Christmas Day 2016

Today was a great day and my heart is full.  The kids woke up this morning to find that Santa made all of their dreams come true. They got their sleds and their “flying” broomsticks, Chloe got her camera and Jeffrey got his sketch paper and pencils for drawing.  They played with their new things for a short time while I made us bacon, eggs and potatoes for breakfast.

Then we headed off to church for Christmas Day service and the kids’ Christmas pageant, which was Wizard of Oz themed.  The kids got to stay in their jammies for that one, which was really convenient. 🙂

Then we went to my parents’ house in Oceanside where the kids opened gifts and we all ate tamales—one of my favorite Christmas Day traditions!

When we got home the kids played, I read from my new book and then Keith and Jeffrey played a game of Harry Potter Wizard Chess.  (Thank you, grandma and grandpa!  Jeffrey has been eyeballing that at Barnes & Noble for such a long, long time!)

I hope all of you are enjoying a wonderful day with your families.  So much love to all of you.  Merry Christmas!

 

Jeffrey playing me Christmas music before we left for church

We spent this evening at Seaside Center for Spiritual Living’s annual candelight service.  Jeffrey bean had the honor of playing the little drummer this year. My sweet, sweet boy.  I love him SO much! You can catch the video below.

This night was so beautiful for so many reasons and I am so grateful we were able to make it this year.  It gave me all the feels.  I cried so much (happy tears) and my heart is overflowing with love and gratitude for our spiritual community.  Such a wonderful evening. Time to sleep and process it all.

Goodnight, world.

 

Gingerbread House Making 2016

Tonight we had our friends Maddy and Liam over for gingerbread house making.  We were able to grab some kits on clearance at Michaels and we also picked up some Wilton’s cake decorations and extra candies.  So much fun!

I baked my famous gluten free, vegan chocolate chip cookies, we drank hot cocoa and fun was had by all.

Now, off to dreamland because Jeffrey bean is performing in our school’s winter assembly in the morning, and then it will officially be winter break for nearly 3 weeks!  So excited!  Goodnight friends. 🙂

Santa Lucia Day 2016

Today was Santa Lucia day.  Yesterday I volunteered in Jeffrey bean’s class to help the second graders make Santa Lucia saffron buns, and I got to be with them this morning as they walked allover the school singing a sweet song and handing out their saffron buns.

It is our school’s tradition that the eldest girl in the second grade class gets to play the role of Santa Lucia.  Our Santa Lucia was very brave as she walked from classroom to classroom, with a crown of boughs and candlelight atop her head, and Jeffrey bean followed closely (and cautiously) behind her.

This was the song they sang.  I may have cried a little.  They looked and sounded so angelic with their sweet little faces and white clothes. I was able to capture the very first class they visited on video, which you can see below.

My heart!  This day was so beautiful and wonderful and I will always remember it.

The saffron buns. Photo cred: Alex Rymal

Winter Spiral at our Waldorf school 2016

Winter Spiral Photo cred: Embry Rucker

As the days grow shorter and darkness engulfs us, it is time to turn inward and create a little light of our own.  The kids’ Waldorf school has its Advent Spiral today, during which each child carries an apple candle through a winding maze of boughs towards the center where the light is.

They light their own small candles and carry their light forth on their return trip around the spiral, and then they set them down along the path.  While the children travel through the spiral, a harpist plays a soft, angelic tune.  When it is over, everyone exits the room singing Silent Night, softly.

I really love this festival and it’s among my favorite Waldorf traditions.  It really sets the mood for a different sort of holiday season filled with more stillness, reverence, contemplation and beauty, a stark contrast to the usual hustle bustle that we’re all accustomed to this time of year.  I always get emotional watching this, and I walk the spiral myself whenever I get the chance.  There’s just something so special about it.  I know I say this a lot, but I am so grateful my kids get to experience this each December.

Saint Nicholas Day 2016

Every year Saint Nicholas pays our little Waldorf school a visit and stops at each classroom.  He reads from his magical book and leaves the children with gifts of nuts and apples or clementines.

This was Chloe’s first time experiencing St. Nicholas, and it’s something she’s been waiting for since she turned 3 years old. The children were asked to open their gifts after school, so we went to the office while we waited for Jeffrey to get out and I let her open her little gift there.  Her reaction was priceless and I am so thrilled I got it on video.

She is such a sweet little girl, and she is filled with so much love and gratitude.  I wish I could bottle it up.

Jeffrey’s second grade class was also visited.  Saint Nicholas usually addresses each child individually and reads each of them a special poem, but this year—due to a very tight schedule—our teacher said he addressed each child by temperament.  Jeffrey is phlegmatic and this was the poem that was read to him and his phlegmatic classmates:

Dear Golden Retrievers, (Phlegmatic):

Peaceful happy puppy, on soft velvet paws,

Plays with everybody, nips with gentle jaws.

Doesn’t need to be the center of attention,

Happy to receive an occasional mention

Staying out of trouble, wanting to keep peace,

Like a sweet little lamb, wrapped in golden fleece.

Who wouldn’t want to be in your company?

Kind pup, so cuddly, never uppity.

Though sometimes suddenly hungrily grumpy,

Funnily clumsy, or a little sulky.

You are loved by all and all feel loved by you,

For you’re a golden-hearted pup, through and through.

Yup, that’s my Jeffrey bean alright.  I am so grateful that they are able to have such a rich festival life at their school, and that they are still very much in that magical realm.  I am going to enjoy this as long as we can.

Today I organized craft room, squeee!

Today I tidied up my craft room aka my woman cave aka our garage.  Squeeee!  I am so excited you guys.  This was a long, long, LONG time coming.  Now I can sew in a pretty space.  🙂  Let’s see how long I can keep it like this, ha!  Neatness does not come naturally to me, unfortunately.  That is all.  Have a fun day, friends!

Hello there

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Oh, hello there!  I’m so glad you’re here.  I’m Crystal Silvas, and creating this blog has been on my mind for a very long time.  I am so excited that I can finally check this off of my ever growing to-do list.

Now that we’re here together, allow me to introduce myself.  I’m the mama behind this blog.  I wanted to have a place to share some of my crafts, recipes, projects and thoughts with the world. I also wanted a place where I could document our everyday life in San Diego, Ca for our friends and family who are spread out across the North American continent.  And I thought this would be a fun way to connect with other families around the globe.

Our family has been on a wellness journey since around 2012, so I’ll probably write a lot about that.  Organic food, whole 30 recipes, DIY projects with essential oils, that kind of stuff.  Bear in mind, we’re not perfect, but we do our best. 🙂

I’m also big on sewing and crafting with and for the kids, so I’m excited to share some of our projects here, and maybe even some tutorials.

And sometimes I just need an outlet to work through some of my thoughts, or to share the random, funny things that my kids say.  This blog is going to be allover the place, so bear with me.

Now, I can’t promise that I will blog every day, or even most days, but I will do my best to stay at least a little bit consistent.  😉  After all, I am a busy mama who wears a lot of different hats.  The Mr and I both run our own businesses and we have a kindergartner and a second grader, so life can get a little crazy at times, especially now that we are heading into the holiday season.

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The kidlets after getting their haircuts yesterday 🙂

Are you still with me?  Yes?  Awesome!  Thanks so much for tagging along with us.  I hope you enjoy the ride as much as we do.  Until next time…

love-crystal