In the week leading up to Christmas, the kids and I had plans, lots of plans. Plans to make gifts for neighbors and craft ornaments for the tree. Plans to bake cookies for Santa and plans to make treats for the birds. Plans to celebrate Solstice with our homeschooling community and participate in the annual spiral walk. But all those plans got set aside.
egg carton ornaments-tutorial found on the Crafty Crow
our tree on Christmas Eve all ready to go
MaKenna wearing Parker's birthday crown and admiring new snack boards
The day of the winter Solstice turned out to be a grey, rainy day. We had no bonfire, we didn't make any treats for the birds as we have done in the past. We spent the day cozied up inside, playing and doing our best to not be disappointed.
Kenna got a new apron from Santa- it matches mama's!
playing with the new castle my dad made
Then on Friday, the little kids came down with a stomach bug. Poor Parker was miserable on his birthday. He couldn't even enjoy eating some birthday cake! I think he managed to have a good day despite feeling really bad.
one of Parker's birthday gifts was Glob paint- plant based paint and it is wonderful!
enjoying new games in front of the fire
So Christmas was very low key. The day was spent in our pajamas, getting little ones tummies to feel better and enjoying each other's company. Not exactly how I imagined we would spend our day, but very wonderful none-the-less. We could have sulked and complained and spent the time dwelling on what didn't happen, but instead, we took what was given to us and made the best of it. And it turned just fine!