Girls Night…In

Girls Night…In

I just discovered the best of 09 challenge for December hosted by the delightful Gwen Bell. I’m so excited!

Perhaps I state the obvious when I say I love reflection. If you have ever read this blog then you know it’s what I do. In this case, Gwen encourages us to specifically look back on the past year and share thoughts and pictures prompted by a unique question for each day in December. Fantastic!

Today question Gwen asked about details of memorable night out. The timing couldn’t be more perfect for this since last night was one of the best nights I have spent the whole year. Mind you, it was a night in (not out) but it was a night of pure magic.

I’ll paint the picture: Friday night. Fire lit. Warm Chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven (thanks to my 12-yo). Tapestries covering the floor. Comfortable clothes. Magazine clippings, photographs, blocks of wood and paint, paint, paint.

We had the best time. Ever. And we have lovely little pieces of art that I adore.

If there is anything that I learned from such a simple and relaxed evening together with my girls is that in 2010 I want to do more of it. My wish as a mother is that when my daughters look back on their youth, that they remember spending nights like this with me. With all the work I do, and how distracted I can get, I know that it’s going to take much more of an effort on my part to make it happen. But, now I feel like I have a perfect model to work from. It’s something I really look forward to.

Feel free to join in the #best09 fun over at Gwen’s. The more the merrier.

  • Gwen Bell
    Posted at 07:12h, 06 December Reply

    Tracey, I’m so glad you decided to jump in. And that you shared your _night in_! It looks delightful. And pajama-worthy. Like another one of those special nights in this year…

  • tea_austen
    Posted at 07:32h, 06 December Reply

    How very wonderful. You’re right, some of the best moments take place at home, in sweats/jammies, with those we love. What a wonderful tradition to have with your daughters. What wonderful memories for them.

    Lately I’ve been thinking about the holidays, and I realize that my best memories were not the presents I was given. My best memories were the craft projects we did—the things we made to give other people. That is what I loved the most.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • emma
    Posted at 08:03h, 06 December Reply

    Oh my goodness, this brought tears to my eyes for the absolute beauty, love and innocence of such a moment. I so wish ALL mothers and daughters could share such special times! Thanks for sharing, and hopefully inspiring other moms too. And from what I know of you, I’m pretty sure that your wish for 2010 will come true.

  • qmama
    Posted at 13:35h, 06 December Reply

    absolute delight. me too, wishing for more moments and memories like your magical evening. xo

  • beth
    Posted at 20:17h, 06 December Reply

    these pictures are just the best….oh your kids will look back on these someday with such fond memories of you and the time you spent with them creating…..

  • Jamie
    Posted at 03:38h, 07 December Reply

    This is beautiful! Slowing down, creating memories. That is what life is all about.
    I’ve been following you on SS and through blog land for about 2 years now. I’m expecting my second child in June and wanted to order the same pregnancy journal I had for my first baby, 3 years ago. I pulled it off of the shelf and "saw" for the first time (in big neon lights) "Waiting for Baby" by TRACEY CLARK. I just had to laugh outloud.
    Even before I knew who you were, you were helping me slow down, reflect, and create my own memories. Thank you! And Happy 2010!!

  • kellyrae
    Posted at 20:10h, 07 December Reply

    you are getting me excited to be a creative mom 🙂
    one day!

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