Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Yarn Along

:: Yarn Along ::

Not a lot of progress this week on the knitting front. My knit hat for our little guy had a run in with our little guy. He decided to help me undo all that I had knit. Oh sigh, I can't really get upset with him especially since I leave it on our coffee table. So, I am starting over on that little project and still working on my Forest Glade cowl. A friend of mine is having a little girl very soon so I am going to start a little pair of booties for her. I love knitting baby things because they are so adorable and quick to knit. 

I am reading my new edition of Taproot. It is something I savor and enjoy over several days. I just started reading The Blue Guitar by John Banville. It is very good so far. This is the first Banville novel I have ever read but I know he has written many novels. I like the artwork on the cover too. 

Happy knitting this week! 

Joining Ginny of Small Things

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

In Our Home

{In Our Home} 

The cooler temperatures and ever shortening days are not slowing us down. As we are watching the leaves slowly change on the mountainside our home has become a flurry of activities, projects, and work. Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year and we are always crafting and creating autumn in our home. One of my new favorite books is The Artful Year by Jean Van't Hul. She has activities and crafts by the season and holiday.We created an indoor tree with changing leaves from her book and it looks so pretty. The girls love having little performances and using it as their backdrop. We
made some of my favorite autumn leaves using filter paper leaf cutouts and liquid watercolors. They always turn out beautifully and look wonderful hanging on the windows of our home. I think this may a craft I do even after my children are grown. I created an autumn sensory bin with beans as the base and added acorns, leaves, and even some feathers. The girls have been playing a lot of Bird Bingo these last few days and have been especially interested in the migration of birds and butterflies. I ordered as bunch of Autumn themed books and planned crafts or activities to go with them over the next month. It is a welcome shift from summer and I think the cooler weather helps our family focus a little more on what is happening inside our home. 

I also don't see any complaints from my oldest who would much rather learn at her pace and through her own ways than have all day homeschooling. I have adopted the attitude of doing what is necessary to help her progress through first grade at a good pace but not allowing the worries of achievement overshadow childhood and learning through exploration. It has been hardest on me because I am trying to re-learn how to be a teacher for my child. She is an independent learner and does best with simple instruction and lots of time for independent learning. It is something to watch her just pick up things and do it. 

Today, we are off to do a morning hike and enjoy the mountains. I am hoping to be in this space a lot more now and stop letting Instagram eat up my blog. 

Autumn Sensory Bin 

Bird Bingo

Watercolor leaves

Oh this boy, no worries or fears for him. He gives mama grey hairs everyday with his desire to climb anything and everything. 

What is a tree in the fall without a black cat?

Sunday, October 04, 2015


:: Weekends ::

It is has been a loooooong time since I joined in with the Weekends post but I am finally back. Homeschooling and transitioning our family from military life to civilian life is hard work. I usually fall into bed with my books and knitting just putting off blogging until another day. But the other day I realized that I missed the connection to blogging friends from all over the world. I am definitely a people person and I love interaction with others. I love to see all the small and great moments in others lives because it connects us all. 
So, it is good to be blogging. 

Our weekends are have been crazy busy and filled with so much goodness that it is just overflowing these days and I seek refuge in the calm rhythms of weekdays and homeschooling.  

This weekend...

* Friday night was the celebration on my Aunt and Uncle's 30th Wedding Anniversary. It is inspiring. 
* Late night of knitting and watching episodes of Longmire with my hubs. 

* Sleepy Saturday morning and ballet class for my little ones

* Getting all dressed up and hitting the city (DC that is) to see Carmen performed by the Washington National Opera. I love rural living and finding quiet repose in the peaceful countryside but visiting DC is so fun and exciting. Carmen was amazing and I love the opera. My husband loved it too and we are already making plans to see another show over the winter. We are hoping to take our girls to see the Nutcracker. 

* Sunday Morning Mass 

*Winter clothes shopping at the mall. It was painless and the kids were real troopers through it all. 

* Making homemade Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Sauce 

* finally relaxing and enjoying some red wine while the kids played quietly

I hope everyone had a great weekend. 

silly picture time at my aunt and uncle's party

me and the boy. 

We sneaked at picture before the show

Joining Karen of Pumpkin Sunrise