Wednesday, September 18, 2013

One Month Later....

So we have begun our public school life.  It is very odd.  I never thought this day would come, sought to avoid it, until the very end.  Hoping it is only temporary, wishing it were not so.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Goodnight House, Goodnight Rooms...

It is strange how a place becomes a part of you, even a deep and intrinsic part.  To part with your surroundings is to part with a small piece of yourself, your ways of being and of interacting with the world.

So we bid our home goodbye.......

Friday, June 28, 2013

Just Waiting for the Windstorm

Sometimes life gets really bumpy, like a windstorm suddenly rocking our boat.  Things seem to happen all at once, one after the other, very much like the rolling waves, crashing in without letup.  Life has seemed like this lately.  The waves keep crashing in.  First we were told we need to move.  A few days later, the refrigerator died.  Now there is no hot water and a flood in the basement.  I am not sure what tomorrow will bring; part of me is waiting for a windstorm.

And yet, I took some time today to reflect on the bright blue sky....for we shall weather this storm.  Somehow.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

14 Chances

I am just reading through a post Melisa Nielsen wrote about temperament and parenting styles and hence the title of this post - 14 chances.

Why do we sometimes lose our temper as parents?

It is all about learning how to set boundaries as a parent, for the child, and being willing to stick to them.  I think many parents today could benefit from such a thought.  It is like the mom at the grocery store who tells the child umpteen times (maybe fourteen?) not to do something, or else.....  The child very well knows that the parent is not really setting a boundary.  These are empty threats.

How much better for our children to hear fewer words, but ones that hold real meaning.

Easier said than done.  I know.

I think such an approach helps us to keep our cool as well.  No need at all to lose one's patience or temper, because the child has not been allowed to wear away at our patience.


Thursday, May 30, 2013

When I grow up....

As we were going for a late evening walk, looking for fireflies, ds looked at me and suddenly asked, Mommy, when I am big, will I remember being little?  It really struck me, as he was nearly sad in his questioning.  He found a little pebble, and asked me to keep it, so he could remember being little.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Line and Form with String

I decided to introduce some more complex forms, and thought to use string (or modeling clay) to make this easier.  We used a different color for each part.  It enhanced our ability to 'see' the form, an essential part of what form drawing is all about.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Farewell to our Goldfish

Dd took this photo.  We had this little goldfish for about four years.  I was surprised to learn how long they could live, although in the end, he took a turn for the worse, probably ammonia buildup in the water.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Free Book for Shelters Block

I had mentioned in an earlier post that we have been using the book How We Are Sheltered for our shelters block, and I thought to post the link.  It also doubles as a resource for a Block on Handwork/ Trades.  It is an older book in the public domain, and requires a little editing, but it is nothing that can't be done while reading.  

How We Are Sheltered. a Geographical Reader