this winter, the sun has come out many times. more than i thought it would. when it is sunny and i can open my windows, i really like living here and i love this house. one of my favorite things to do in winter is to open the windows for several hours a day and air out the house. it feels and smells good. i love fresh air, and love that the house smells like evergreens. the only thing missing is the ability to walk out and jump in the ocean. this is one of my biggest problems about living in a place where i don't have that access, even though less than 2 miles around me are beaches, water and a harbor. i want to jump in!
many people say, the summers here are great, there's so many things to do. that is true. seeing mount rainier, the cascades and the olympics all on a clear day. It really is gorgeous and magnificent. i have loved the summers here, and i've even loved spring, and fall and winter. i do like it here. my kids and i definitely take advantage of the weather and the outdoors. i have a bet i take these kids outside more than many NW parents, who complain about the rain and the grey as much as i (do inside). i make sure i don't project that onto my kids. kids don't really notice that and if you're talking about that all the time, they'll say that too. they enjoy and soak all of it in. and we spend on average 2-3 hours minimum outside every day regardless of the weather - and why i love amaia's waldorf is the ability to know what kids need, and part of that is the outdoors and free play several hours during the school day at any weather. It's amazing to see and hear that most kids in the pnw are playing in the school gym when it's raining. When it's raining?! That's almost every other day?! The rain is a fun thing to discover and a fun thing to play in. anyway.. nature and the outdoors is a whole other blog post. i think we would go crazy inside all the time. especially because both of them have been used to living outside practically on our lanai in swimsuits and walking across the street to kailua beach daily. so even though we have been able to go outside, explore the trails, and there's a whole lot of exploring to do, my heart misses the ocean, the warmth and the sun.
just like how many of you can't imagine a warm christmas and hold on to what you know - i was raised on the equator and the warmth, and the ocean has been part of my life since i could swim. snorkeling in the thousand islands of indonesia for 7, 8 hours a day, stopping to eat then jumping back in, snorkeling in australia on the cook islands and the great barrier reef, and swimming and surfing in all those places and hawaii. hawaii really cemented my love for the ocean, because of how i could de stress in the ocean. how i could finish work and hop in the water for a sunset surf session. how my husband would come home from work, and i would walk to the beach to de-stress from the day of raising the kids. float in that magnesium, sit in the sand and dig my fingers in. so no matter how much someone says, the summers here are great and they totally are, you can't shake that need to be in the water, playing and being around the water. that's been my whole life. it's going to take a lot of time to shake that. even in the summer. my skin is probably deficient in salt water :)
seasons are really great to watch, we have changes in the weather in hawaii and in tropical climates too, just not as drastic. this summer i will get to enjoy some early summer weather here, but i am looking forward to traveling with my girls. they are the best little travelers. i am missing a bit of color in the people too (!) it gets a bit bland in the washington suburbs, especially in gig harbor... this is a great experience - to be in the PNW, but I'm glad that this isn't our last stop. i am grateful for the experiences learned here, the rituals and customs people do around the seasons and the types of flowers and plants that come up depending on the seasons. my daughter watched the first daffodil come up at her school last week and have been making wooden spoons with their teacher for their schools upcoming auction dinner (the kids are sanding it) , it's amazing to see what the other kids in other grades are doing. i cannot love waldorf education more than this moment. i continue to learn about myself and my children through that community and the knowledge. i attended a parent meeting/lecture this week aptly called sunrise/sunset, about our rhythms and our children's rhythms and calling that innate consciousness to what we do everyday with our children and ourselves. just remembering to bring that intention with our interactions with our children day to day as they receive when their at school.
until then, i think i will check out those float tanks. i will report back on how i find it.
for the last few months, my oldest has been wearing several different types of wings, butterfly wings.. she takes them off before school, and i bring them to her when she gets out. you could say she thinks she's a fairy.
so its a jumble sort of post today. the weather is grey and my youngest daughter is napping, my husband is working all weekend, and my oldest is reading. we are all having our breathing out time, and spending that space in ways that are rejuvenating for us.