December 2010

Happy December!

I hope you all had a thank-full Thanksgiving.  Before leaving for our family trip we had an afternoon of tidepooling.  The tides always remind me of the highs and lows of this season, the bustle of big family gatherings and the quiet of gifts before they are given, to name a few.  The high and low tides of our days at school have brought growth too.  These first few months of the school year the children are new to each other (even if they may be old friends) and they are learning how to be in a group and how to be an individual, important lessons!  They are coming along wonderfully and I’m seeing so much care for one another and a readiness to take up the tasks at hand.  It is quite beautiful to watch these little people grow.

As with the changing tides we have two families that will not be continuing with us.  Paul, Kyla and Odin will be enjoying their new baby Trilby and Emmett, Tina and Steve’s son, will be returning to the preschool he attended last year.  We wish them the best.

This month there are three Wishing Well events:

Parent Evening

Next Tuesday evening 12/7 from 7:30-9pm we will be having another parent evening at our home.  We will be discussing how this season provides an opportunity to bring the mood of reverence into our homes (so it’s not just about presents, even though they are so much fun!).  We will also be starting to make the lanterns that we will use for our lantern walk.

Craft Day

We had a felting day where we made “guardian dolls.”  These are dolls that you could give to your child in a time of transition or just when they need a little extra watching over.  The mamas worked diligently and we had a fun afternoon with lunch too.  Hope you can make the next craft day at Teleri and Shawn’s house in Cambria, Dec. 12 from 11a.m.-2p.m.

Solstice Lantern Walk

Our 3rd annual Solstice Lantern Walk will be 12/16 Thursday evening at 5pm. This festival carries a quiet tone.  During this time of year there is a soul mood and gesture of turning inward.  We see it in nature and ourselves.  With the days growing shorter and colder we are afforded more inside family time and maybe a moment for some introspection too. With beautiful live music and the children all holding their lanterns as they walk silently into the backyard, we are reminded of our own inner light, the light of our children and the return of light to our world.  Please join us for an evening of quiet on Dec. 16th from 5:00 – 6ish. Like last year we will not do food so please make sure your little one has had either an early dinner or hearty snack beforehand.  Thanks!

Hope you are finding sweet ways to enjoy the tides, the busy and quiet moments of this month with your children.

Merry days to you!