..A fire crackles in the background. Darin and Wee-babe Sam are upstairs napping. Dear Isabelle is a-giggle in her prairie dress and apron while big sister Elyssa paints her toenails a delightful, shimmering shade of "fairytale blue". Dusty is snuggled up contently in my lap; together we softly browse through a Holiday gift catalog, dreaming of Christmas magic all too early. What a lovely autumn afternoon!