today we decided to have our community christmas celebration. unfortunately we were missing kaitlin and amber and their absences were definitely felt. we took our community picture at the pier with philly in the background on one side and the camden iron and metal facility (the scrap metal place) on the other. we thought the dichotomy was a nice one.
after that we ate pizza and brownies and built a fort. that's right, a fort... out of blankets and pillows and floor lamps and couches. upon reflection at one gathering, on our childhood memories, we all realized that most of us had built forts. so we decided to fortify ourselves, all 11 of us, and read winter and christmas stories. i was a little skeptical about all this but i did end up having fun. one of the books we read was "louhi, witch of north farm" which is a story from finland's epic poem, the kalevala . this is a special story to me because i grew up reading it and my family on my dad's side is from finland.
here are some pictures of our day...
lakes in finland
in our fort #1
in our fort #2
getting set up for our picture