BITS OF SCHOOL FROM SEPTEMBER

We have converted our upstairs school space into a living room/sunroom. It suits our morning routine needs (somewhere comfy to sit that won’t disturb -or be disturbed by- anyone else in the house), and it provided somewhere to put our couch from the other house!

This change has made for longer morning conversations, and provided a nice comfy atmosphere to begin the day.

We have been going to a library once a week, and while we will probably never bond with any of the librarians as we did in our last town, the girls are cheered up by the amount of new material avaliable to us!

Above, are two of their favorites from this past month. They continually brought them up for weeks after reading them. Hiawatha and the Peace Maker is about forgiveness, and Joseph Had a Little Overcoat is a delightful story based on a Yiddish song. It made us want to revisit this favorite the girls wore out years ago.

We continued our tea time two to three times a week, sometimes baking the treats, sometimes buying, if they were unique enough.

Once, they opted out of a midday tea and decided a breakfast of cider and fresh muffins was best for the day! Cold mornings are our favorite!

Nearly every day, our read-aloud time made its way outside, under the trees with the hammock. We would usually take on a bit from a chapter book (Our favorite of the month being George Muller’s biography), as well as three library short stories and our Bible lessons if the morning had been chaotic or slow going.

Davey boy joined us more occasions than Mae could handle, haha. Rae was mighty happy though.

We also took care of a few Tomato Hornworms (which grow into Five-Spotted Hawk Moths). It was so nice to watch them grow and really cool to watch them eat!

We’re picking back up Chess, hopefully we won’t get distracted again and we will begin to master it over the next few months. In this photo, Rey and Kylo were playing very incorrectly.

A still life Rae did of some of her favorite things.

We are trying out two new devotionals. I have the hardest time choosing devotionals for the girls. So many of them address public school problems and ‘a busy life’ that my girls cannot relate to. Maybe there is a homeschool directed devotional?? We are enjoying the science devotional, and have only had to skip a couple (because they are unrelatable), pages in the Fearless Faith. I pre-read so many devotionals in the store, and this one had the least irrelevant topics. We have decided, if we come to a page we don’t like (which is rare), we will discuss something on our minds. So far so good.

Rae is still into Pok√©mon (more into how they are drawn than anything else). She hasn’t even seen the show, but she knows the characters very well and draws them over and over.

Autumn poetry copy work and paintings. (Mae’s then Rae’s)

A few times a week, Rae will work on a nature drawing, either from an image in a book, or from something tangible we have at home or that she finds outside. “We” are working on her watercolor technique and she does not like it.

Mae tried to bake something once a week in September, and with the holidays beginning any moment now, we are starting to plan some fun treats to make for once tea time a week, or a dessert to accompany supper.

Well, it is about time for me to begin writing October’s school post, ha, so I think I will leave this where it is at. Hope you are all having an incredible month!

DOUBLE DIGITS

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAE!!

In honor of this wonderful occasion, here are some things about you I am so very grateful for…

First, you love to listen to stories people tell of long ago…or what they had for lunch, as long as it is in great detail, and you are not afraid to ask for clarity on what something means if you don’t quite understand it.

You are a lover of games and have the competitive spirit and snarky trash talk to accompany any game you play.

Right now, your favorite way to learn would be to snuggle up somewhere, be it the couch, hammock, etc., think, ask, and discuss for hours and hours about anything and everything.

You still appreciate a job, whether it be an independent one or helping someone. Now that Daddy has Grandpa around to help, you haven’t been helping him so much, and well, I do household things (which you do help with, but it’s not your passion). This year, I’m going to try and step up my carpentry game so you don’t lose this desire to be of use.

My lovely girl, you have not only an undying but ever-increasing love for your ‘Mum.” Several times a day, you run to me, give me a bear hug and say, “You’re mine! …forever…” and boy, that is my all-time favorite moment. I stop, soak up the few moments, let it fill my heart and lift my spirits.

You are so keenly aware of how I am feeling (good, bad, sad, tired, hopeful), and you join me where I am and simply want to be with me. All versions of me.

In the past few months, you have been insisting on snuggling “MAX 3!” times a night before you go to bed. Mind you, the snuggles don’t begin until nine-thirty p.m. and we have read bedtime stories long before this. I am going to be more intentional about this too, and maybe snuggle and watch something together in bed.

