The grass and trees were silvery white with frost this morning, sparkling in the morning sun. Yummy and I ran outside in the "snow grass", as she called it, while Mr. Man gave Dooter his morning bottle.
Celebrating each season's Solstice is a perfect way to provide rhythm and tradition for young children throughout the year. For each of the changing seasons, the children and I head outside to collect natural treasures to create a seasonal centrepiece for our table.
Happy Canada Day! On this hot and sunny holiday Monday we are enjoying an icy AND edible red and white sensory bin. Yummy helped me put this quick bin together: some fruit punch flavoured ice cubes in fun shapes, frozen raspberries and strawberries, and a bag of cubed ice.
I love the idea of having a Summer Bucket List -the season is so very short here and there are so many things I want to do with my kids. Having those ideas posted on my fridge reminds me to find the time and just do them! And it is a list, so of course I can't resist. I created this template last summer, but prettied it up a bit this year for maximum list-making enjoyment.
Click on the image below to print yourself a copy.
Today is Dooter's half-birthday! A whole year and a half old! My own birthday is the day after Christmas, so my mom invented Half Birthdays when I was young, allowing me to have a summer party with my friends and not have the event overshadowed by the winter holidays. Dooter is a Christmas baby as well (December 21st) so the tradition continues on. It's a fun little celebration that makes for another special day in the year.
Since we spend a lot of time outside, Yummy discovers a lot of "treasures" out there to collect. Last summer I made her a treasure bag, inspired by the one in the book Handmade Home by Amanda Blake Soule (affiliate link below). While she suggests using vinyl window screen, I have found that the mesh bag my onion sets (for planting in my garden) come in is perfect for my little treasure hunters. I love how the dirt shakes out through the mesh while the treasures stay safely inside. Yummy uses her little bag often when she is out and about, and now that Dooter has taken to picking up stones and sticks in the yard, I decided to make him one as well. I didn't have any onion bags left (I made a couple treasure bags to give as gifts to some other intrepid explorers) but had a bit of mesh that I had cut off some dishcloths (they are supposed to be a wonderful combination between a dishcloth and a scrubbie, but I didn't like them -the scrubbie side always ended up facing down when I was trying to wipe the counter). Read on to see how quick and easy this little project is!
Yesterday morning Yummy informed me that she was going to be a farmer when she grows up, just like Daddy, except a Horse Farmer. I was weeding between our little trees, sweating away in the dirt, but I thought it was as good a time as any to get some dramatic play in. Children are such naturals at drama -pretend play is a second language to them. I try to encourage that gift whenever possible, using Yummy's interests to spark imaginative play.
I've been on a bit of a blogging hiatus for the past couple weeks, as you may have noticed. First the kids both caught the flu, just as the weather outside was turning sunny and lovely. I spent my time taking care of sick children and getting some spring chores done outside, and then I got the flu. To add more insanity to the mix, seeding started, so Mr. Man has been out in the fields except for suppers and a few brief hours of sleep at night.