Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Into the New

Originally uploaded by monpon.

The snow is packed tight to the sidewalks and lawns, hard and crusty and spotted with patches of grass and paper-thin leaves. Not enough to play in, just enough to look like January. Christmas trees wrapped in blowing plastic lie by the side of the road, bushes are staked and covered in rough burlap, snow creatures melted and frozen bend into odd shapes. Still, the grayness is fended off by bright lights strung from windows and eaves of the houses on our block, huge spheres of light hang from trees fifteen feet tall, bright bows are tied tightly to porch railings and brown trees are wrapped in white lights.

Blocks and dolls, books and games are keeping us busy inside by the the crackle and pop of a fire. Popcorn popped in a kettle on the stove, hot chocolate with marshmallows, a mattress left in the middle of the living room for Maia to jump on. A fog machine, disco ball, flashing lights and loud music kept the little ones dancing late into New Year's eve. Now, new priorities, back to a regular routine and hopefully a bit more snow to play in and January can't be so bad!

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