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


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

Monday, October 12, 2020

Yesterday In The Pumpkin Patch


The weather on Saturday and Sunday was absolutely glorious! We spent so much time outdoor soaking it all in and checking all sorts of things off our to-do list. While we were apple picking last Sunday we decided that we'd go pumpkin picking the following weekend. Mother Nature must have known how much we were looking forward to going because she gifted us with the most perfect autumn weekend ever! Pumpkins were picked and cider doughnuts were had and then we headed on our way to another spot for a little more autumn fun (and to check another thing off my bucket list.....)xo

Saturday, October 10, 2020

{This Moment} Picture By Emma

 {This Moment} A weekend 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. xo 

Tuesday, October 6, 2020