I've been leading the nature studies portion of our spring homeschool gathering. We've been exploring one square foot of space in different habitats and nature journaling our findings. We've truly been finding the very best classrooms.
We've been waiting and watching for the first blooms. FINALLY today there were two and a half crocuses bloomed.
I do have vegetables under grow lights, more sprouting on my heat mats and I just for the first time ever potted dahlias to start them inside. Hoping for a longer picking season.
Laying on mama made pillows, warm in mama made pajamas and snuggled up under woolen blankets for storytime. I hope these memories of her childhood will put a smile on her face years from now like it does mine.
Many thanks for all your words of encouragement, friends. Today my wonderful husband decided to take the kids out of the house so I could rest (and he even brought me back Starbucks!). I didn't exactly rest. Nearly everyone has fresh line dried sheets on their beds now and I vacuumed up more dog hair than it seems two dogs could shed. I did read a wee bit and walked for a couple miles with my podcast. A little quiet was good for me. I got delightful pictures of my kids on their adventure. They sent me pictures of that which they know I love. Shagbark hickory and their nature discoveries. My husband kept messaging me that they never stop talking. (I KNOW!) Thankful for this sweet family of mine.
Lately my self talk has been flat out terrible. For some reason, I look around my home and see all the things I meant to do and haven't. The messes I ought to clean up but are still there. The piles I should clear but haven't. The to do list I wanted to finish, but remains incomplete. Life gets in the way. Kids get in the way. I get in my own way.
Going to try to turn my thoughts around starting now.
Five things I actually do:
1) Wake up, split wood, start a fire and tend animals. Everyday.
2) Read to my kids and myself. Everyday.
3) Make real food for my family. Everyday.
4) Do small mundane tasks (laundry, dishes, etc.). Everyday.
5) I try my hardest to serve others in some way. Everyday.
Thankful for my family who see the good in me even when I feel like I'm not measuring up.
I often give my kids a homemade Popsicle and send them off to find a reading spot in the afternoon. Real life today, I followed them and snapped a pic.Adrian chose his room with all his collections. He's so not a minimalist, but knows where everything is. Usually things are pretty tidy, although uncharacteristic of him, his dresser isn't all shut today.
My predictable one, my free spirit and my queen all reading the afternoon away. Guess who also found a spot to sneak a chapter in too? 10 blissful minutes before someone needed me. I'll take what I can get!.
Today we had a case of the Mondays.My grandmother always said, "A change of scenery is as good as a rest."
I have turned into my grandmother and say that all the time too.
Thankful we have a lovely change of scenery in town.
Thankful we got to enjoy with new friends.
Thankful it really did provide the reset we so desperately needed.
Tuesday, we are ready for you!
I realize the only two pictures I took today were at the bookends of the day. So here are the bookends and everything in between and beyond.
10 eggs, which I promptly made into apple cinnamon puff pancakes.
Whole family kept me company as I (finally) finished pruning the orchard.
Picture below: kids were making a tent out of sticks (using chicken bags for the ties) with the freight train in the background.
Shepherds pie and Dr. Quinn.
Snuggled together for books before bed.
I'd call today, our first day of spring, a 10/10. I will forever love seasons and the change of pace they bring. Happy Spring!
Audra picks up on something crafty and mass produces. She then takes a loooong pause while she picks up something else. She's rotated back around to hand stitching.
She made me this delightful little pillow:
Our nature homeschool co-op is back for spring and it's just so very wonderful to be with nature loving friends outside.
Easy as 1-2-3. Not really. I put a heck of lot of time into planning, but it's 110% worth it! 8 weeks of exploring 1 square foot of various habitats, here we come! (Couple of pics pilfered from friends, thank you!)
Me: "Kids, your dad isn't going to be home and I have to zoom a meeting. You can watch a movie."
:::Mom zooms. Kids watch movie.:::
Me: "Sorry, my meeting went later than expected. You can just finish the movie and go up to bed when it's done."
Kids: "WHAT? And skip read alouds?" "No. That's a bad idea. Let's shut it off now." "If we shut if off now, can we still read?"
(I've already read to them this morning for a solid hour and then some).
Bookworms through and through.
Little Miss Take My Picture is wearing mama made dress, pinafore and coat!
Today was the 4-H Public Speaking Tournament. This year my kids did their presentations with hardly any help from me. Confident. Organized. Well spoken. I'm super proud. Some practice and the big day pics.
Adrian did Greenlight Collectibles, which are American made diecast vehicles.