Thursday, October 30, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Here are some of my favorites.
Craft stick shape book - I placed a bunch of different size sticks and glue in front of her and she decorated it how she wanted. Then we talked about what she did and she told me they were shapes, so we labeled them.
Pocahontas head band - I asked her to paint things that Pocahontas likes and the results were birds, water and a racoon.
Bird feeder - This was an activity we did in playgroup and M and A LOVED it.
Scarecrow - This was more crafty, but we talked about hay and what it's for, what pretend means, and the parts of the body. Doesn't A look thrilled??? After all the "itchies" and Momma's sneezing fit, they were done with the scarecrow.
So we've one more week to go. I know we're going to paint pumpkins and make monster pet rocks, but I want to go out with a bang, so does anyone have any great ideas??
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
The kids love climbing up on the stools and looking at all their treasures. We also keep our
library books that M tries to eat special seasonal books on our nature bar too. Do you see Allie's spiders from craft time?
Thursday, October 16, 2008
My grandma Olga made blankets. She made one for every one of her 13 children and
So I'm learning to knit. Good grief, I have no clue what I'm doing. I found a tutorial on youtube (gotta love youtube) and I learned how to cast on and do ONE stitch. Pearl??
I'm going with a friend today to buy some yarn (I think? WOW I'm so clueless) and I think I'm just going to buy whatever she buys. Damn, I should have picked up a book and had a plan before today. Wish me luck!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Medical stuff - I found an old fashioned pharmacy near buy that I'll check out very soon. I also have to see if they accept our insurance.
Clothes - Will all be from the second hand store. We do have lots of boutiques around here but we don't have the money.
Gifts and toys - I'm sure we'll have at least one birthday and I'm going to try to make most of our gifts, but there is a local toy store that we can support.
Crafting supplies - I'm on the lookout for a small business material and craft store. If all else fails, I'll order my supplies online from a small business.
Toiletries - I'm at a loss here. I can make most of my cleaners and I'm hoping this pharmacy will have toothpaste and stuff, but what about toilet paper??? Who's going to replace Target????
Food - This has been a toughie. We can hit the farmer's market for fruits, veggies, eggs, cheese and even flour and spices. We won't do organic, because what they have is just too limited, so we're doing local instead. Milk is still a big concern. Also any prepackaged stuff is almost non- existent. The market does have a few homemade goods, but stuff like cereal, crackers, chips, pasta, and jam aren't abundant. So, I've been searching for recipes that are simple and can replace all the box stuff we buy. This week I'm trying out a few of my recipes and I have to say that I'm pretty pleased with my honey graham crackers. We might have just booted Honeymaid out the door.
Monday, October 13, 2008
These were my favorites this week:
Making a necklace for her PocaNONtas costume.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Fast forward a few years, and I have my two lovely babies. The feeling isn't gone! It resurfaces itself in what the people around me call obsessions. It usually starts as something small, like yucky chemicals in diapers and then blazes into something like cloth diapers. Then it's just a wildfire... eating whole, banning China, knitting, making all of our Christmas gifts..... I know part of this is just being a mother and wanting the best for my kids, but the other half of it is me feeding that beast. (Yeah I know, it started as an itch and now it's a beast. Just go with me here) Some of you
Once Ike moved on, we were left without electricity for twelve days. It was a little stressful, but overall a welcomed break. I loved the surviving aspect of it. Most of our family had power before we did, but we turned down their invitations to stay with them. Home is comfortable and of course I enjoyed the challenge. We played outside most of the day, hung laundry out to dry, read, walked, colored, and just lived. During all of our free time I picked up, Last Child in the Woods, which was recommended by a friend. I fully intended to read this book to gain some insight on how to be a better parent. I never expected to find a name for what was wrong with me. I'm disconnected or in words of Richard Louv I suffer from"nature deficient disorder".
As a child, I spent tons of time outside and connect to my world, thanks to my hippieish parents. The more time that passed, the further away I was from nature and in an attempt to find that void and fill it, I sunk myself into more activities that pulled me even further away. Sitting out on our blanket, while the kids ran around in the backyard, I found the answer that would scratch my itch and calm my beast: simple. Simple would mesh well with lazy but still be enough of a challenge to fulfill that basic need to survive. "A simple life is not an easy task."
So as I type this, I'm taking baby steps to simplify my life, reconnect myself and my family.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Ok, so the result of all this reflecting is
This month (I know it's late) is to do something artistic with my kids everyday. Last week we had a playgroup at our house and a friend of ours brought REAL watercolors! Not the crusty-and-impossible-to-paint-with-dollar-store paints. The kids loved it!! I was inspired so I've made an effort to pull out some sort of craft every day since then and my children's inner artists are flourishing from all the attention.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Our lives were a little simpler and our appreciation a lot greater. My babies benefited from endless days outdoors exploring the "trash" in nature that is often swept up too quickly. The neighborhood came to life and people shared meals, and sunsets while their kids played in the street. The 4th largest city in our great nation slowed time and lived in friendlier world for about a week and a half. I'm hoping that some of these revelations stick around for my family and friends for a little longer.
Here are some snip-its of our adventure.
This is what we saw and heard for about 5 hours.
Camping out in the hallway.
Checking out the winds after the eye passed us.
My plant made it!!! AND she gave a big 'ole HELL YA to Ike with this beautiful bloom the day after.