|My peonies bloomed a couple weeks ago - and we've been enjoying their sweet fragrance all around the house. Since they flop over from the weight of the blooms, I only left a few on the bush & made some bouquets instead.|
Here's a few pics of what we've been up to over the past few weeks. I'm laughing a little bit as I look at these photos, all in one spot. It makes me realize just how
|A group shot of our homeschool group from our nature walk. Only about half of the families could make it, that day - I can't believe how much we've grown! Both in numbers, and in the size of our kiddos, too, lol.|
What we have had, though, is a margin of time - like the blank space around the words on a page. Blank, unscheduled, minutes and even hours....without the pressure of having to be somewhere...the freedom to set our work for the day aside for awhile and just have fun together. It's a much quieter rhythm than my kids are used to, during most of the school year.....and I know it won't be long before soccer season begins again, along with so many other good activities.
BUT, I think they are finally settling into the quietness, and enjoying the daily rhythms that come with it.....and it is a little season that I'm soaking up while it lasts. :)
|Here's General, offering some Lego-instruction to the younger boys in the group|
I've really missed blogging, though! Spending some time away from the computer always helps clarify/refresh my purposes, here. You've probably noticed that I'm still experimenting with my graphics. :) I'm trying things out until I find what's "comfy" for me. Then again, I love playing around with design and colors and fonts (a little too much, probably, lol!)...and so I may change things up quite a few more times, yet. :)
|At this time last year, I was still carrying Peanut around in a sling or pushing him in the stroller for all our group's events! And here he was, sitting right along with all of the "big" boys....and looking quite pleased about that, too. :)|
We're still slowly working on our Alphabet Time units! We'll be keeping these up through the summer and then finishing the series during next school year. Little Monkey just loves his little projects, and the other day he came up to me holding his stuffed toy tiger and said, "Mom - listen: T-T-Tiger! I think it's time for "T-T" week in our Alphabet Time!" That about melted my heart! He must know I've been calling it "Alphabet Time" here on the blog, although I can't remember ever saying it to him, directly. You just never know when they're listening, and what they'll pick up!
Peanut has been enjoying joining in with the projects, lately, too. He seems to have turned a corner - just a couple months ago, he was still too little to be interested in any activity for very long. But now he will sit and paint almost as long as his brother - and I can see he is pleased with his little, finished creations.
We painted some colorful and speckled Eggs for our E unit, after reading our new favorite book about Eggs. :)
|And we made a batch of bird nest cookies with Eggs on top...more pics to come in another post. :)|
Rose has taken to gardening this year, too. She loves working out there - especially pulling weeds, lol! I'm hoping if we can maintain this little garden well, this summer...maybe we can add a larger one out in the yard later on, we'll see!
I've been working on another little art project as well....just something springy (and garden-y) and fun for my kids to do. It's almost finished, and after we make a few of our own, I'll be sure to post the instructions/printables & share it all with you, too!
And last, but certainly not least....I just had to take a few pics of General mowing the lawn. ;) At the beginning of last summer, he had a hard time seeing over the top of the handle.....but now, he handles the mower like an old pro.
Wishing you a lovely Wednesday - and some quiet moments to enjoy the simple joys of home!