You've probably heard this quote before. "The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother." It's so true, as is the inverse. Knowing that they are nestled safe not just within a loving nuclear family, but within a loving network of extended family, is huge for kids. The other night I came home to the sweetest thing.
Tonight Vivian and I read lovey, Valentine-y books for bedtime. This book is one of our favorites :)
It's a tricky thing, isn't it? Raising kids to be aware of the world and the people around them, the sadness and the hard things of life (remember when Sam first discovered homelessness?), finding that balance between righteous outrage and optimism while not totally freaking them out? There are so many things I just don't even want my kids to know about yet. But someday, if they're going to change the world, they're going to need to. I really don't have all the answers, but here are a few things we try to do.
We're deep into a chilly and gray winter, but I feel that familiar optimism that hints of spring bring, despite the fact that hints of spring are few and far between. Maybe it's lingering optimism from the new year. Or maybe it's just taking extra doses of Vitamin D to ward off the winter blues:) Anyone else get feeling saggy and baggy about this time of year? I usually do, but for some reason
Friday is the first day of summer but it feels like we've been in full swing for at least a month! We've been cramming picnics, farm trips, shorts and tees, lemonade, butterfly catching, gardening and every bit of summer fun we can into every sunny day we've had so far. What have YOU been up these sunshiney days?
It's that time of year again! The LDS Holistic Living Conference and Expo is right around the corner. And I have a little surprise for you...
You guys, I'm super excited about this Herb Fairies Book Club I just signed up for, but I feel so bad because the sign up period has already closed! I found out about it just before it closed and only barely got in in time, otherwise I totally would've mentioned it on here earlier. But it will open up again next April, so bookmark it, or pin it, or whatever, because it looks awesome!
Yep, it's a dream alright, a dream come true; Clay and I are in the latest issue (Dream) of Taproot together! I love seeing Clay bring my writing to life with his illustrations. And ever since I first heard of Taproot, I knew I wanted to be a part of it.
My article is about all the things I learned from my my time spent in the family garden: about life and death, hard work and rewards, about growing and changing. And guess what's in the Taproot Print Shop? A gorgeous print of Clay's illustration of the little girl and her dad! He signed each one. The printing is beautiful and is done on a lovely, thick watercolor paper. I think we're going to give one to my dad for his birthday:)
The plan has always been to homeschool the kids. But recently we thought it would be fun for Sam to go to preschool, not so much for academics, but just to have a chance to run around and play with some other kids. And let's be honest, Mom thought a little break a few times a week wouldn't be too shabby either:) So, we visited a local preschool that we'd heard good things about. We visited a class and spent about an hour just hanging out and observing. Sam did circle time and even participated in show-and-tell (he had randomly brought in a leaf from outside- cute!). He loved it and was excited to go.
But on his first day he came home crying. This was normal, we thought, and so we talked about it and decided to see it through for at least two weeks. He didn't cry anymore for the next week and a half, but he did tell me, quite eloquently, about what he didn't like about it and that he really wanted to do homeschool instead. I also caught him and Viv plotting how to sneak her into class with him one moring, which was very sweet.
He finally had another sad day, after which I told him, "Next time will be the two week mark, let's do one more day and see if you feel any different." But even after a Valentine's party, he was still positive that preschool was not for him. On the last day I picked him up and he was smiling, I thought maybe he'd decided he loved it after all. I said, "You look happy, did you have a good day?" He said, "I am happy... because today's my last day!"
So, we learned a few things with this little experiment.
So, what are we doing for homeschooling? Lots of little things, but mostly a lot of play and a tiny bit of more structured time.
How have you decided what educational route to take with your kids?
PS Here are a few posts you might have missed:
You can stay up to date with the latest posts (and giveaways happening soon!) and announcements HERE. Also, since Clayton just brought home three (!!) occasional tables that are now in my living room, we're doing a bit more clearing out, so here's an $800 table for almost half the price for you locals:)
I've been thinking and thinking about all of you and the blog as it's languished here for these past few months. My last post was before Christmas!! So, I wanted to pop in and say hello, see what's new with you (some of you regular commenters, I got to look forward to your comments so much, and I miss them!). So, I don't really have a cohesive post planned or anything, but here's a glimpse into what's been happening in our home these past few months:
So, that, in a nutshell, is what we've been up to. Now, tell me about YOU! What's new in this little network of like-minded folks that I've missed the last few months? I've kept up on my blog reading, just not the writing so much:) Any new blogs I need to know about? New babies? Businesses? Projects? I'd love to hear!!
We got our tree last night and made an evening of pulling out all the decorations and making the house all Christmas-y. We're starting a new tradition this year that I'm really excited about. I've been planning it for months.