mind, it really *IS* at it’s simpliest expression right now. ¬†There are nothing on the walls *yet*, and have very few things since Pumpkin is still sleeping with us. ¬†But with a little time, I should be able to complete all the projects I have for this room.

the colors of the wall are really hard to catch properly, and since there is almost a snow storm outside (sigh) I don’t have much light to work with. ¬†We used Benjamin Moore Natura paint, which is a low VOC paint in a blue grayish color. ¬†I wasn’t sure how it would turn out on the walls, but I love it. ¬†It is a very relaxing color.

Although this house is not really old, it was built at the begining of 2000, and has a modern look to it, we used many of our vintage piece of furnishing, and I really love the effect of the new contrasting with the old.  I feel like it give a little bit of life to this house that has not seen that many years yet.

And of course, we kept some of rituals too!

this has protected each of my babes while they were newborns.

but also added new ones:

I love this mobile, this fresh and crisp white color against the blue of the wall.  I love how it moves, and most of all how it makes Pumkin coos everytime he sees it.

I still have to add the wall art (something I am about to make), add some linen to the window, and add a basket of carefully chosen toys for him to play with.  Unfortunatly, he will not longer be able to use his bassinet really soon as he is way too god at turning over already (!!!) and so a floor bed is about to take the spot under the butterflies.

Happy St- Nic’s day!