Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Winter Solstice

On the first day of Winter (the last day of my mom's life 15 years ago) we have been celebrating the shortest day of the year with a "winter spiral". We create a spiral (used to be outside- too cold up here!) and lay our presents to each other around the spiral. Each person is to choose a song to sing while carrying a candle to the spiral center. On the return from the center, the person singing is to choose a gift to open, replace it with the candle (in a mug for safety) and exit the circle. He or she then picks out the next singer from the names in a stocking. We have really enjoyed this tradition of ours. This year, Roman and Daddy made us all laugh by skipping a Christmas song and dancing to the youtube fame song of the wedding party dancing down the aisle- that was on The Office. Sillyness prevailed this winter solstice even though it was interupped and restarted because of a friend's car trouble. Everyone laughed, sang and had a ball. Not exactly the solemn traditional winter spiral a la Steiner but we spin by our own current!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Time

Mini Gingerbread house by Trish
Jessi loves helping with dinner- snapping beans!

Gabriel had a great time making gingerbread cookies.

Old Pros!

Push ups with an extra 22 lbs!

Gino won Perfect Attendance award at the Christmas demo!

Decorating the tree

Decorating and re-decorating the tree

Snow is fun!

Patricia won the US Heritage Award at her Pillar of Light Parents Night. She was dressed as a nurse midwife when the whole group recited the Declaration of Independence from Memory. She also won the Liberty Bell award.

She read 17 Shakespeare plays and earned "Queen of Shakespeare".

My friend Elizabeth's beautiful jewelry