seven years ago today this beautiful child entered our lives, changing every thing. her capacity for love knows no end, her compassion and tenderness encompasses us everyday, her wisdom and knowledge astonishes us. most know her in fleeting moments of childhood but those who are around her and that get to experience her know that she is truly a godsend, a blessing, a woman wise beyond her years. she is beautiful both in and out, her smile can stop a room and her laughter can fill it. she means the world to us and to those who love her. lucy has taught us that being a child is not a disadvantage but allows her to teach those around her in ways that adults seem to lose over time. she has shown us new ways to see and hear the world, as well as how to experience life fully. so, today we celebrate her, we celebrate the day in which she chose to be in our lives, we celebrate so she will laugh and smile and feel loved, we celebrate because we feel so (freakin’) lucky to have this soul fill our hearts and our lives with all that is her. we love you miss beans, to the moon and back. xo
last friday i planned a special day just for lucy and i before our family soon becomes four and she becomes an older sister. we have been studying about india for sometime now and the idea of mehndi really stood out for lucy. so on our special day i made us an appointment to partake in this traditional indian ceremony. lucy was so happy i thought that she might burst! it was truly a beautiful way to spend the day ; to welcome this new being into our lives and to bless our way as we both enter a new chapter in our lives. definitely a moment i will forever cherish.
one of my favorite patterns: simple, fast and classic, this time the miss picked out the colorway.
every year we make lucy an ornament, this year dave made this beautiful paper star. tutorial here
her hands remind me that she is still so small, they remind me that she is capable, they offer comfort, love and sweetness. they get dirty, they hold my face for kisses, they offer found treasures (a lot) and most of all they remind me that i am a mom, her mom. i feel lucky to have this being in my life to guide and to be guided by, i have learned a lot from these small hands and will continue to has they grow, explore new worlds, feel pain and eventually hold someone else’s hand. although this simple craft is cute to look at and offers a gesture of childhood, it also offers a moment to reflect on this time and how these hands used to be so so tiny and not to let a moment pass by.
a wonderful hoedown festival at oxbow this weekend, one of the best harvest festivals we have ever been to. a super sweet and quaint farm with lots of creative activities for kids. check out the greased pole climbing, miss beans did that with a help of a helpful boy! oh my goodness, it was amazing! we were able to meet up with some friends and play and play and play along with eating some yummy foods cooked up at the farm.
and now today we are in full autumn mode, with pumpkin butter cooking down, halloween decorations going up and lots of music to keep the ghostly spirits going. what’s your favorite fall tradition? mine is pumpkin carving with all the cousins.
we have ourselves an official first grader in the house. after a year of begging, debating and research we have decided to homeschool! which somehow seems less consuming than i first thought. this book help put my fears at bay and gave me some great perspective about what i should expect and what is realistic starting out. so we have made ourselves a plan, set some goals for the month and most importantly we are going to have fun, after all should learning be that? we aren’t following a specific curriculum but are following the unschooling model for learning and teaching.
here’s what our basic day is panning out to look like:
-story and discussion
-native american history:creating things out of clay, writing, drawing, reading
-king tut: creating a giant poster of information
-world map or anything of interest: music, dancing
of course the day will vary from here to there depending on the focus or any related subject that come up, lately there have been a lot of baby related videos happening, mostly on birthing babies. but as of late i am happy with the way things are going, no struggles, no pressure, just pure learning, questioning and finding answers.
we’ve been sharing summer hats, drinking watermelon juice and reading books. summer has fully engulfed us + we are embracing it. i promise, friends, you have not been forgotten, the sun is a powerful thing here in the pwn + needs to be cherished while its here. i have plans for this blog and hope that with your support, comments + love it all comes into fruition, but that’s work talk, and that will be saved for another day. till then enjoy the sunshine with those you love and may your summer dreams come true.