The Sun Turned Off

Reed: “Mama, when the thermometer is low like this, what is it like outside? Cold? Hot? Sunny?”
Me: “Since you drew it, can you tell me what you think it means?”
Reed: “It means it’s cold. The sun turned off.”

It feels like the sun turned off. Normally, I’d lament that it’s not even winter yet, but I learned today that there is both astronomical winter and meteorological winter. So, even though it’s not astronomical winter yet, I can rest assured that meteorologically, it is winter. Something like that. Have I lost you yet?

I did convince my kids to play outside for a little bit today.
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They didn’t last long, especially since they didn’t want to bundle up.

My friend Rosemary shared some images on Facebook where she created a custom bokeh (blurry background). I had seen this before, but I never bothered to try it until I saw Rosemary’s, which were really cool. Here’s the tutorial. 

I had seen hearts, which is what Rosemary did, but I wanted to try a star. Specifically a Moravian star, which is what I always associate with Christmas.

Complete fail. They look like creepy little hands reaching out of the darkness.
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I do have a heart hole punch, so I tried that, and it was much easier.
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I decided to try the star again, and I had a bit more success this time. Some look like stars, some look like dragon flies. That’s cool.
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Of course, we did our Advent calendar again tonight, and the kids drew pictures again. But, I didn’t photograph them. However, here’s one of Reed opening the envelope.
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