Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy Holidays!

T'was the night before Christmas.
Breakfast on Christmas morn. We had to wait until about 10am till Grandma and Grandpa arrived to open presents, but the kids were SO GREAT.
We spent a good part of the morning watching the deer wander in the park next door.

Fresh from the groomer, our Prince.
All smiles.
"It's just what I've always wanted!"  (The only thing Corbs wanted from Santa was a Hot Wheels Track.)

A gift for my Mom.  (There is a lovely woman named Dot, with a company called the Busted Button who makes these art pieces, but it sadly wasn't in the budget this year, so we went ahead and made our own - I'm very happy with how they turned out!)
Playing with lego next to the heater.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Happy Solstice

(Oh yes, we're back-dating posts here.)

Oh my how I love to celebrate the Winter Solstice. The return of the light.

After a morning at the Last Chance Christmas Market in Creemore, I filled my car with goodies and headed home.  We started the fire early, enjoyed rabbit stew, and venison roasted over the fire. Plus good friends, many many good friends.  The children ran around in the snow until way past their bedtime...both of them actually asked me to go to bed, they were so tired.   We took a break from the fire mid evening, when someone got the idea to go Christmas Caroling. So up and down main street we went, singing our (only slightly inebriated) hearts out to those who would listen.  All of this in the midst of one of the worst ice storms in recent history in our area. (We enjoyed about half rain and half snow all night, but we were pretty saturated by the end of the evening.)

 I look forward to doing this again next year, and attaching a bit more ritual to it.  (This year we burned a piece of furniture that has been hanging around here for much too long, injuring me many times.  It is SO wonderful to let go of things and start new. )  A wonderful evening, with wonderful people, in the place that I know is truly my home.

Happy Solstice, my friends.  Enjoy the return of the light!