Monthly Archives: December 2012

Winter Solstice Celebration

December 21st was the shortest day of the year! We celebrated to welcome the slow return of the light over the coming months.  We turned off all of the lights in the house at about 4:30pm and lit a few candles so we could observe the darkness coming to meet us.  We made a big pot of soup and enjoyed it by candles light. After dinner, we lit the fire outside and set up all of the lanterns that we made.  Jeremy set up a cozy area to sit around the fire and we roasted marshmallows into the night.  At one point Dashiell said, “This is the best night ever!’ So I’d say it was a success;)

This was our set up before it got dark.
Dashiell would get his stick hot in the fire then “draw” with it up in the air!
These lanterns are made of ice! You just freeze a balloon for of water.
The chickens were ready to party too.
Esme tried her hand at roasting a marshmallow.
Papa roasting the first marshmallow of the night.
This is the lantern that Dashiell made.
More marshmallows.
Ice lanterns after they melted a bit.
Our fire!
More ice lanterns
Dashiell roasting.
Enjoying the darkness and the cold with our lights and warm fire.
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Guide to candy

My mom was asking what candy she could get as stocking stufferes so I put together a list of gluten free candy– just seemed like a good reference to have.

http://www.celiac.com/articles/23087/1/Gluten-free-and-Gluten-safe-Candy-List-for-Halloween-2012/Page1.html#.UM_NBZPjnDM

3 Musketeers
Baby Ruth
Butterfinger
Cadbury Adams Swedish Fish
Cadbury Adams Sour Patch Kids and Sour Patch
Hershey’s Kisses
Heath
Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars
Jelly Belly beans
Jolly Rancher hard candy and Doubles Candy
Jolly Rancher Hard Candy Stix, Lollipops and Fruit Chews
Jr. Mints fun size
Lifesavers
LifeSavers Gummies 
M&M’s – original, peanut, peanut butter 
Mars M&M’s – except pretzel M&M’s
Mars Snickers, Snickers Dark
Milk Duds
Mike and Ike
Mounds
Mr. Goodbar
Raisinets
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups snack size and miniatures
Reese’s Pieces
Skittles includes Original, Sour, Wild Berry, Fizzl’d Fruits, and Crazy Core
Swedish Fish
Tootsie Pops
York Peppermint Patties

Playing Hookie

We were supposed to go to play-school on Monday, but we decided to play hookie and go the the Academy of Natural Science. We took the train downtown and made our way to the museum.  We didn’t stay too long (a perk of having a membership is you can go anytime.) We decided to go see Papa at work for lunch.  Dashiell is amazing.  He walked from 19th and the Parkway all the way to Broad and Walnut.  There were a few complaints of tired feet on the way– but over all, he was a trooper.

We had a great time at Papa’s office “working.” Dashiell got to help a colleague work the copy machine, which was great fun.

We took the train home and didn’t get to bed till after 3pm (oops!) I only snapped 2 shots the whole day but they are pretty good.

Dashiell’s Birthday

Dashiell, the strong man, decided to wear his “birthday clothes” on his birthday and do some body-building moves.  A guy needs to show off his muscles.
We finished the day with singing, candles and cake. The next morning Dashiell said the coolest thing: “Am I four now? I don’t feel the fourness!”  What a crazy kid!