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We Need a Little Christmas

It's 37° F this morning on your weather report.  Steam is rising from the dryer vent and we are expected to gain forty degrees in temperature today.  I'm rather skeptical.

In other news, Christmas in May!  It might be just what we needed.  I spotted the children's tree when I was cleaning the basement in the wee hours of the morning.  Yes, it might be time to bring it up for a visit.  They were happy to see it, for certain, and we set it up in their general store.  Willow has made miles of finger crochet, as you can see, so she was happy to decorate.

Christmas in the Shop

She and Roan set gifts underneath the tree for everyone, which I think was a nice way to return to being thoughtful of one another.  Things have been difficult between them all lately and it is time they were set right again.  I feel like I've been running a sort of play therapy, but it has helped!  We made a doll hospital, too, and Roan has been making some things for them in his pharmacy, pills shaped like owls and mushrooms.

Colorful Pencils

In proper Christmas mood, there were gifts!  Really, these were my last orders from A Toy Garden, since Sonya is closing.  Oh, how sad I am to think of it.  I've been ordering from them since Willow was two.  Lamentations aside, my two final boxes came yesterday: school supplies for the coming year.

Living Crafts!

Sonya put in an issue of Living Crafts from Winter 2011.   What a sweet surprise this was!  We were both thrilled to see a pattern for a walking snowman inside, along with many other beautiful items.

His Very Own

Roan has his own stick crayons now, along with some lesson books for his first year of kindergarten.  I won't be expecting any output from him; these are intended for him to draw in as Willow and I work.  He is so proud, I think.  Yesterday, I could see him become sweeter and sweeter again.


One frivolity was this trio of angels with a little bell on the bottom.
Things in threes--that is life here.

Gifts Under the Tree

Here's the tree, ready for Christmas morning!
Today we'll start our nature school.
I think hats and mittens might be in order.


( 3 trees — Plant a Forest )
May. 24th, 2016 04:43 pm (UTC)
I love all these sweet pictures - Christmas in May! How fun. The twins will "play Christmas" out of season every once in a while, and it is so cute. They wrap up gifts in playsilks, or paper. It's funny you mention the feeling of running a play therapy session - I do that, too, sometimes. Most of their play is self-directed, but occasionally I do make suggestions and get involved for a bit - during times when they get into a pattern of bickering or "get stuck" in their behavior. Roan has a pharmacy! I love it. Good luck with your nature school! - Stacey
May. 24th, 2016 06:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, I love when they play Christmas. I think it is a fun exercise in remembering to think of others. :-)
May. 24th, 2016 06:38 pm (UTC)
Great idea! It all looks so fun and cozy. I love the little angels.
( 3 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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