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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.  
Jack Frost left some inspiring doodles on the windows overnight.
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At breakfast, we lit candles and Yummy had a warm drink of caf-lib (made from roasted barley and chicory) to heat up her insides after our quick outdoor adventure.  Herbal fruit teas are also a wonderful way for children to start the day on cold mornings, though Yummy enjoys the having a dark brown drink that looks like my coffee, without the caffeine.
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Before Dooter's nap, I wrapped both kids up in a blanket and we went on a walk up our road.  This bike stroller is one of my best child-related purchases ever!  I got it used for $40 and we use it often.  It fits both kids, which allows me to get exercise (Yummy loves to walk, but not quite as quickly as I need to get my heart rate up), and it can be attached to my bicycle if I am feeling extra ambitious.  Pushing/pulling 75lbs+ of kids is a pretty good workout!
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While Dooter napped the morning away, Yummy and I made some Frosty Leaf artwork.  Earlier in the week we had collected leaves and soaked them in glycerin to preserve them.  You could also use pressed leaves for this; you would just have to take a bit more care that you didn't crunch them up when applying the glitter glue.  The glycerin does make the leaves pretty flexible, but Yummy broke some pieces off with her enthusiastic glueing and painting.  I drew a simple leafless tree (an older child could draw their own), then we used the hot glue gun to attach them to the thick watercolour paper.  Yummy decorated the leaves and the branches with glitter glue to copy the sparkling world we'd awoken to.  
The glitter glue soon ran out (these tubes had been used before, and Yummy is VERY generous when it comes to glitter), so I cut them open and got out the paintbrushes.  
It will likely take a few days to dry, hanging on our display frame, thanks Yummy's heavy hand with the glue, but it looks quite pretty!
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I am working on a post about our daily and weekly schedule and how having consistent rhythms benefits children.  It is easy to become disconnected from the natural world of cycles and rhythms in this age of technology; celebrating festivals, holidays and the changing seasons bring us back to a reassuring reminder of change and repetition. 
 
What sort of simple celebrations do you have to reconnect with the seasons?
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10/17/2013 08:32:30 pm

What a cool tradition! And I love your frosty leaves tree you made.

Thanks for linking up to TGIF! I hope to see you linked up again later today.

Have a GREAT weekend,
Beth =)

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10/17/2013 11:04:13 pm

Thanks Beth! So nice of you to take the time to leave a comment -hope you have a wonderful weekend too!

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