It's Solstice, the longest night of the year.
The Holly King grows old and leaves, the Oak King is born.
In the morning, the sun is born again and nights will get shorter and shorter.
The sun has gone to bed and so have my children. May they sleep as long as the sun. I'm not holding my breath.
Tomorrow is the first day of winter and the girls are going to wake up to new, soft snow covering the ground. I hope my husband can get out of the driveway to go to work.
He's been home all day - a rare gift these days - so he had to deal with very attached girls.
Very attached, indeed.
This is my first year doing Solstice presents, so I need to get those wrapped up and set out. Right now I'm using my sleeping children time to finish up the Christmas present that Matt wanted to get them. I turned this:
For both surprise impact and because I'm paranoid about packing peanuts, I waited until the kids were asleep. I'm also paranoid enough about packing peanuts that there are actually four bags there - I made two muslin bags to go on the inside to hold the peanuts and used the cotton bags (the pink and blue fabric) to cover the muslin. I'm frustrated with muslin right now. Muslin is easy to sew and cut, but requires a lot of ironing. Even so, muslin is angelic compared to packing peanuts. I despise static-y peanuts that have to be stuffed handful by handful into two huge beanbags.
The kids will love those bags, though - they'd better.