We're deep into a chilly and gray winter, but I feel that familiar optimism that hints of spring bring, despite the fact that hints of spring are few and far between. Maybe it's lingering optimism from the new year. Or maybe it's just taking extra doses of Vitamin D to ward off the winter blues:) Anyone else get feeling saggy and baggy about this time of year? I usually do, but for some reason
What's new in your neck of the internet? I've been absent from this space for quite awhile and the urge to reconnect has been building.
- Sam and Vivian have been enjoying being part of a little, family-run, Waldorf-inspired preschool a couple mornings a week.
- We do a bit of homeschool-type stuff most days, but I've really enjoyed watching how natural learners simply... learn! Sam has started reading and writing because he wants to. He knows more about snakes, rocks and plants every day! Vivian knows her ABCs and how to count to twenty and I swear I didn't teach her those things! I find that I really just need to be there as a support and they lead the way.
- I turned our back room (which never really had much of a purpose) into our homeschool room. Now the kids can easily access books and art supplies and I often find them in there painting away, gluing pipecleaners to random things (um, the wall...) or making acorn guys.
- I'm taking a writing class about writing books for children and I LOVE it! I also love the arrangement Clay and I have come up with where he comes home a little early every day so I can write. I feel SO nourished when I get to do something creative every day. And on a really good day I might even get up early in the morning to write too:)
- I'm still loving meditation though now I just do it myself, not with the kids. Not for any particular reason, I just sort of fell out of the habit. But it is something that we can fall back on in a heated moment or after a long day.
- Clay's off gluten and says he feels great. The rest of us are only occasional gluten consumers. We don't totally avoid it, but out of respect for him I don't really cook with it anymore.
- I'm still day dreaming about having a place in Maine. We spent three weeks there at Christmas, which was perhaps a bit too long during a season when much of our time had to be spent indoors (though Sam did manage to build two sweet igloos with his dad and grandpa.)
- Clay and I have exciting plans for a collaborative project, which maybe I should wait to unveil when it's actually finished, but I'm really excited about it :)
- And I'm excited to be back and blogging again :) I'll probably be popping in a few times a week to chat about food, home schooling, creative stuff, and whatever else floats to the surface. What would YOU like to hear about? I'd love to know:)
Happy mid-winter! I hope you're feeling healthy, happy and full of optimism too!