Wednesday, December 31, 2014

December ~ In a Flurry of Photos

 farm park in the snow

 visiting friends

 at the library
 major fort construction

 five play dough sculptors and a seamstress

  gingerbread barn
 at the Girl Scout Christmas party

 work-in-progress cabled leg warmer for my niece
band concert
 stringing popcorn and cranberries

  for the birds

 crafting a Christmas faerie for her sisters
 Lego Club at the library
  Christmas play practice
 in the lobby to see The Nutcracker Ballet
 Mama and Ayla as 'rat princesses'
 admiring the Nativity display
checking out heirloom seeds from the library to grow on the windowsill!
 in lieu of cutting down a Christmas tree this year we decorated a Christmas wall
 sewing and embellishing an angel costume
 several batches of white chocolate/peanut butter truffles
Mary, Angel Gabriel, and a shepherdess enacting the Christmas story
 prepping for Christmas Eve and Grandma and Grandpa's

 a crocheted hat for my nephew
  Christmas morning at Gigi And Abuelo's - more presents!
 day after Christmas at Great-Grandma's
 my Grandma's old sewing baskets - awesome present!!
 four generations of women
 cousin love

Wow! December felt like a whirlwind, mostly in a good, sparkly, joy-filled kind of way. These photos are such a random sampling. I am grateful and exhausted and feel like I could hibernate right through January.

My one-word intention for 2015 is attune, as in (1) to become receptive or aware and (2) to bring into accord or harmony. To me, this word carries a reminder of mindfulness in my attention and my actions.

Blessed be.

Happy New Year, friends!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

so much to be thankful for...

A couple more weeks of photos from our unschooling lives:

This painting started transforming from some really ugly wild layers when Ayla told me, "It looks great, Mama. It just needs lots and lots of coca-dots." Thanks, babe.
my favorite new creative outlet, acrylic on canvas, almost finished

(midway through, right after the coca-dots)

"Mama, can we touch it?"

wooden block pattern play

watching the snow fall

"Mama, I'm a princess elf pegasus. Do you wanna take a picture?"

sleepover make-up play

glow in the dark paper art, for an older sister and her sleepover friend

monster dance party

healthy late-night snack 

monsters transformed into flower faeries

flower faerie play dough sculpting

detail, another work in progress

helper, bringing in firewood

wrapped up for the weather

a ladybug cooking arroz con pollo and white chocolate mousse for the family
while listening to Cuban Radio on Pandora, just 'cause

"Mama, I'm a cat ballerina. Wanna take a picture?"

Sylvia-made salad with chickpeas

petting the magician's duck at the library

off on a sister adventure

An Argentina puzzle book led to listening to Argentine tango music, searching for more hidden pictures, decoding, cooking locro (an Argentinian stew), watching documentaries about gauchos and another about extreme mountain biking in Argentina. Unschooling in action!

My first finished painting! 
Emergence, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24"

lots more snow

Ayla peeling potatoes, Sylvia writing to her penpal 

We went to the annual square dance and potluck with our homeschool co-op, with live music and caller. These pictures are from the one song that I sat out. We all had a lot of fun!

another painting, nearly finished

 Camille returning to her painting, after taking a couple of weeks off

Woohoo! Another one finished!
The Huntress, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24"

Thanksgiving weekend is winding down and we celebrated simply at home. We roasted ducks that we raised ourselves, made way too many mashed potatoes, made a sour cherry sauce when we realized that we were out of cranberries from our friends' farm, danced, sang, painted, and enjoyed ourselves. I recovered from having two of my wisdom teeth removed. It's a good, simple, messy kind of life here that I am thankful for.