We have celebrated the darkness. And celebrated and celebrated and celebrated . . .Solstice, Christmas, and now Chanukah too have come and gone. The gifts. . . elbow-high gloves, balaclavas, long underwear, sleds, an ice block maker for igloos and castles, a handcrafted balance beam, an indoor swing/trapeze bar, hula hoops, and of course new Elsa Beskow books and a few super toys . . notice a theme here? A long winter, indoors and out. (And my honey got a high-tech lighting system for his bike...still commuting on it!) It's been a quiet and celebratory time for our family, far from our extended family and so many we love, yet sweet and cozy and full of latkes amid the snow and ice.
Yesterday we loved the high-20s sunny weather and went on a sledding expedition hike. It's fun to find new ways to recreate . . heading off on a hike with sleds, looking for opportune hills. We've got a little daredevil on our hands. . .already kneeboarding. . . shades of his Uncle Jimbo.
And now we gear up for our next celebration. Raindrop's 4th birthday--he's asking to be called Ikey now actually, after his great-grandpa who he was named after. This banner will become our family's celebration bunting (maybe next it will be used for Miel's weaning party??). If you know me and my fear of the sewing machine, you know that completing this (in one evening!) is my Chanukah miracle. I have so much gratitude to Angie, who showed me how to do a triangle after I filled her belly with latkes; Julie, who gifted me the awesome sewing machine; Rachel for her crafty inspiration; and Amanda for her project-filled book and blog.
It'll be a little quiet around this blog for the next few days as we go to Wisconsin to visit with our dear friends from Blue Lake, but we'll see you in 2009!