Jan 11 - Feb. 2
Sylvia's shopping list
inspired by The Great British Bake Off
scraping the vanilla bean
assembling the layers
sponge cake, raspberry jam, custard, whipped cream
homemade marzipan, chocolate drizzle
for a prinsesstarta, made entirely by a very proud 8 year old
embracing the season
silly Mama attempting a handstand
*photo by Camille
message of love
Sylvia and fellow Girl Scouts being interviewed for the local news
at the Mayor's Chili Cook-Off
Blokus in the afternoon light
"Mama, I think a beaver was here."
"Mama, help me defend the pirate ship!"
a Lady Gouldian finch
at the Building for Kids Children's Museum
creating and climbing
Archimedes' screw and water play
"I know! Let's work together."
ready for action
History Museum at the Castle
ready for her Honor's Band performance
snow tubing at Whitetail Ridge
fresh vitamin C
"Mom, I need a plastic bag, a marshmallow roasting stick, and some yarn."
A little while later she comes out with this sail car.
"Oh, and I need a fan too, and a tape measure to see how far it goes at different fan settings."
more fun at "Pirate Island"
raiding our very extensive dress-up supply
white crayon resist painting
under the sea
performing at a local fundraiser dinner
the deer love to congregate just down our road
dreaming of spring flowers
with food coloring and coffee filter art
...And that catches us up a little bit further. Every day I try to make the little choices that create a respectful, uplifting, vibrant learning environment for my children. I try to remember to care for myself and my husband too. I try to extend that caring and mindfulness into my interactions with friends and the greater community, and when I feel inspired I try to share here too. Sometimes (maybe even often) I fall down on one or more of those things, but in it's complexity, and it's simplicity, it's a good life. It's enough, and I'm proud of it.