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Decorating Daddy

From Soulemama: “{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.”

A Happy New Year to all–I’ll see you back in this space on a more regular basis next week when we return home.

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L3 Solstice PJs & Socks

Handmade PJs for solstice? Check. This year with some new fleece socks, too, because it’s been a couple of years and guess what? Their feet have grown! 🙂

L4 Solstice PJs & Socks

The kids weren’t the only ones happy with their gifts this year. . .

Solstice Moose

We never knew Jasper would like a stuffed chew toy so much! He stands over it when he eats and sleeps with it, too. Maybe it will ease his neurotic tendencies?

As for the cats, we were pretty sure that Loki and Piper enjoy catnip. We weren’t disappointed!

Solstice Catnip

Holiday sweaters to be photographed sometime in the future. I’m happy to report, though, that they were well-received by both kiddos. Oh, how I love my boy in a sweater vest!

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Just like I wrote about here, we celebrated last night and this morning our annual ritual of dark and light with the advent of the winter solstice.

solstice eve dinner 2

A simple, favorite family meal was had, along with great conversation and words of love passed ’round the table. We even watched a deer pick its way through the remnants of our garden as we sat down to eat.  Those moments of togetherness fill my heart and helped me stay grounded in all the chaos that overly-excited and tired children bring to a night. But still–it was beautiful in its own way because it was OUR family’s night, not someone else’s far away that I don’t know or trying to make it something other than our own. (BTW–last night I found out that I am loved by all of my family for the food I provide. I never knew!)

Waiting for Sunrise 2010 2

We set an alarm to watch the lunar eclipse, but there was nothing to see here with thick cloud cover abounding.  It was disappointing, but we could see the diffuse light all about, reflecting off of the snow.  Or maybe it was the massive lights from our nearby grocery store?  😛 The morning was dark and cold, but we were merry and bright.  As is often the case in upstate NY in winter, the cloud cover blocked a view of the sunrise.  We watched the sky’s gradual lightening together and sang and drank our hot chocolate. It was hard sending everyone off to school & work today, but soon we’ll have many days together and visiting with others, too.

a light in the dark 2010

Wishing you and yours a happy winter solstice. May you find those moments of what is right and true for you and yours.

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Seeing the Shiny Upclose

From Soulemama: “{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.”

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Jumping Santa 2010

When I was 19 I visited with L1’s family during the holidays for the first time. As you can imagine, it was interesting to learn about all the different traditions his family had compared to my own. One of my favorites was “Jumping Santa.”  This entailed a little Santa figurine that had jumped around L1’s house through out the holiday season to “watch” if you were being naughty or nice.  One never knew where Jumping Santa might show up, he’d keep you on your toes.  When we were married, we received our own Jumping Santa from L1’s mom.  It was such fun in our first years together before kids to find and hide him on each other.  Now that we have children, Jumping Santa has become more special.  As you can see above, he’s had some surgery over time, but is very loved in our home.  Each day the kids look for where he might have jumped to while no one was looking.  He’s sneaky like, Jumping Santa, only moving when you aren’t watching and he also tends to move to places where he’ll need to be watching YOU.  Last night I think he guarded the remainder of L1’s birthday cake in the fridge!

Have you adopted any holiday traditions in adulthood that you didn’t practice in your youth or childhood?

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Nighty-night in the Rocking Chair

From Soulemama: “{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.”

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Karate Christmas 2010 4L1 & L4 in a self-defense demo at “Karate Christmas”

As predicted, all of the fun activities of the season have been keeping us busy.

Share the Season 1L3 singing in the “Share the Season” choir at his school.

All of my intentions to slow down because of the cute & fun may be well and good, but they are nothing compared to the intense slowing that happens when the snow finally falls in earnest here.  And keeps falling!  The shoveling, while getting my body going in the cold, slows the chatter in my mind. Back and forth, scoop, lift, toss–a rhythm is built and away I go. I am not always all cheery about the task, but I am thankful that my body is sound enough to be able to do it, especially in the wake of bad health news for several friends’ family members recently.  There’s also happiness in good tunes to enjoy while doing it. A girl and dog thrilled beyond measure by all of the snow help make it all less odious, too. 🙂

First Snow 2010 2

What helps you slow down during the bustle of the winter holiday season?

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