Have you noticed that the sun is stretching itself across the sky a little longer each day...gifting us with dinner-making in daylight? Oh, those dark days of Winter Solstice are fading as February is here!
And from those short short days, I have meant to share a few sweet December photos, before I forget...
She says she's "reading" to him, though I'm not sure what her get-up is all about. He loves it so much. These two together have been playing so sweetly and I'll often hear little Huckley sticking up for his big sister if need be. He's loyal, this one ~ be aware if you oppose him!
Fast forward to this week, and here is another doting sibling reading to Huckley. They share a love of castles and knights.
And just as much as a knight he wishes to be, he becomes this with his sister's suggestions...
Oh, he loved this costume!!! I see his imagination really beginning to expand in creative play. Suddenly I no longer have two kids and a baby at my leg, but three kids who love each other and play with each other and squabble with each other. Oh, the bickering has been a challenge lately...any advice? I remember a dear friend saying the same thing to me several years ago when Sunshine was a newborn and her two children were these ages, and I couldn't fathom that my children would ever argue so intensely. And now, I'm open to hearing suggestions about how others deal with the same issue, for I know I am not alone.
However, when cabin fever arises, we step outside, usually in the afternoon after our quiet time. We have been skating a good deal again this past month, often with the rink to ourselves and our good Friends From Across The River or other homeschoolers.
She's magically doing it now, too! Gliding, that is. I get such heart swells when I see my children achieve something they long to do ~ does that ever stop? I sure hope not. Their joy and accomplishments I feel on such a deep level as if they were my own, in a small way. I know that's a slippery slope to projecting my own desires onto them, but I don't mean that at all. I am just so happy when I see them happy. It fills me up so completely.
We also spent some time with our Friends at their home for a little magic show and gardening dreaming. Oh, and there was her lovely spinning wheel to play with, too.
Back at home, Forrest teaches his little brother the importance of a good bow. Nice and deep. They practiced for a good long while.
Sunshine has finally (!) discovered how fun her new Christmas dolly is. She was dressed and re-dressed and groomed and fed and put to bed...several times over. Part of me wonders if her lack of interest in her dolls is because normally she follows her older brother's lead in games of castles and hockey and motorcycle races. This day, her older brother was skiing with Papa and she got to be the oldest, thus the game leader.
Sunshine told me in the car, with Rosie tucked into her seat belt, "Mama, before I didn't do much with Rosie. Now today, I see that Rosie is really fun and needs me." Ahhhh, the little girl in me is jumping up and down with excitement!
My favourite photos of the week were of our sweet Cocoa Marshmallow Puff Puff. Perhaps the world's most patient...and styling...pooch!