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.

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.

I do have a heart hole punch, so I tried that, and it was much easier.

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.

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.

Gus’s Turn

It was Gus’s turn to grab the Advent card. He had no clue which to take, so Lena had to help.


This is his cheese face. SO happy to have his turn. I let him hang onto the envelope after I removed the paper inside and he stared at it with great fascination.
Their pictures tonight were a bit more… imaginative. Experimental? Something like that.

Reed started by drawing Moses with a staff, but he didn’t like that. So, he changed it to God holding a dead snake. Points for unintended symbolism.  Lena liked the reptilian vibe, so she drew a boy with a turtle. Admittedly having nothing to do with the scripture we just read. Um, that’s cool, too?

I should have also taken a picture of Gus with his picture, which is definitely more… open to interpretation. I’m just impressed that he actually sat down with us for awhile and played with markers.

December First

I originally wanted to learn photography to document my kids’ childhood better, but now that I have a bit of knowledge, I’ve found that I really love landscape photography. I still have much to learn, but I try to get out with my camera as often as I can.

Today was our last day visiting Aaron’s family, at their farm. When we woke up this morning, the fog was intense. So, the first opportunity I got, I headed out with my camera.




When I came back in, breakfast was done and Reed and Lena were playing the card game “war” with Aaron. Gus was clearly in a mood.


We came back home early in the day. The first of December is also the first day that we are using our Advent Calendar, of course. Today’s card was the one that I showed in the blog post– write cards for military service members. A friend shared this link from the Red Cross.