Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Happy Solstice

 This year we celebrated Solstice on Dec. 21. We had planned on being at camp for winter camp and a staff reunion (which were both cancelled) so we got to enjoy camp all to ourselves.

We started out with the traditional Grandma Weezie's World Famous Cinnamon Rolls
There has been epic snow up at camp this week. It's hard to put into words what 24" of snow looks like. I can say it looks like snowshoeing everywhere since it's much too deep to simply walk.
 Sora loved playing in the snow piles. She also liked snowshoeing (which she has hated in the past).
 We decided to leave food for the birds and animals on the porch, where it was a little protected from the snow. We thought they might find the food easier there.

 After we gave food to the birds, we gave each other presents. We have a homemade present tradition. Kyle and Sora made me hand warmers and necklaces. Sora and I made Kyle custom seahawks socks and a wallet. Kyle and I made Sora a desk (with a new chair) out of an old cabinet. She was pretty excited.

 We also gave her a science book and made her a science kit. She loves science lately, so this was a big hit. Here she is filling up a balloon with gas from a baking soda / vinegar reaction.
 And here she is trying to dissolve the candy coating off of M&Ms to get the M to float on top of the liquid. She discovered that hot water worked best. Vinegar was second best.
 Here is part of the "m" floating. Gross, huh? Apparently that part is made of wax.
 For dinner, we made vegetarian sushi.

 Delish! There was a LOT of snow play.

 It finally ended when it started getting windy and the snow from the trees was falling in "tree-valances" which were getting closer and closer to where we were standing.
Nothing like solstice cupcakes to end the day!

Holiday Countdown

Last year I had to redefine my expectations in December to enjoy life rather than feel so much pressure to do so many things. I still felt some pressure, so this year I chose to do even less. We still did a holiday countdown, but I sacrificed homemade presents for my entire family (as well as some solstice decorations) in order to be happy and carefree (although a little too carefree since I didn't finish the presents I did commit to on time).

Here are a few pictures of our December:
This year we bought a living tree. It will stay in our house for many winters to come, but for now it is tiny. Sora decorated it completely by herself.
 We enjoyed the luminaries at the arboretum again this year. It was a little wet, but still pretty and fun.

 We have had a lot of snow this month! We made snow ice cream, which Sora loved!