It has been a month of gratitude, a month of yoga, a month of partying and fun with friends and family, and I am so grateful to have so many awesome people in my life who make for so many great experiences. I haven't blogged forever--life has been so full of settling in and making a house into a home again, but now that we have had several gatherings and much of my family has seen our house, and more family to come this weekend, I feel like I can breathe and start to post little bits of our life here on Shadypeak. I am also going to stay in this place of gratitude for the next month or so, so that I don't careen off into that other place. Today's sweet memory is that of my sweet Lucy who sat right down and started to play out of the new piano book and then sang with me as I poked out a few songs from my new copy of The Reader's Digest Christmas Songbook (the library was a bust--I guess the Beavertonians are more hip to checking this thing out for the month of December than the Corvallis folks!) Ahhh... music! Forest thought it would be a good idea to stand on the piano shortly thereafter and so I had to stop playing. Oh well!