Sunday, December 23, 2012
celebrating the solstice
Happy Winter Solstice! We had a lovely rainy misty day (we celebrated on the 22nd because I was freaking still working on the 21st. Gah! But I'm happily on break at last).
I love our tradition for celebrating the winter solstice (we started this last year). We go for lunch as a family at Crushcakes in Carpinteria and then go tidepooling at Carpinteria State Beach. It wasn't a super low tide but the guys were loving all the unusual and exotic shells that were washed up. I have a lot more photos of the shells that Ken took--maybe for another post. It was really fun and misty and cold. Felt like winter! I love that -- winter is hit and miss here so it is super fun and cozy when we get some cool and wet weather. Yay!
After our beach trip we drove the mountain road home and Ken stopped and a roadside stand and bought me flowers (basically made my Christmas). At home we colored and I made bread and chili for dinner. After dinner we had a little bonfire and tea and cookies in the back yard.
So fun! How did you celebrate the solstice? This is maybe my favorite part of the Christmas holidays.
We are going to see the Hobbit tonight with just the big kids (young adults, really) and the little boys are staying with my parents. Looking forward to it! Happy Winter, everyone!