I’m staying up late and listening to my old dog snore at my feet to get posting about the day. It was great right from the start. Lily and Leif added the last piece to our countdown calendar and found a clue in the pocket along with the sun. This clue lead the kids around the house looking in books, behind pictures and climbing high to find the next clues. The treasure hunt ended with separate clues to find a gift of Schleich toys. A Moose daddy and baby for Leif and a Grizzly mama and baby for Lily.

Day 21- Happy Solstice!

We don’t normally do gifts at this time of year but Lily had been expressing a strong interest for presents to open and I tried to find a way to make it work for everyone, including me and my not wanting to have a commercialised type of holiday. Two days before Solstice, I set up a different treasure hunt leading to a gift for the kids to share, a portable soft glow night light and two days before that was another treasure hunt leading to a family gift, the boardgame Qwarkle.

While eating breakfast we talked about all the things we were wanting to remember about the last year. We wrote them out on post it notes and stuck them to the wall next to Leify’s cockatiel pictures.

Remembering the last year

Some of our memories included:

Preparing for a daal supper

It was a fantastic blue sky day today! After a few weeks of gloomy weather, it was well received. We went out to Oliver Lake again this year for a bonfire lunch with turkey hot dogs and smores with home made marshmallows. (Last year) It was a lot colder out than I’d expected but really appreciated the fresh chilled air. The lake was frozen over but not enough to chance walking on.

Solstice Fire Getting toasty


Smore Mouth! NOM

When we came home I was eager to warm up with some tea but the kids chose to stay out and play on the sled slide we made earlier in the week. It’s way cool, especially since it’s had a chance to firm up and get more slippery with use. It has an elevated start and goes straight downhill towards the street but turns sharply with a tall bank and heads down towards the cul de sac. This slide has been popular with all the kids in the neighbourhood.

Making wishes

While I finished making Daal for supper, the kids and Cam made the dough for Wish Bread which we put together after supper. This is my favourite part of this holiday. I love when we sit together talking about all our hopes and wishes for the coming year. Very soon I’ll have some big news to share about about my own hopes for the coming year. ;)

Wish Bread

Wish Bread

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7 Responses to Happy Solstice!

  1. Dawn Suzette says:

    Sounds like a wonderful Solstice Annie! Thanks for sharing. Your words and images captured it beautifully.

  2. Kim says:

    Sounds like a lovely day. Happy Solstice to you, Annie. :)

  3. Annie says:

    Happy Solstice to you both, Dawn and Kim! xx

  4. Jody says:

    Wow! What an awesome way to spend the day! TYFS!

  5. Annie says:

    Thank you, Jody! xx

  6. mel says:

    hello! I love your writing so much! happy solstice!!

  7. Annie says:

    Thank you and Happy Solstice, Mel!

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