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Little Moments

Little Moments are pieces of our day that make our life we live wonderful. I believe these little moments of each day shape us and therefore, shape our lives.

Castle building in the living room.

 

Finally found something he wants to read!

 

Helping mama bake.

 

Intense gluing ūüôā

 

 

 

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Thanksgiving

The year has turned it’s circle

The seasons come and go

The harvest is all gathered in 

The chilly north winds blow

Orchards have shared their treasures

The fields their yellow grain

So open wide the doorway

Thanksgiving’s come again

Here is our seasonal wreath with¬†everyone’s¬†hand print¬†turkeys.

Delaney helping cut up the apples for the stuffing.

A little bit of wine. Yes I am using a jelly jar for a glass ūüôā

Turkey’s done! Justin grilled the turkey and it was delicious.

Time to carve.

The kids set the table earlier in the day. Our tradition is for everyone to write something they are thankful for on their name cards. Then we hang them on our thanksgiving branch with the ones from previous years.

Liam was thankful for root beer.

Having fun!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

I ho

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Playthings

“The greatest scientists are¬†artists¬†as well.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Knowledge is limited. Imagination circles the world.”

~Albert Einstein

In our house many of our children’s playthings are¬†versatile. They play with blocks, play silks, sticks and wool. We do have some things that are more specific such as dolls, a train set, a marble run, and others. But this summer I made a big change in our kids play kitchen area. There was lots of nice wooden and crocheted play food but the kids were not excited about it. So I took out most of the play food and replaced them with baskets of acorns, rocks, pine cones and shells. Believe it or not, the kids were hooked. Now the kitchen is used everyday and the natural objects are used for kitchen play and more. We use those found objects on our story table, in Delaney’s doll area, for crafting, and collecting, mixing, and sorting. I read this¬†great article¬†on early childhood play that explains how incomplete ¬†toys, like blocks, sticks, and blankets will not only keep your child occupied but improve¬†their¬†creativity.

The educator Rudolf Steiner says that, as the muscles of the hand grow strong through use, so is the brain exercised by toys that require the child to complete them in the imagination. Children strengthen their minds by imagining what an object represents! Awesome!

 

Here is our children’s kitchen area, crayon drawings and all.

One picnic basket of a few select food pieces.

Shells Killian brought  back from Florida. They have been used as spoons, bowls, crackers, and a bridge on the story table.

An assortment of play items used for food play, decorating the house, props for the story table, and sorting. We also have great grandma Violet’s rotary phone. The kids love it!

A meal made by Delaney and Liam.

 

I hope giving my kids room to be creative, things to be creative with, and time to imagine they can go into the world some day and do something great.

“Imagination is the beginning of creation.

You imagine what you desire

You will what you imagine, 

and at last, you create what you will.”

~George Bernard Shaw

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Snow!

Nothing like snow to get everyone outside by 7:15 in the morning!

Get ready for snowballs.

Liam left his bike out over night.

Riding through the trees. Those strider bikes go anywhere!

Even the doggie with an ear infection likes the snow.

Duck!

Happy snow ūüôā

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Seasons

I love the changing of the seasons, how each has it’s own distinct feelings. Spring has the feeling of renewal, of starting new things, and of growth. Summer feels like playtime when you try to fit everything you can into the short season we have here in Wisconsin. Autumn brings a new kind of busyness, of preparing for winter and enjoying every last day of warmth and sun for we know it will soon end. Lastly winter, where you feel slowness and coziness. Where there is a turning inward, and time to think and dream and prepare for the next great venture.

Each month slowly takes you through a different part of each season.  Autumn slowly comes upon us with September. It  is still hot, still time for one more swim, one more boast ride, a last hurrah of all things hot. The garden is overflowing, along with the farm markets and my farm share box. Which leads to a full kitchen and a crazy time of preserving for winter. My husband will tell you the kitchen was a disaster for most of September while I worked on my new canning skills.

October is such a joyous month. It starts with an explosion of color that gets you out and about. We do yard work and last minute fix it projects to prepare for the winter ahead. This month ends with the frost covered leaves on the ground and a true feeling that winter is upon us.

November is the last bit of time to get ready for winter. Everything has slowed down outside, in the garden, the animals, ourselves. It is¬†truly¬†a time to turn inward and enjoy being cozy together inside.¬†Out¬†come the games, cards, art projects, the movies we didn’t have time to watch in the summer. I am ready for this quiet time of year, where I have time think and dream of the next year to come.

Here are some pictures from my November garden.

 

 

 

Now it is November,

Trees are nearly bare;

Red and gold and brown leaves

Scatter everywhere.

Dark now, are the mornings,

Cold and frosty too;

Damp and misty evenings

Chill us through and through.

Busy are all creatures,

Winter food to hide;

Nests to make all cozy,

Warm and safe inside.

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What’s Cookin’…Sprouts

Recently I have tried sprouting some beans to use in my cooking. I have been reading about how sprouted food is easier to digest and increases the amount of enzymes and vitamins.  I used the method in this post to sprout my beans. We started with chickpeas. I put the beans in a jar and covered them with water, then I let them sit for two hours. Then I drained and rinsed the beans and put a piece of nylon stocking over the jar opening and put the metal screw top on. I put the jar in a bowl upside down to let the water drip out and then put it in the dark pantry. I rinsed the beans twice a day for three days and this is what they looked like.

Afterward we roasted the chickpeas and had a yummy snack. And yes this little one is dipping his roasted chickpeas in peanut butter.

Next we moved onto sprouting lentils. I used the same method as above to sprout them. I only sprouted them for two days instead of three. The kids were eating them raw and loving them.

After eating some raw we used the rest to make a lentil stew. I got the recipe from a wonderful cooking class I am taking called the Whole Foods Kitchen.

!Here is the meal we had for lunch that day,lentil stew, broccoli, and homemade sauerkraut. The kids all tried it too. Liam at it all, of course, and the other two liked the lentil but not the kraut. Oh well, at least they tried it.

After this experience I think we will be seeing more sprouting in our future.

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