Joining soulemama today.
A Friday ritual.
A single photo capturing a moment from the week.
A simple ,special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember.
Easy! No-Bake, Use-What-You-Have 'Gingerbread' House
Fun for a little one.
Rasins, peanuts, chocolate chips, fruit snax, cereal, grahm crackers, left-over frosting,
coconut snow, marshmellow-toothpick snowmen.
...and what's left at the end gets tossed together into a container
for a kid friendly trail mix snack for later :)
Happy and Merry!
I don't have time for much these days other than feeding, changing, and caring for our new little one and trying to keep up with my older son too. I expected it to be like this, but I'm still new to the world of 2 kids.
I tried to be as prepared as possible for these days at home. My hopes were/are to keep my 4 year old busy and provide learning opportunities for him while I take time to adjust to things like less sleep and typing with one hand :) thile finding a new rhythm for the days.
My goal for this year has been to begin working our way through Mason's List of Attainments for a Child of Six. Number 7 on the list happens to be: to describe the boundaries of their own home.
I was brainstorming with a friend about fun ways to do this other than just taking walks around the yard. She thought of painting a wall mural for the child's bedroom. I thought a play mat that looks like their home to drive little cars on like those rugs you can buy in the toy departments. So here is ours- painted by me- 8 months pregnant! I used fabric paint and a canvas drop mat from the paint department at the hardware store. After sketching out our 6 acres on paper with my husband's help, I free-handed a map of our farm. I am not a great painter but I did attempt to paint what might resemble our son in the tire swing out front. He likes that part.
He parked the truck in the driveway and said "Look, Mom. Daddy's home! " So now when our days are spent more indoors than out, at least he can still drive his cars up the tree-lined driveway and walk his toy chickens out ito the plum grove in the back corner of the yard.
Another goal of mine was related to doing seasonal activities, and reading books and poems about the seasons/holidays this year. This season of Advent has been fun to see through 4 year old eyes as we wait for the birth of "our little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay."
In the pockets of our calendar we have a piece from our nativity scene and a portion of the Biblical account from the gospels to add/read each day. Other days we read words to a Christmas poem or sing a carol together. We've also been lighting the traditional candles in the evenings during dinner.
I'd love to hear how others of you are celebrating this season, or how you have accomplished #7 on the List.
Please leave me a comment and share your ideas!
"I am recording this so that future generations will also praise the Lord for all He has done." -Psalm 102:18
I am a mama to 2 sweet brothers who aspires to a "thinking love" toward my children.
Take a peek into our journey towards a living education inspired by the writings of Charlotte Mason.
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