Our legs are intertwined as we snuggle on the couch. A blanket is partially covering us, empty chocolate coin wrappers from the Advent calendar are scattered on the table next to us. Sofia has a doll on her lap and is combing her hair methodically as I read to her from a book we got at the library. A chapter book. With only a few pictures scattered inside. Sofia has been really focused on reading these past few months. She has a couple beginner reading books, and they read a chapter in a chapter book each afternoon at school. I use the library as a bribe now, and it works. She begs to go. A couple of months ago we wandered through the stacks and came to the shelves that house the collections of chapter books. Ramona is there, as is Nancy Drew, Boxcar children and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I was a bit unsure of how Sofia would do with some of these… and then finally we came across the perfect series. Junie B. Jones. We had seen her featured in a play last year and Sofia loved it. We took a few books off the shelf and brought them home. We’ve now read them all. Sometimes two a day. Now we are on to the next series, Ivy and Bean. I love that Sofia loves to read as much as I did. As I still do but seem to never have the time.
This year has been so busy. How is it December already? Really? Only three blog posts this whole year? How is that possible… Every year at this time I make the same vow to slow down and relish the times we have, no matter how extravagant, no matter how mundane. This was my new years resolution this past year. Dolce fa niente. Sweetness in doing nothing. Snuggled up, on the couch, eating chocolate and laughing with bean. Perfection.