Friday, December 19, 2014

{This Moment} On Saint Lucia Morning

{This Moment} - A Soule Mama Friday ritual. A single  photo - no words- capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you are inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments section for all to find and see. We wish you a blessed Winter Solstice on Sunday! xo

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Treats For Friends

Yesterday was all about making treats for friends and neighbors. 
The girls spent the morning cutting out sugar cookies. Many, many sugar cookies. 
This gnome cookie cutter is my absolute favorite. 
 After quiet time it was all about cookie decorating. 
Emma decided that she wanted to decorate her gnome cookie to look just like our Tomte the Gnome.
 She did a great job!
Don't you just love his boots?!
 "Mama! Look! I made Saint Lucia!" -Emma
 Grace's reindeer. 
 While the girls were decorating cookies I got to work on the cinnamon rolls. We thought it would be fun to bring a tray of cinnamon rolls to our friends, the librarians and the staff at our amazing pediatrician's office. This recipe makes so many rolls that they are perfect for holiday treat giving!
While yesterday was all about making treats today was all about delivering them! This morning we made a batch of maple cream cheese frosting (because, really, the only thing that could make these rolls any more incredible is maple cream cheese frosting), packaged them up and headed out to bring some holiday cheer to all who'd be receiving them. A bit of elving (and visiting with friends) was the  perfect way to mark the "one week until Christmas" day that is today. xo

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Our Yearly Visit

This past Friday we journeyed to Old Sturbridge Village to attend Christmas by Candlelight. I say "journeyed" because, for some strange reason, it took us 90 minutes to get there instead of our normal 45. All I could think was "goodness, we could have driven to Connecticut in that length of time"! Once we finally arrived we made a beeline for Santa. The line was on the shorter side, and we were glad to not have too many people in front of us (although it was about a 30 minute wait before we got to visit with him). 

As I shared last year Santa is not a focal point of Christmas for us. The girls came to their belief in him all on their own (and believe they do). It's not to say that we discourage Santa, though we don't really encourage him either (more about that in the link above if you haven't read it already), however there is just something about this Santa, and it wouldn't feel like December without our visit with him. He chatted with the girls about what they were hoping for for Christmas (Legos for those wondering). He was delighted to learn that we are a homeschool family, and they chatted at great length about Saint Nicholas (and how that's really who he is) and how stockings came to be (which the girls knew, of course, having just read all sorts of Saint Nicholas stories earlier this month). Finally, it was time to go. Goodness knows the line had grown while we were up there and he had many more families to visit with. We wished him a very Merry Christmas and he wished us one back along with a "see you next year!"  Right back at ya, Santa! xo

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Light Of The Beasts

The third light of Advent is the light of the beasts.
It shines in the greatest, it shines in the least. 
-Waldorf Advent Verse

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Smiles::Cherub Choir Friends

Getting seven kids -ages three to eight- all smiling and looking at the camera at the same time is definitely a Christmas wish come true! xo

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Happy Saint Lucia Day!

 Happy Saint Lucia Day! Today we are joining the Saint Lucia Day blog procession over at Audrey Eclectic! We hope you'll head over and see all the other wonderful posts about this lovely day! Many thanks to Kim at Mothering with Mindfulness for our beautiful Lucia and Star Boy peg people! 
 We spent this past week reading about Saint Lucia and talking about how we can help and serve others. Yesterday, the girls spent the afternoon creating their Saint Lucia crowns. Once again we used the patterns found in the Little Acorn Learning December eBook that I purchased a few years ago. Perhaps next year we'll get creative and make crowns out of felt! 
Emma decided during this project that she would like to go as Saint Lucia next Halloween. 
I think we can make that happen! 
 We also baked a test batch of cinnamon rolls to serve as our Saint Lucia buns (we had a second batch in the fridge waiting to be baked this morning). It was the first time we made cinnamon rolls from scratch, and it came in the wake of making dinner rolls from scratch and having too much dough left over. I can safely say that we will no longer be purchasing refrigerated cinnamon roll dough as this recipe is that easy and that good! The deliciousness of these rolls became truly evident when Grace said to Emma: "Em, if you're not going to eat the rest of yours I'll gladly take it off your hands." The look on Emma's face in the picture above says it all: She'll  be finishing that roll, thank you very much!
 This morning the girls donned their red dala horse skirts and white shirts, tied red ribbons around their waists and completed the look with their beautiful crowns while today's rolls were baking.  
Our celebration continued in the kitchen where we took turns serving each other breakfast. Traditionally, the oldest daughter rises before everyone and prepares breakfast and serves the rest of the family. As Dave was leaving so early for work this morning, and Grace is not known to be an early riser (and since I knew Emma would want to be a part of it too) we decided that we'd take turns serving each other. It was while we were serving each other that Grace shared what we all were feeling: "I really love this, mama! Let's always do this!" I couldn't agree more!  xo