Summer Solstice 2009

Yesterday was a a magical day. My friends whom I like to call my sisters gathered to celebrate the longest day of the year. It's a tradition among our group to come together for the solstices and equinoxes. Here are some pictures that might help you grasp the magic of the children’s laughter and sharing of friendship. We ate, danced, sang, swam naked and played volleyball. It was a true celebration!

Frog eggs

Clam Collection
The girls found these huge clams. They were so excited to see that they were alive and so big.

One of the highlights of the day was seeing the children play in the water. They played in the water for hours. As Jen pointed out there were no fights and no whining all day!!! The children just found their rhythm, played together and loved every minute of it.

Here is Grandfather Sun and Brother Wind. I made these puppets last week for the skit:
Grandfather Sun and the Dandelion. It's a spring story about the sun making friends with Golden Girl (a dandelion). It's a cute story and I am so proud of my puppets!

Jen sang somewhere over the rainbow on her new ukulele that she recently purchased in Newfoundland. Michele did some kid's yoga and Anne and Earl lead us through the Raffi song: Mr. Sun, Sun Mr. Golden sun please shine down on me.

we sang and danced to this song which has a native beat to it:
The Earth is our mother
we must care for her
ai ya na, ai ya na, ai ya na, ai ya na ho!

The sky is our father
we must care for him
ai ya na, ai ya na, ai ya na, ai ya na ho!

The rivers are our sisters
we must care for them.
ai ya na, ai ya na, ai ya na, ai ya na ho!

The trees are our brothers
we must care for them.
ai ya na, ai ya na, ai ya na, ai ya na ho!

I love that our children get to see us dance, sing and celebrate!

As a parent I want to give my children the freedom to explore and learn through tangible experiences.

Here is Kiah running and dancing!

Thank you Jay for sharing your cottage with us. It truly was magical and we were enchanted by it all. Thank you! :)


The GreenLunns said...

Sounds awesome.

I like to call you my sister too. :)

Anonymous said...

Solstice meant so much to me. Thank you for being so amazing at documenting these beautiful events. My eyes are filling with tears as I watch the slide show because I miss my family and you all. What a perfect day!

Love Ann