Saturday, March 9, 2013
Home, Sweet Home
Yesterday was absolutely unreal! There was snow up in the mountains of SB and we took the girls up there for some sledding and snowman-making. Amazing, this place where we live.
Today was another magical one. Ry had the morning off and spent it in the garden with the girls. Then he made the bamboo frame for our giant backyard teepee! The girls played with their neighbor friend and then we had a tea party//picnic/circle time under the geodesic dome. I played the flute for them, and we sang Spring songs. It was windy so we read a couple of chapters of "Mother West Wind." For art, we painted and made play-doh cupcakes (Isla's idea! - we used real cupcake papers and our homemade play-doh). For cooking, we made chia-seed pudding. Then we harvested greens and veggies from the garden. The curly kale, lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower became the better part of our dinner and the swiss chard, dandelion greens, and flat kale we steamed and blended, and poured into ice-cube trays to freeze for later use in smoothies, soups, and rice dishes. Tonight's bedtime snack was fresh strawberries Ry came home with after work, story was "Nobody Rides the Unicorn," and song was "Rest Your Heads, Little Sleepy Heads." Before dinner the girls put on a special puppet show for me, using their wooden rocker as a puppet theater. (That thing is probably our #1 toy - so many uses! We purchased ours from www.bellalunatoys.com)
Tomorrow I hope to start making some alphabet cards for Isla to play with (in a couple of years...) and maybe get another lecture done for homework. Then in the afternoon I get to go to a study group on "The Kingdom of Childhood." Our homework from the last group was to do a form drawing while we tell a story. I better practice that one on the girls! Today I kept flashing on how like a homeschool our average day is over here. I just purchased Melisa's curriculum for early childhood and kindergarten (www.waldorfessentials.com) which has been so affirming. (I highly recommend it, by the way...) When I don't have to get too much work done during the day we have the most incredible time! I'm trying to figure out how to have just one job (ideally the jewelry business) and get 99% of it done when the kids are asleep. Wish me luck!