Yesterday was Winter Solstice and a near perfect day for us. This is my favourite holiday to celebrate. It was so nice to spend the day together- intentionally and with love.
Counting down to Solstice is always fun but this year Lily and Leif used the calendar on their own, not needing my help. Every day Lily patiently gave Leif the space to figure out what day it was and find the corresponding pocket. Lily would then hang each piece on the calendar. Because Solstice was taking place on the 22nd this year, as it does once in a while, Lily and I made a garland of snow for the last day that hung across the top of the calendar. We didn’t get snow this year on Solstice but we could at least imagine our winter scene with it. (click to see more detail)
(just because the days are getting longer now doesn’t mean we’re seeing the sun. I wish I had better light for picture taking but alas…)
We’d received a package from Erin, Scott, Matthew and Brendan the night before. We dedicated a good five minutes to simply holding the package and making guesses about what was in it. It was a bit pouffy and not too heavy. Lily thought maybe sheep’s wool or a pillow. Leif was sure there were skis inside because the Canada Post package had a picture of someone skiing on one side. I should have filmed the unwrapping of the package! Lily could not believe that Matthew would take the time to create such a precious felt horse for her- with a removable blanket/saddle no less. She’s been swooning ever since and it hasn’t left her side. Leif insisted that we play the Go Fish game as soon as possible that he unwrapped. This is the one card game he has the patience to play and the beautiful deck is pictured with BC wildlife like mountain caribou, wolverine and cougar. Absolutely perfect for us. The kids were enthralled when I read aloud Brendan’s funny story. The pop up card that Matthew made inspired a variety of pop up cards to be made the next day.
We packed up and ate our lunch around a bonfire at Oliver Lake. Do you remember last year when everything was covered in snow and we could skate on the lake? This year was a bit more…. mucky. My expectations for a “good” day are way low so I was really happy with the weather. It was only spitting intermittently and we had a lot of dry firewood. The dogs ran around, we ate smores, did experiments with burning sticks on the thin sheet of ice on the water’s edge. Leif road is bike and we just generally hung out and enjoyed being with each other.
A package had arrived earlier this day from our Squamish friends and I brought it along with the small packages I’d wrapped for my family. We’ve never done gifts before but Lily had expressed an interest in unwrapping something on this holiday. I read our friend’s card aloud and unwrapped a beautiful pot holder and set of bees wax candles! What a treat! Lily and Leif each got a small stack of books and Cam was surprised with a Kostan Lagrace halibut hoodie. Kostan is a local artist that features his work on clothing and in print of all kinds.
Later that evening Cam and I made Squash and Bean Sauté while Lily got our apple memory chain started. We all sat around talking about our memories from the last year. Some were exciting positive memories and others were scary or upsetting. Here are just some of our memories:
- Lily got her tonsils OUT!
- We went to visit Erin, Scott, Matthew and Brendan at their home
- Wave Bomber joined our family and using him on BC River’s Day with Taisa, Ari and Dori
- Leif learned to ride his bike
- We walked in a rally to say NO to enbridge gateway pipeline
- We worked hard to help elect Jen Rice to city council
- We enjoyed the Kispiox Music Festival
- Oona River adventures!
- Painting many buildings around town with vibrant colours
- Cam BADLY burns his foot
- Getting woken up in the early morning to go look at the Super Moon
We made wishes for the coming year while making Wish Bread. This is always a highlight of the day and we were lighted by beeswax candles that Erin and family sent. All in all it was another wonderful no stress winter holiday!
Happy Solstice Everyone!