Merry Mayhem

our winter solstice included a lot of cozy hanging out, just enjoying being together playing and laughing and cuddling.

lucy and daddy did stretches together.

this is what mornings in our house usually look like. darin gets up with the baby to let me catch a little more shut eye and they entertain themselves for a couple hours.

when daddy gets her dressed she usually ends up in something a little more boyish, thus the added touch of girly headband thrown in by momma. 

b.o.o.t.d = vintage little deer sweatshirt that my brothers wore, booties that my brothers wore, red onesie from old navy, and pants, thrifted. headband from nana. it was a cozy solstice outfit and she wore it from 9 a.m to 10 pm without any wetting through, throw up or spills, hooray!

in the evening we headed over to jorden and becky's house for a warm gathering and some feasting.

veggie enchiladas, quinoa, salad, homemade salsa, spanish rice, bread, goat cheese, and garlic olive oil....believe me there were seconds on my plate...

any day now...we welcome a sweet new tiny friend...

so fun to watch our little community grow together. i love these guys all so much. it was the perfect way to spend part of the longest night of the year.

we came home and before darin and i put lucy to bed we sang her this solstice song, to the tune of silent night:
Silent night, solstice night.
Quiet rest, dim the light.
Turning ever the rolling wheel
Brings the winter to comfort and heal.
Rest your spirit in peace.
Rest your spirit in peace.

Silent night, solstice night
All is calm, all is right.
Nature slumbers in forest and glen
Filling streams as she wakens again
Sleeping spirits grow strong.
Sleeping spirits grow strong.

Silent night, solstice night.
Silver moon, shining bright
Snowfall blankets the slumbering earth,
Yule fires welcome the sun's rebirth.
Hark the light is reborn!
Hark the light is reborn!

and then today, guess who's in town?! my brother's family came across the long icy roads from utah to be with us for christmas. 
i promptly put the kids to work decorating the sugar cookies i'd baked...

they dug right in and were quite proud of their handiwork.

nana helped too.

yay!!! bella is everything you could dream of in a cousin. she is incredibly natural with babies and held and bounced and entertained lucy like a pro.

she gets that pure baby love from her mama!

orion was more interested in the cats. ferny was the only one who'd put up with him, here they are "holding hands." he was very pleased with this picture.

the kids were so excited about all those presents. i let them sort them and rearrange them; i remember that feeling so well.  they made little piles of their own and then redistributed them to keep the randomness since it's part of the fun. just two more days to wait!

and so the true merriment begins....we're surrounded with fun, love and happiness.
i could not be more in love with christmas this year. 

hope you guys are all having a blast with all your holiday festivities. 
i wish i could have sent a card to every one of you, so consider this my blessing and wish for you: peace, wild joy, love and magic this bright and beautiful winter season.


Jacqueline said…
I love the solstice song...where is it from?
Violet Folklore said…
You're up late girl!

What a sweet time. Lucy is getting so big! You're so lucky that Darin gets up early with her (I know some men who complain that since they work outside of the home- you know, the "real" work- they should get to sleep in). But that's what makes you guys awesome partners and therefore ideal parents.

So glad you're family got to come! Having an older girl in the fam is so awesome for mamas with wee babes :-)
Jessica said…
My husband usually gets our daughter dressed for the day too and it's usually the one brown outfit she owns haha! I have to add a pink sweater or pink socks to make her look more girly :)
Merry Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful and blessed holiday together!
Jenna E said…
My husband gets up with Willow while I get some extra sleep too!! What sweet men we have.

My mom and I were just creeping your pictures and she was freaked out by the resemblance in our daughters. It will be fun to see if they still look alike in a year or two.
dolly anna said…
look at that bella!

she looks so grown up!

what a cozy solstice your family enjoyed, i love those photos of daddy and lucy doing stretches.

mmm... i need to go cook something warm, that picture of dinner made me hungry!

Milla said…
Merry Magical Christmast to the Beattys and Coelhos! Especially Happy Christmas joy to Little Lucy on her very first Yuletide Oh my! I just know it's gonna be the best ever! Love you guys!
Nichole said…
Seriously, Lucy looks like the happiest baby in the whole world! And I love that Solstice version of Silent Night! I have my first ever Christmas album on my blog, and I think I'm gonna cover that version of Silent Night next year!

I hope you have the happiest of holidays!
Clover Tate said…
those daddy and baby pics are the cutest!
What a happy Winter Solstice! I love that you have so many wonderful gatherings with your friends!! Becky and Jorden's house is so awesome. I love the arched doorways. The cookie decorating was so fun, thank you for making all the cookies and getting the frosting all ready. I don't know how you do it honey! You are amazing and the center of our wonderful clan, the heart of our family. I love you so much!!
Peter said…
I think that Solstice song is beautiful... wow. Can I steal it?

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