Is it wrong to retrieve your son's letter to Santa from the mailbox for future keeping?
R, on Anna's gingerbread house boxes: "I bet no company in this country would ever design that nice of a box. That just looks like something from Sweden."
Isn't it supposed to be good luck to find a bird's nest or a spider's web in your christmas tree? Just in case, we've been letting this little spider go to town in ours. The web makes the lights that are nearby it appear particularly twinkly!
Doesn't every gingerbread house need a flanking of Go-Gos?
That is, unless it has Playmobil knights on guard. Check out this *tragic* scene, too!
After trying on e's elf shoes (pre-felting) I am now convinced that we ALL need a pair of these before next year. R's are done and ready for felting tonight at my sister-in-law's (we don't have hot water in our laundry room), C's are in the works, and i'm still hemming & hawing over what colors to make my own pair.
OOPS! I thought I'd linked to the pattern but apparently it didn't take so here it is, and it's free from Pam of Flintknits.
As for the pickle, it's some tradition, German, I think. Apparently you leave a pickle ornament for Santa to hide somewhere on the tree and the first one to spot it Christmas morning either gets to open the first present. We don't have an actual ornament but there has been much discussion of late as to what we might make one out of: paper, yarn, wood, cardboard, felted wool, etc, even a real pickle left out to dry by the wood stove. Knitpicks has a free pattern for a knitted one here. Other knitted pattern are here and here. There is a crochet pattern for one here. Personally, though, I think the glass ones are nicest.
Until now we've waited to decorate for Christmas until after his birthday.
This year he asked if we could have the tree up for before his party. He wanted a "christmas" birthday party with a "green tree" this year and a cake with "a little house and a christmas tree and snow and blue sky and sunshine".
The weather cooperated with the blue skies and sunshine, but that same weather this time of year often means bitter cold temperatures. That morning started off at 15 below zero, warming up very little by the time the party started after school, which meant there was no reason to bother finding room in the freezer for the ice cream.
14 wild kids and nearly as many adults packed into our own little house keeping it warm enough to let the fire go out in the woodstove for a little while. Read: total chaos & lots of fun.
By the following morning, yesterday, it was 22 below meaning one truck wouldn't even start, the chickens weren't allowed out of the coop at all and we're hauling hot water from the top of the woodstove out to them.
And holiday bazaars & a homebrew party & a birthday party & a bonfire & a Christmas parade & town tree lighting & seeing Santa & a movie at the theater (Max) & decorating & sewing & more wreath making & dinners with friends & baking & cleaning & snow & COLD & A cold & working both days & preparations for another birthday, & life in general.
That was just this weekend alone.
(details on individual pics over on flickr. soon.)
and it's really started to hit me, the full impact of it.
To know that they like school for the most part, and that they're doing great academically,
is a relief, of course for any parent, but maybe especially so, or rather in a different sort of way, for a homeschooling parent, but
I miss them,
and time like this, together,
and creative play and learning out in the world like this.
Sure, the break has been good for me, for all of us, and was a necessity.
The small, local, public school they attend is wonderful, with only 70 or so students between grades K-8, mixed grade classes with only 14 and 17 students each, and the teachers are great.
But, issues and questions are creeping in, more than I can or care to get into here.
Some of those issues present themselves in these pictures. At least, I can see them.
Sure, I have questioned constantly while homeschooling, too, and those questions were similar sometimes to the ones I have now, and at other times were opposite sides of the same coin, although I'm starting see that I needn't have worried so much.