Wednesday, January 20, 2010

By The King!

Did you see it?

The sun was out and about today. It was dazzling and warm and perfect. Just what I needed.

I figured out what is causing my funk. I am in desperate need of the great outdoors. We have plastic up on our windows to help keep the heat in. It works wonderfully, but it also filters the light, and it makes it so I can't see outside without opening the front door. But that gets cold, so I don't do that often.

Today while Faye was sleeping, Keith and I went outside. I shoveled the walk while Keith made and ate snowman balls as he calls them. We had a lot of fun playing and then, the sun came out! And it was glorious to behold! It penetrated through the arctic wind to warm my chapped cheeks. It melted the snow round me, creating beautiful crystals. Oh how I loved it!

That bit of warm sunlight did wonders for my soul. I have not gotten grouchy once today!

And then we went inside for tea. Sometimes we have tea, sometimes we have hot cocoa, but since we are using my tea set, we just call it tea.

And how cool is it that my boys tea party with me? I know I have said this before, but really, having tea is becoming a sort of daily ritual that both of my boys encourage. Today we had hot cocoa and crescent rolls with raspberry jam. They like the food, and I adore the dishes so we are all happy. One day I will get a complete set with tiny plates and saucers and then, it will be even better!

When Faye was born, we had some sparkling apple cider in my fancy schmancy goblets. We raised our glasses, and said "Cheers" as we clinked each other's glass. Ever since that day, Keith loves to clink glasses. Any time he has a cup including his sippy and oftentimes while using a utensil, he will raise it up and say

"By the king!"

What? By the king? What king? Where did he learn that? You may be asking. Well, we don't know. Those are questions we ask him, but he still does it while grinning from ear to ear. And we go along with it. Now when we have a special occasion with some sparkling juice, we always raise our glasses and say "By the King!" We probably will forever more, now. For some reason "Cheers!" has lost all its former meaning.





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15 comments:

Kori said...

I love the tea party thing. Tea is a nightly ritual (like you, it can be cocoa or tea or hot cider, whatever) at our house, or near nightly, and even as teens my older two love it. So glad the sun came out; we all tend to underestimate our need for the bright sunlight, don't we?

mub said...

Amy have you looked into getting a lightbox? Or even daylight replacement bulbs? Obviously the sun is the best way, but I swear my light box has saved my life through the long grey winters here. It really does help keep our mood up.

tinahead81 said...

its amazing what a little sunshine can do!!

i love that you have a new tradition! i can't wait until my kids start to talk!!

Just ME the MOM said...

"By the King" to you also :) Aren't you loving the sun that has come out the last couple days! Getting tired of the Utah Muck!

Kristin

Familia Morales said...

Oh I love it! Your little man is so adorable! I understand with the plastic, we put ours up in the winter and I just about have a party when we take it down. I'm so glad you got sunshine back in your soul. It's amazing what a little bit of sun can do for you.

Capt'n Amazing's wife said...

heh heh heh...by the king...that's funny. I'd guess he got it off some show or something...but who knows!? I think its fun to have those kind of rituals that kids can look forward to all the time while they are growing up. I feel like I never go outside either! We had a cold spell for about a week or two and now I'm afraid that it will be really cold if I go outside. But yesterday I went out and it was quite nice. Today is cloudy though so maybe more rain. We need it here.

Sue said...

I like "By the King"! It beats the heck outa "Cheers."

=)

PS. Glad you saw the sun today...

Emmy said...

That is awesome!! Yeah, so glad you had a good day today. And I love your new "By the King", it will be something that is always special for your family.

Noodle said...

I love sparkling cider, it makes everything seam more speical.... Sammy has some sayings that we still can't fugiure out where she got them... But they are so cute and just become part of new vocab...

Gina said...

I am totally jealous of your sunshine. It's been gray and disgusting here for days and from the looks of the forecast, will be forevermore. Or at least for the next ten days.

3LittleMonkeys said...

Ahhhh...sunshine is a wonderful thing! That is why I love living in Calgary...we got lots of sun. Even though it can get cold, the sun really helps my moods!
That is too cute about the King!

Gail said...

Very cool Amy! You sound happy and cheery - To the King!

Chantel said...

The bird's back!!!

Em said...

so cute. it's amazing what a little sunshine can do for you too. i have LOVED being able to get out again and get some of those sunshine vitamins.

lorie said...

by the king... sounds like something from the chronicals of narnia...could that be it?