Wednesday, December 23, 2009

"just keeping it real" winter solstice

We celebrated the winter solstice tonight--a couple days late. This is a "just keeping it real" post because in truth I've been completely uninspired to bake cookies, make meals, or do anything but spend time with my family--that is what I really want to do this holiday. So the solstice tea was a bit different this year. The food here was not homemade by me. We had cookies that were sent to us by my brothers nice girlfriend, a pie our neighbor brought over last night (not a homebaked pie either--it's from Costco!) and some bakery goods we picked up on our lovely mini-vacation to Santa Barbara (more on that in another post). Even though I was uninspired to do my own baking, I felt the tea must go on, and I'm so glad it did. It was maybe even better, with the mommy not stressing out and all.
{our tree}
{the five children all together}
{Rainer has been sick with a cold and his facial rashes are acting up again--but he is so darn cute nonetheless!}
{our solstice bonfire}
Even though feeling uninspired and like our tea was not "blogworthy," I found this little scene in the kitchen that I wanted to capture. While we were enjoying the backyard fire, there was soup warming on the stove and fresh bread baking in the oven. The table was set and ready. I can appreciate these small things, and for that I am grateful.
{soup and bread}
{Faith with Dieter}

The best part was just sitting leisurely at the table and enjoying the family. Isn't that what the holidays are all about anyway?


BellaBree said...

Well my 2 cents say...whatever works for Mama is whats best for all....the gorgeous smoochy cruisy feeling is worth the effort of 'not cooking' sometimes, chillin and enjoying. Happy Christmas MaryBeth, its been a pleasure 'hangin out' with you in blogland from time to time. Blessings xx

Sarah said...

It looks like a lovely evening--there is nothing better than just hanging out with family! Have a lovely Christmas!

Daniela said...

Merry christmas!! :-)
ps your christmas decorations are just gorgeous!!

Tammie said...

i agree 100%

i havent been doing much baking lately either. i think i may have gotten burned out around thanksgiving. even our "big" dinner tomorrow is going to be fairly small---not even a dessert!--i just wasnt feeling it. :)

Fiona said...

Such a lovely, down to earth post. Thank you for the reminder :)
Merry Christmas,
Fiona xxx.

Cole said...

what a lovely, perfect post! thank you :)

Sara said...

It looks and sounds perfect to me. Happy Holidays, and enjoy!

Amy said...

I have to admit I've missed you reading your posts the last few days. I'm am so glad to hear you are enjoying time with your family. I have also made a better attempt this year to not get caught up in the craziness and stress of the holidays. Thank you for giving me inspiration, a short escape and recommendations (recipes, books, etc.)
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

Laura said...

The family all together plus soup and home made bread~ you are RICH!!!

Wishing you a JOYFUL and BLESSED Christmas!

I love your kitchen by the way :)

pilgrimama said...

Yay for you and thanks for keeping it real. It provides some needed balance in blogland!