You adore your sister, and though you both disagree a lot on what should be played next and who is not sharing with who, you play for hours upon hours together. Lately, it has been Legos, Barbie, dolls, or chatting in the hammock.

You never turn down an opportunity to be outside! I hope this is still true as you grow older (Okay, I hope everything I’ve said stays true as you get older. Maybe not the bickering with your sister part…). You adore any and all weather and atmospheres. Another one of your favorite requests would be a drive down country roads, even if you do see more corn than cows here.

You are very into the Descendants, pioneer lifestyles, Animal Crossing, books about people and their lives, and baking (something else I need to get better about!).

I could go on and on (and you would lovingly yell, “Well then do it! Go on and on!”), but I need to see your face and whip up a decent birthday breakfast. Thank you for being such an incredible hooman gail. I love you so very much Miss Mae. SO. VERY. MUCH.

LATELY: : SEPTEMBER 2020

There have been many time hurdles between me and this blog in the past couple of months! For one thing, September felt about three days long…but as always, looking back as I write these posts, I find it was actually a long and full month.

Mae’s birthday is coming up, and that is as a good a deadline as any to get my act together and document what has happened before it gets lost, because they have been a lovely two months!

Since beginning our fall semester, we have made it to a park twice a week. sometimes more. We sometimes look up a new-to-us park, but for the most part, we have found our handful of favorites and return to them when we need a break and some fresh air.

At one of those parks, is a river, and while we won’t be walking through the water this fall, we enjoyed it while the weather was warm. We chose a spot far from the popular one and always had the place to ourselves. It was truly peaceful.

Maybe is still a shadow to me, somehow she has increased to affection for me in the last month. Someday I’m going to miss her under my feet, so I have begun smiling at her closeness. I think she noticed and begun smiling more herself. But with that came crying anytime I leave the house.

We got to visit Aunt Teresa in our former town. They got to play with their cousins (the ones they always see up here) and doted on a few fresh kittens.

As well as our trips to the park, we have been spending plenty of time out in our yard. We have held a handful of movie nights on the lawn, I stumbled upon a lovely scene of the girls reading to Daddy under the patio lights, and we have been spending an hour of our daily reading under the trees (more on that in the school post).

We introduced daily(ish) family evening walks after supper! It involves our family of four and Zack’s mom and the cool crisp air is delightful…even if it is too cold for my liking sometimes. I really should find our coats. I didn’t think we would need them so soon.

George has been back indoors for most of his days, and even slept inside last night and kept to his usual indoor naps during the day. When we have our schooling downstairs and if the doors are open, he lingers and lies about just outside on the patio. So glad he still loves his people.

Mae made a pillow out of fresh-cut grass and it was incredibly comfortable – and cold! We composted it all before heading inside for the night.

Meg has been joining us more on a daily basis. Sometimes, Mae brings along her doll as well, but Rae really involves her girl. It is so sweet to watch. I’m sure she will make an appearance in the school post as well.

Rae also bought a new Barbie in September, who also gets involved in our goings on. I’m so glad the girl’ imaginations are only getting strong as they age. They played Lego for hours given the chance, and otherwise chose to play with Barbies.

In case you missed it, my brother came for a visit, and I finally put up photos of our August back here.

JOSEPH’S VISIT

My older brother came to visit at the beginning of September. We hadn’t seen them since his oldest, now six years old, turned one. We have seen Joe twice in that time, but it was so nice to see his lovely wife again, and get to know the boys!

Mae and Solomon were inseparable and surprisingly similar human beings.

He loves nature and everything it involves, just as my girls do. They couldn’t have been happier to discover this.

The way he looks at his mom. ugh. so sweet.

They baked a shortcake from one of Solomon’s favorite books about Little Red Hen, Cook-A-Doodle-Doo.

Quinn loves his momma. Well, I mean kids love their mommas, but Quinn was feeling not so great (teething and such), so he spent most of his time alone with Megahn. And, well, she’s just an incredibly cool, patient momma!

We took them to our favorite lake spot. There was no shade in sight, but it was a great day. We caught many tiny toads, Joe taught them how to start a camp fire with just a magnifying glass, and we got to visit with some horses how detoured from their trail-ride to get a drink.

Our nephew, Leo turned to while Joe was here, so we had a little party at our house to celebrate.

The made it back to Washington safe and sound!

Hopefully, we’ll see them again some time next year.