I have a 6 year old now. I can't believe it!I am only finally getting this posted on St. Finnian's Day! Perfect timing.
Lala knit him a chicken. :)
Because sometimes you need cupcakes with loads of yellow frosting.
Lala made Finnian (and herself) a bunny. (With a lot of help from me.)
Birthday chalkboard above and banner (again, made by Lala) below. (Anyone been around long enough to notice my kitchen cupboards still don't have the doors back on or painted? Yeah....)
A living room pizza picnic in front of the fire. We hit record lows this past week. Actually, I don't know if they were record lows, but my kids did experiments with ice in the back yard because we got below freezing several nights and were in the low 30s several days. We live in Coastal California, so that is cold for around here.
Oh little brown mouse, how long will I be able to call you that? I am having trouble wrapping my head around your being 6. I still think of you and your sister like this; little little and all grins from you. Last year, I referred to you as pure sunshine. You still are, but now you aren't just glow and warmth; you have a bit of fire in you now! Perhaps it's being one year bigger. Perhaps it's having to share so much time with your sister and me, but I am grateful for both the time together and how you are stretching me in such new ways. This past year, my little boo, you have developed such a fierce independence, or perhaps confidence is a more appropriate word. You still need me, but sometimes you don't. Sometimes you need space, instead of hugs from mamma to make it better. Off you go to explore some new thing. I am grateful to be exploring this world with you!
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.
(This last photo was taken on my 'phone, so not great quality, but the ice was just beautiful.)
a lovely Thanksgiving meal with Mike's extended family, we headed up to
the mountains for a long weekend with my parents and brother. It was
peaceful, relaxing, and fun. We found what little patch of snow there
was for sledding and snow angels, hiked, made latkes (generally had lots
of yummy food), played, and generally had a nice time not worrying
about the 'to dos' at home!
The last month or so, the kids have been far more interested in doing than sitting and expressing what they have learned. So along with all the other doings, they have been crafting.
As part of grade 3, we are celebrating the Jewish holidays. Oddly (or perhaps not), much of what I am learning resonates deeply with me. This festival of lights is a lovely celebration of faith and strength. In honor, among many other learnings and doings, both children made Menorahs. Finnian chose to make his of clay and then rolled his own beeswax candles. Lala made hers of stones (and a nut on top to hold the candle) and wanted traditional Hannukah candles. Tonight, we lit the shamash (helper candle) and the first candle and said the traditional prayer to begin Hannukah, which we understand, per the lunar cycle, is extremely early this year. With Thanksgiving falling late, we are joining the many celebration Thanksgivukkah tomorrow.
Below is a list of ideas compiled by some amazing mammas on one of the Waldorf lists I am part of. A parent asked for frugal and homemade gift ideas for her 6 year old son. The ideas were incredible!
Card stock artist "trading cards"
Thrift store books
Tent from old linens
Play food (knit or sewn)
Knit cap or mittens
Blocks of wood and sandpaper
Tea party set (napkins, placemats, etc.)
Homemade board games
Cork gnomes/people (Lala's friend's mom made some with champagne corks from the Whole Foods cork recycle bin. She crocheted a "sweater" and hat for each one, drew on a face, and made a set to go with a crocheted little gnome home. Both kids love this set and Lala has since made some of her own to add to it.)
Simple tool set
Explorer kit with homemade bag, pad of paper, pencil, etc.
Upcycled sweater hat and mittens
Wood burned figures
Homemade toilet paper roll marble run
Sack of colored gems - "dragon tears"
Scarves to be used as play silks
Homemade bow and arrows
Recycled crayon rounds
Rubber band Geo board
Upcycled sweater puppet (or stuffed friend)
Cloth (canvas) "book" and fabric paints, markers, craft scraps, glue, etc. for "book making"
Homemade birdhouse kit
Homemade musical instruments
Aluminum foil for making swords, shields, badges, etc.