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Showing posts from July, 2013

Cousins come to visit!

A beautiful sunset & evening at the lake

Mostly just pictures here, they speak for themselves...

A few painting pics n art

We enjoy a wide variety of painting around here, so when our neighbor came by to ask if wanted to try out their homemade finger paint, we finished dinner speedy quick & ran over.  JN is 4 & it is so fun to have a little neighbor close to our little one's ages!  He also has a new baby brother, so of course I had to hold him when he woke up from his nap :0)


Yesterday before we went outside I made butter - we had cream that had been waiting for about a week to be made into something.  I LOVE our own butter, but I use the blender so it is very loud.  A hand churn would be so much quieter, but I don't have an hour to do that!!  So I put off the noisy job til I can't wait another day....

Birthday Boy!

Not a big party, but a fun, relaxing day :0)  Grandma & Grandpa L came, and later a 'big boy' friend with the same birth date!  He shared the cake - that's why there's a groovy 18 in roman numerals behind the 3 candles!

A Garden Day

We've decided to let grass grow between the raised beds - makes for a very green, and um, natural look (hee hee!).  It was very Martha Stewart a few years ago when we first put the raised beds in, with sawdust in between & everything in lovely neat rows!  Now we just wander through and collect whatever God has given us, not worrying too much with the weeds ;0)
Yesterday was one of those bizarre July days where it is cool and damp, but still feels warm enough to play in the water.  So the littles got on their swimming suits, turned on the sprinkler, and we had a garden day....I even had a last minute idea to prepare a take-along bag w/ snacks & paints so we wouldn't have to run back into the house for anything.  I wanted to stretch our time outside as long as possible :0)

Lisa at inspired me to bring the paints outdoors, as we have some random morning glories coming up along the fence.  I brought out tap water for the paints, but we a…

'New' table, and proof that anything truly CAN be anything!

I was reading this great book called Heaven on Earth today - the one with the bits about dolls not having an expression.  In discussing toys the author kept saying - Anything can be anything!  This is true if the toy or plaything is plain enough - for example (in the book): if a child has a fire engine w/ lights, sounds & remote control, it will ALWAYS be a fire engine.  But if they have a plain wooden truck it can be a fire engine if you put a small wooden ladder in it.  It can also be a truck full of produce going to the farmer's market or food co-op, a dump truck in the dirt, a truck for moving the 'blankies' to their new home after the dinosaurs ate it (as happened in our house today, and yesterday....Jam is into the dinosaurs & Tweeters really isn't!), etc etc.  Do you see the potential for creative play, expression, and divergent thinking?  A beautiful thing!

Back to the we finally picked up our big, old, heavy wooden table that we haven'…

"I just want Blankies!"

Blankies.  As in people with no faces, not the warm & fuzzy thing the baby sleeps with.  Is this weird??  I bought a big pack of wooden peg dolls to paint for our Godly Play boxes, and when I started telling Tweeters the plan & asking her what colors to make their clothing, etc., she said she wanted them to stay plain!

So I was also just reading about Steiner & the Waldorf idea of people/dolls not having expressions, or even just blank faces.  This way, the child can give the doll any emotion - especially since those dolls often express that very child's own emotions.  If the doll always looks happy, how weird would that be if the child wants to pretend there are dinosaurs with big teeth coming to eat them??!!  So much for my creative outlet in painting peg people (for now)...but felting is still in the works because a nice amish lady sold a bunch of clean wool to me this to find some clean looking used dog brushes to card it all out......

Happy 42nd Anniversary Grandma & Grandpa!

We love you big bunches!!!

New life for the train tracks

Jam loves his wooden trains, but he may love matchbox cars more.  Flash gave him 2 boxes of his old ones (which also contained MY old ones as well as Papa J's!) & now they have taken over the train track.  And the dining room.  And the living room.  Ouch!  The upside is that Jam also loves to clean up & I am now able to bribe him with things like getting to go outside when he's done putting his toys away moohaahaha!  He loves to be outside!

Seed update

Nothing new for those of you who do this sort of thing, but I wanted to post what the seeds look like this week (see earlier post on baggie seeds to observe stems & roots).
The song we've been learning is one I just made up to the tune of "Little Rabbit in the Woods"

The roots go down & the stem goes up
The roots go down & the stem goes up
The roots go down & the stem goes up
And then you have a plant!

Super Easy homemade crown with repurposed clothing

I was all set to make my own felt for an adjustable crown for Jam - but decided that was too much work right now ;0)  I decided to use some old fabric instead, and while cuttting the leg off a pair of super soft brown corduroy pants, I thought hey!  I can just cut this leg into the shape of a crown!  They were a bit stretchy, too, so even I can wear it if I want.

I might embellish with some jewels or even buttons!

Sciency projects

We started sprouting beans & peas this week, and Tweeters is going to draw what they look like every week for 6 weeks.  We already do this in the garden & when we sprout alfalfa seeds, but she'll be able to see the roots better & experience drawing them.  Jam is along for the ride ;0)
We discovered SO much life in our 'One Small Square' of the lake!  Mostly baby mosquitoes, but also snails, nymphs of every shape, and caddisflies!