Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A New Favorite Spot

Last Friday the girls and I did some much needed cleaning (hence the missing pink curtains on their windows). We spent most of the morning in their room, sorting through things they no longer need, thinning out stuff from the top of their dresser and bookcase and giving it a bit of a bigger girl "feel". This sweet room has grown with them beautifully, not needing much more than a simple little change to feel like a "bigger girl" room each time they moved from one stage to the next. The simple act of placing their dollhouse on the bookcase was one such change. The moment we did that the room just felt older to us. It's crazy how something so simple can have such a profound impact! As soon as the dollhouse was placed on the bookcase the girls got to work setting it up. It's so nice to finally have a place where it cam remain set up and be played with more easily than it has been in the past! It's seen lots of playtime already and I have a feeling it will be a favorite spot for many moons to come! xo 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Blackberries For Michaelmas

Today we celebrated Michaelmas. Michaelmas is always celebrated on September 29th, and is in part a day to honor the harvest, as well as as day to focus on courage and inner strength. Legend says that this is the day that Saint Michael cast Lucifer out of heaven. Traditionally, in Waldorf circles, this day is all about facing your fears, being courageous and defeating the dragon (whatever your dragon may be). Often times the story of Saint George and the Dragon is told (or for older kids the story of Lucifer being cast out of heaven). We participated in our first Michaelmas celebration a few years back but have not celebrated this festival much since. This year felt like the right time to re-introduce Michaelmas into our festival celebrations and so we've been talking about it and preparing for it for a little bit. In my searching for ways to celebrate Michaelmas I came across an old tradition that says that Michaelmas Day is the last day that one should pick and eat blackberries. I found recipes for blackberries and cream and a sweet coloring page on Activity Village (which truly is the best place for coloring sheets) and knew then that we must do something with blackberries on this festival day. Our day started and ended with blackberries (coloring pages this morning and dessert this evening) and in the middle we gathered with other Waldorf homeschoolers to eat dragon bread, hear stories, sing songs and play games. I am so glad that we re-introduced this festival this year. It was a glorious Michaelmas Day all around, and we're looking forward to continuing these traditions for years to come! xo

"Brave and true I will be, 
Each good deed sets me free. 
Each kind word makes me strong.
I will fight for right,
I will conquer the wrong."
-Traditional Waldorf verse

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday Evening

Some nights just call for s'mores with the next door neighbors! xo

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Fun Mail

 Yesterday as the girls and I were heading to the Post Office to mail some mail (and buy some of the fabulous farmers market stamps) we got to talking about how it had been awhile since we last sent mail to our friends in Canada. We chatted about what to send them next, mailed what we needed to mail and headed back home. With this discussion still fresh in our minds we were very surprised to see Grace come running down from our mailbox with a package in her hands and bursting with excitement. "Mama! Mama! Look! A package from our friends!" We quickly found a spot to sit and opened the mail. Inside we found a note for each girl (and one for me!) and two little parcels wrapped up. We read the girls' notes, then each one selected something to open. Grace opened the package that contained the sweet felted acorns ("she makes the best things, mama!") and Emma opened the healing salve ("It smells so good, mama! Can I use some on my boo-boo right now?"). It should be noted that as of this posting her boo-boo (which was very prominent) is now healed! Thanks, Kim! So, now we have two girls who want to learn all about how to use plants to make healing items, and we surely have our work cut out for us when it comes to what to send to our very talented and generous friends! xo

Friday, September 26, 2014

{This Moment} Fairy House

{This Moment} - A Soule Mama Friday ritual. A single  photo - no words- capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you are inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments section for all to find and see. We wish you a lovely first weekend of autumn! xo

Thursday, September 25, 2014

T Is For Trees

How sweet are the trees that Emma made for the letter T? I helped her with the evergreen tree (and the top of the big tree) but the rest is all her. This page is just so sweet and came out so great that she asked that I share it with all of you! Oh, and for those (like my mom) who will be wondering about the spot below her nose, she got scratched while playing a running game with friends last Sunday. She's no worse for the wear thankfully! xo

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Morning, Noon And Night

Morning, noon and night...three little peeks into our day today. 
Morning, 10:00am
Noon, 3:55pm
Night, 7:15pm

If you would like to play along leave your link in the comments so that I can stop by and visit. xo