Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Roasted Chestnuts

On Wednesday, we roasted Chestnuts. It was actually my first time tasting a chestnut... The children really enjoyed peeling them. Keira absolutely LOVED the taste (not my favorite but worth the experience). It was a warming activity to do on a cold winter day.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Winter Berry Garland & Sneaky Squirrels

This morning we made Winter Berry Garland with popcorn and cranberries. Maia really likes "sewing" and is VERY careful with the needle (I use a yarn needle to be safe). The smaller children helped me pull the berries down the floss. It looked so pretty - we plan on hanging it outside for the birds tomorrow.

The squirrels keep on stealing the snacks we leave outside for the birds ... at least someone is enjoying them! We hung stale bagels on Grandpa's tree yesterday...
And today I spotted an imposter!

Monday, December 10, 2007

The Second Week of Advent

Slowly creeping toward the day
As the winter paves its way
Love as fresh and pure as snow
Guides us toward His loving glow

During this Second Week of Advent, we have placed our winter cati as well as a large pinecone and evergreen branches in the center of our wreath. The wreath reminds us of the circle of life and the symbols of the plant world remind us of the deep wisdom that lives within Silence.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Setting Up Scenes for Children

I sometimes forget how important it is to set up playscenes for the girls. This morning we did our circle and nature walk and came inside for soup. Then Maia was really at a loss for what to do with herself. It's easy for parents to become frustrated that children aren't playing with their things at times like that (that was the first thought that came into my mind). Then I had another thought... I spent 5 minutes setting up a few silks and toys to create a scene for Maia and that's all it took for her to spend hours playing. An otherwise boring morning turned into a fairy fantasy land with nameless adventures while I did my best to work on the last week of my February guide. I'm going to try to set aside a few hours per week to better plan out things like this as well as our meals. Stay tuned.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Our Jesse Tree

The girls really enjoyed cutting and pasting the Jesse Tree Ornaments for the first week of Advent. For three more weeks, we will add ornaments to the Jesse Tree until Christmas Day. This is a new tradition for our family and I also included it in my December Guide for subscribers. The ornaments are very simple but give warmth to our little tree in the Playgarden .

Sunday, December 2, 2007

First Week of Advent

Light a Candle
Light one candle Advent's here
Light one candle Advent's here
Light one candle Advent's here
Christmas time is near. (clap, clap)

Light two candles Advent's here
Light two candles Advent's here
Light two candles Advent's here
Christmas time is near. (clap, clap)

Light three candles Advent's here
Light three candles Advent's here
Light three candles Advent's here
Christmas time is near. (clap, clap)

Light four candles Advent's here
Light four candles Advent's here
Light four candles Advent's here
Christmas time is near. (clap, clap)

Creating our Advent Wreath...
Three purple candles to symbolize the penitence of the season and one Rose for the Joy and anticipation of Christmas Day.
One white candle in the center to save and light for our Christmas meal.
Lighting our first candle and saying our verse for Week One of Advent.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

This year we made homemade cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving. It was yummy and the girls had fun cooking as always!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Fort in the Woods

Dee & Keira were outside for hours the other day and finally came in SO excited telling me all about the Fort they made in the woods. Of course I had to go check it out... What a great job they did! They even have a bathroom area - and our kitten loves playing too (do you see her in the fort?)!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Martinmas Puppet Show and Shields

Did you know that November 11th is The Feast of St. Martin? More information on this saint can be viewed HERE

To celebrate, Dee and I performed a puppet show for the children and then we made cardboard shields. Here are some photos:

Tree of Thanks

Every Thanksgiving we make a Tree of Thanks... We gather branches during our nature walks before the holiday, color and cut leaves out and string them on our tree.

Everyone in our family writes something they are thankful for at any time leading up to Thanksgiving and when we have guests we ask them to do the same. It's become a really nice tradition and I hope to save all of the leaves from years past to put into a scrapbook that the girls can one day look back on.