I have been neglectful of this space lately. Not because of lack of things to say, but simply a lack of words. I have been doing a lot of writing lately. Stories for Mariposa, newsletters, other blog posts, personal writing. So by the time I sit down in this space, I am all tapped out. I have no more words to put to page. It is a strange feeling for someone who has never had a lack of words to write down. I have decided to visit this space first, before my words run dry and see if that helps.
As for what is going on in life, well it is four weeks until Christmas and life is full. Yesterday however, Mother Nature called a timeout. We awoke to pitter patter on our metal roof, which is not a sound one hears usually in Winter in Canada. I looked out to see freezing rain covering everything with a glossy sheen. A problem, yes, but an even bigger problem when you live at the top of not one but two death defying hills. Yes, we bought the place in the summer, so no we didn’t really notice until winter hit. The first hill is a hair pin curve, the second a short and sweet, “floor it and hope you make it” type hill. Needless to say, we didn’t go out. I ventured through the forest to my neighbors to borrow a bag of milk (Canadians buy their milk in bags, yes strange, but space efficient!) and that was it.
So, we declared it a pajama day and stayed in all day. The boys played well, we did a bunch of crafts, I got a few things done. It was lovely.
There was some painting, some hot glue snowflake making, fort/boat/camper van/train building...
and some needle felting from the bigger of the small ones...
We prepared for the first week of Advent and made our wreath with some branches from outside.
The first week is crystals, shells, and bones, so we picked some of our favorite stones to add to the wreath. We also stripped the nature table and put our Angel spiral and candle out. We have a small bunch of rocks there for the first week. We will add something every week until it is filled up on Christmas day.
Our Christmas calendar also started this weekend. The boys each got a knitted cat (pattern found here) that were a quick knit and very, very cute when finished. Of course I have no picture because they have been taken and are now somewhere in the house, but when found I will post pictures! Sunday they received little mini rockets that fire using baking soda and vinegar. A huge hit and I must say, very fun. They played with them on and off all day.
Another full weekend, with a very full week ahead. Good news it that our rhythm and flow have improved so overall the days are a bit calmer. Once we get through this week, it will all slow down and we can just relax into the holidays. Lots of crafts to do and cookies to bake and gingerbread houses to build, and with a little Christmas music on, it should all go smoothly!