Wednesday, December 12, 2012

December Days

Not everyone understood my last rant post. My own mum gave me flack about it, "I thought Under the High Chair was a food blog" she said. It was, I defended, and gave the short version of how it has morphed into my personal blog. (Clearly Simple Bites is the 'all food, all the time' blog of the two.) "Well your aunt thinks you're pregnant," she sniffed.

However, unfounded baby rumors aside, a lot of people related to my sound off. A lot. Even one guy is sick and tired of being asked when he's going to start having kids. And he's a guy.

It's all very interesting. In a nutshell, we'd all wish people would stop asking us about how we are (or are not) building our families.

Now it isn't my intention for a second post to be about pregnancy, but I did want to mention that I received a lot of comments, emails and remarks in response to the post, before we move onto something a tad less serious.

Like cookies.

Here we are, two weeks away from Christmas, and this little family is deep into holiday prep. Before I sat down to write this post, I piled a plate high with cookies for Danny as a bribe to address our Christmas cards. It's a task I loathe; I hope my bribe works.

Stockings have been hung, a twig tree decorated, and the last few gifts stashed in the top of the closet. If only we had snow, I might really believe that the season of good tidings was upon us, but it is elusive this year save for a thin blanket of ice.

While we wait for the late-coming white drifts, the last days of the school year are getting crossed off the calendar, one-by-one, and we keep a growing list of activities we want to visit over the holidays.

My annual cookie swap has come and gone, and my freezer is lined with long plastic containers of fresh baked goodies. I organize them by similar flavors, so they maintain their cookie integrity. Everything chocolate in one flat, shortbread and vanilla cookies in another, and all gingerbread and spiced goodies are grouped together. It's a good system.

My girls baked some beautiful cookies, fudge and chocolate-dipped caramels.

We barely fit everything on the table - over 1000 cookies -and my simple, festive centerpiece of tea lights in jam jars bathed the heaping plates in a warm glow. It's a little bit like a beautiful dream, wouldn't you agree?

I captured a few moments via Instagram just to prove it wasn't all a dream.

This also could have been a scene from a reverie: a break from work and the kids to have an uninterrupted dinner with friends? Yes, please.

Let the holidays come. We're ready for them and we fully intend to take the hustle and bustle at our own pace. After all, it is the most wonderful time of the year.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays wherever you may find yourself this December.


Amber said...

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here too, but I, for one, am a-okay without the snow. This you know.

I meant to go back and comment on your last post. I even read it seconds after you published it. I don't know why I didn't, but I think part of me held back because it's hard to admit how hard that question is for us.

No one ever assumes that two relatively healthy married people are struggling with infertility, or whether they have decided not to have children at all.

I have friends in all categories, and that question brings up all sorts of pain and awkwardness. You want to explain yourself. For some reason, there's a drive in the answer to that question, to put yourself on the map in terms of your feelings about kids. Typically I've found "Not just yet." to be the most easy and "shut-downable" answer. But it belies what I really want to say: Yes, YES we want kids. It's not for lack of trying. And medical procedures. And mourning the loss of the ability to procreate with just the two of us.

Why do we feel this need to explain? I've experienced that my friends who are child-free feel the same, that they somehow need to explain their choice in that moment, and why it still makes them a valid person.

It's weird, isn't it? It seems like such a common, get-to-know-you question. People don't realize the knife and divisiveness that particular question can yield.

Cheryl F. said...

Hi Aimee,

I would love to read your previous post, but your site doesn't load properly for me anymore...since the last post, actually.

However, I think I get the idea, and have found it funny that those who were eager to know when the babies were coming were just as vocal as to why we would consider having more than two, since we already had one boy and one girl.

Aimée said...

@Amber -Thanks for your comment and honesty, hon. xox

@Cheryl - Try from a different browser. It IS live. =)

Cheryl F. said...


Tried through the iPad and it loaded. I was worried I wouldn't be able to make your maple pecan cookies for Christmas!

Emily @Random recycling said...

I'm off to a cookie swap tonight. Made your Mayan Chocolate Sparkler recipe. Love all the pics in this post.

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It seems like you were very busy baking this year. The happy faces probably made it all worth it. Thanks for sharing.

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