Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I wish you enough sun
to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.
I wish you enough rain
to appreciate the sun even more.
I wish you enough happiness
to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.
I wish you enough pain
so that the even the smallest joys in life may appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain
to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss
to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos
to get you through the final goodbye.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I also wanted to share a photo of this gift that my husband made for E - to go with his wooden sword and knitted chainmail. It is a simple to make wooden shield (which can be painted with an emblem) - board cut to shape, edges sanded slightly and a wooden trowel handle attached on the back. Fun gift. E is now all kitted out to be as knightly as he likes. ;-)
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Yesterday we started our day with waffles and peach butter. Then we headed up the mountain to enjoy some time in nature. It was so beautiful up there - everything was covered in fresh powdery snow.The boys sledded, we walked, the dog romped and plowed his face through drifts of snow.The boys like to play board games on special days but yesterday we also had some fun playing this game out in the woods. One minute you see him...the next minute you don't.
It's called Stand Under a Tree, Give it a Shake and See How Much Snow Falls on You. Very fun! It's important to make sure you are dressed for it - you don't want all the snow falling down the back of your coat collar. Brrrr. It also helps to have loads of light powdery snow around. ;-) This was played A Lot!!
And it is quite the trick to try and time your picture taking to get a snap of the main release of snow falling down. See here? There are at least two people under that tree. :-)Our dinner was homemade pizza (with a new favourite dough recipe given to us by a friend). We also had our fire ritual - the same as last year, when we write down something in our lives that we wish to let go of and then burn the paper we've written it on.
We then say what steps we will take to replace those negatives with positive things. I encourage the boys to think of at least one action that they can take to make what they want to happen happen.
We all really enjoy this tradition. I find that my children really love having traditions in their lives. I wonder which of ours our boys will choose to carry into their adult lives. After this serious business ;-) we did some fire writing (or played Jedi - depending on your preference) and then the boys ended the evening by opening their solstice gift. It was a wonderful day.
Friday, December 19, 2008
We had a crazy amount of snow yesterday. We happen to be right in a pocket that got a particular weather pattern coming in across the lake with the result of over 42 cm of snow in one day. We shovelled...and shovelled...and shovelled. E and I went for a walk in it last night and in parts he was slogging through snow almost up to his hips.
Soon we will be having our solstice fire out in this area. Looks like we might need to do a bit of digging out before that happens.
The boys are thrilled with the amount of sledding we are getting in. They were out playing with a friend 'til past bedtime last night. And I am thrilled with the amount of knitting I am getting in. E's solstice gift is almost done. I just need to join the side seams.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I also finished the slippers for my Dad and I really love the colour combination of navy top and black bottom. My Dad has definite ideas about which colours can be worn together - blue and green should never be seen is something I heard regularly through my youth - but I know that he considers navy and black a suitable combo.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
This is the kind of learning that we love in our family - the kind that employs all our senses...that is simple...natural...practical...and is meaningful to us in some way.