Wednesday, November 11, 2020

On Veterans Day

 

On this Veterans Day we would like to take the time to thank all those who have served our country. We extend our deepest thanks to every man and woman who believed so deeply and so completely in our country that they would choose to answer the call and take up arms to defend it and our many freedoms. 

Thank you, especially to my father and brother, both of my grandfathers and many of my uncles who believed so fiercly in this country that they would choose to risk their lives for it. It is because of the service of patriots like them that America continues to remain a beacon of hope and freedom. xo

Sunday, November 1, 2020

On Halloween

Our Halloween looked a little different this year due to the pandemic but it was still a fun day celebrating together!  There weren't costumes and trick-or-treating this year but we did animate some pumpkins, carve some pumpkins, watch an old school Halloween classic (thanks Disney+!) and eat Halloween candy!  

Amazon's augmented reality pumpkin experience was super cool! 

After they were done animating their drawings, we set up for pumpkin carving in the living room. We have never carved pumpkins in the living room before but we thought it would be fun to do that while Halloween movies were on. 

It's not Halloween without Disney's "Legend of Sleepy Hallow"!

I was busy in the kitchen making salted caramel sauce for caramel apples so I didn't get many pictures of the actual carving, but I am happy to have taken a few. 
The girls Jack-O-Lanterns came out great! These aren't the pumpkins we recently got at the patch. Those were frozen due to our Halloween Eve snow. Thankfully, the sweet, little farm where we have our CSA still had pumpkins when we stopped by on Halloween! 
I know many people feel that so much has been lost due to this pandemic, but I think so much has gained. At least that's the way we have been feeling here (all these months). Sure, we miss seeing our family members (we haven't seen Dave's parents since early February and, with the exception of my mom who we saw for an hour in July, we haven't seen my family since Emma's birthday in late February). We continue to be grateful for the slower pace of life, for the chance to connect with each other and have more time as a family of four than we had had prior to this pandemic. We remain grateful that Mother Earth continues to heal and we hope that more people realize the many blessings they have been given during this time. Sure, holidays, birthdays and celebrations may not look the way they always have, but maybe the point is not that they need to be big and over the top and involve lots and lots of people. Maybe the point is that it's time we scaled down and celebrated with those who we share the space with now so that we can gather with those who mean the most to us when this is over.  In these final two months of 2020, as people are starting to feel weary, and as the winter arrives, I hope that we can all focus on our many blessings and end 2020 feeling more positive than we did throughout. xo 

Friday, October 30, 2020

October Wrap Up/ (Or he First Time The Hens See Snow)

It feels like October already began and here I am writting one of the final posts of this (my most favorite) month! So much has gone on since my last post (I feel like such a blog slacker) . There were, of course, lessons.  
Art plays a huge role in the Waldorf world. Emma was working on an autumn tree,  


while Grace was working on drawing her main lesson title page for her Geometry block 
Gretchen found a comfy spot. 


The girls tie dyed at youth group! 

And my grandfather wrote to Emma to share his big news....





The key to the Borough of Roselle in honor of his 100th birthday (last April) and all he's done!

On our way to Phantoms and Fire at Old Sturbridge Village we decided to (finally) stop  by Tree House. They have curbside pick up down to a science and the view was worth it too! 
Phantoms and Fire was Old Sturbridge Village's Halloween program this year since they couldn't do a Covid friendly version of Sleepy Hollow. Thanks to the recommendation of my dear friend Alexandra (who had been invited to attend the Phantoms and Fire dress rehearsal) we made sure to learn about Edgar Allan Poe's life (and read The Raven) prior to going. Monologues from several of his short stories/poems were performed, and, because they were Poe, they were very creepy. We were shocked to see how many people brought their young children to listen. The four of us agreed that this really wasn't an event for anyone younger than twelve (well, at least the monologue portion anyway). 

This monologue was particularly gruesome and we didn't stay to the end (though the actress was fantastic).
The "scavenger hunt" was fantastic! You went from location to location collecting another piece of the stamp (it formed a raven on a pumpkin) and if you got all six stamps you could trade your picture in for a bag of candy. It was beautifully done (and they were very generous with the candy). 
Which brings us to today. The first snow fall of the season, which also happens to the first snow fall that our hens have experienced.  
They were really not impressed and spent a good deal of time refusing to leave the protection of this tree. These poor dears have no idea what they are in for living here in New England. 
Just shy of five inches when all was said and done. As a winter loving family we are really hopeful for a decent winter this year! xo 

Monday, October 19, 2020

Weekending

This weekend there was.... 
warm homemade apple pie on a cold night (a lovely surprise from one of our favorite church families), 

 and lemon buttermilk pancakes with lemon whopped cream and maple bacon for breakfast. 

There were reminders of what joy is. 

and  voting. 
and realizing that in the next presidential election Grace will actually be able to cast her own ballot! 

There was singing ("Well done, sister suffragette...", which, as you know, is our tradition to sing each time we vote), 
And West Wing watching. 

Not pictured: lots of time outside, time spent with the chickens, David prepping a garden bed for tulip bulbs and the girls at youth group at our church and me with the youth group of the church I work at in Holliston. A full and wonderful weekend, all around! xo

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Sunday At Wachusett

 



On Sunday I finally made it to the top of Wachusett Mountain! As the only non-skier in the family I have never been father than the base lodge but on Sunday that all changed! After our trip to the pumpkin patch we decided to keep our day of fall fun going and headed to Wachusett to ride the chair lift and see what they had at their ski swap and sale. This is truly Dave, Grace and Emma's happy place. These three talk about skiing and the mountain non-stop year round, though it seems to reach a fever pitch in the weeks leading up to opening day. On Sunday, the closer we got to the mountain, the bigger the smiles grew on their faces. I have been saying to Dave for years that whenever he's ready to move us closer to the mountain all he's gotta do is say the word, but after Sunday we really do need to make that happen. Either this family needs to move to Sterling MA or Jay VT but closer to a mountain and skiing we really must be. xo