Thursday, August 30, 2012

This Moment

:: This Moment ::

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 

Joining Amanda of Soulemama





Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Yarn Along

:: Yarn Along:: 



Joining Ginny of Small Things


This week I am on a knitting roll and I am loving it. I finished my first ever circular knitting project and it turned out perfectly. I was so happy with it that I decided to make another hat so my girls would have matching hats this fall/winter. I am a new knitter so I was intimidated by the circular method but honestly it is super easy.  So my easy little hat is below....


I also finished two sheep for the Christmas stockings this year. I just need to assemble them and stuff.  They too turned out great and I am happy with them. I ordered a bunch of animals from Linda Dawkin's shop Mamma4earth and I can't wait to start them. I know the girls will love these little animals. 
 

I am reading a new book. The last one I was reading got the best of me and I gave up reading it. I started Julian Fellowes book Past Imperfect. I knew he wouldn't let me down ( he is the guy who wrote Gosford Park and Downtown Abbey) and he didn't. So far it is a great read and I can't get enough of his dry humor. I got my latest issue of Interweave Knits which I will drool over for a bit. Also, skimming through a fun little book called The Children's Year. It has wonderful ideas to celebrate every day and special occasions. I am inspired by it. Finally, I want to share an article I read in Smithsonian Magazine ( yes, we're members of the Smithsonian). The article entitled "How She Overcame" is written about Aung San Suu Kyi, a political activist in Burma or Myanmar. It tells of her struggle under house arrest and how she used Buddhism and meditation to keep her faith and focus on the cause. This story intrigued me and I am humbled by the struggle that so many people face on a daily basis to bring democracy and equality to their country. I live in America and take for grant it the freedoms I wake up with every day. While other people wake up and have to fight for simple freedoms. I am both inspired and humbled by these people. 




So, enough "soapboxing" and now for a moment of pure cuteness but I am partial because she is my baby. 

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Montessori Week 2

:: Montessori Week 2::

We just started Week 2 of Montessori At Home this morning. Miss E really loves to spend some quality time with mama while baby Ce-Ce takes a rest. I always try to give the girls some quality one on one time every day.  We always start our homeschool time with a change to our calendar and a check at the weather. Miss E then picks out some books off the shelf and we read quietly together. We have been working on the alphabet and focus on one letter a week, this week is the letter "Bb".  We play an alphabet game and work on different Montessori activities. Today, we end with some painting. I am happy that we have a learning method that fits our lifestyle and Miss E's personality. 



Basic Sorting Activities 


"Bb" Week

Miss E painting. 


I think she may be in her blue period:) 




Sunday, August 26, 2012

Thoughts on Monday

:: Thoughts on Monday::


* enjoying: a few stolen moments of quiet before my babies wake up.

*drinking: a cup of coffee. If only I could kick the coffee habit but it tastes too good.

*reading: Past Imperfect by Julian Fellowes ( the same guy who writes Downtown Abbey, Gosford Park, etc)

* baking: bread and Miss E requested we make cupcakes this week. 

*creating: I've started work on Christmas gifts and I am hoping to get some more cutting for my first quilt done. But I think the girls and I will have to craft a bit today

*thinking: I am already tired of election season and the rants from both parties. Don't get me wrong, I love democracy but I wish everyone could be a little nicer. 

*praying: just prayers of thankfulness today. I always feel like I ask for too much and that I am never thankful enough. 


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A few peeks at our weekend. Most of it was spent outside because the weather here was amazing!






Babywearing daddy!