Friday, May 28, 2010

The Fam

This is Rohan. The astronaut. Who gets his hair fixed by his brother.
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And these are Rohan's cool astronaut patches.
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And this is Rohan. He's in Innygodden.
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And this is Miah. She picks lettuce.
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And this is Zahana. She steps on lettuce. And pouts about it.
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And Larkin . . . uuuuuhhhhhh . . . he's around here somewhere.

And this is Jeremiah, telling me I better not say anything about his crooked ditch on my blog. So I'm not going to say anything about his crooked ditch. I'm just going to tell you that now we have water out by the garden and the chicken coop. Which is really, really nice.
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We also now have sand in our sandbox. Instead of rocks. Oh, the bliss!
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And we have monkeys in our trees.
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Oh wait. Those are kids.
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And there goes another one.
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Summertime. Ain't it grand?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Linkity Link


NATURE
5 Orange Potatoes
Handbook of Nature Study
Herbal Roots Zine
imagine childhood
Shining Dawn Books
spirithelpers
The Magic Onions

HOMESCHOOL/UNSCHOOL
Ancient Hearth
Around the World in 40 Weeks
At the Butterfly Ball
Collecting the Moments
Confessions of a Homeschooler
Eclectic Mama
Fieldwork
Free Flowing Ways
Free Lesson Plans 4U
Games For Learning
GuestHollow
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It's a Boy's Life
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Just Us
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Love2Learn2Day
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Practical Pages
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small things
SmallWorld
The Bowling Family
Think!

HOME/FARM/FOOD
A Sonoma Garden
CheeseSlave
Deliciously Organic
Eat The Cookie
Elana's Pantry
Foodie With Family
GAPS Diet Journey
Gluten-Free Girl  
Gluten-Free Goddess
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Grain-Free Foodies
Green Kitchen Stories
Home Joys
Keeper of the Home
Kelly the Kitchen Kop
Modern Alternative Mama
Muckboots ~N~ Aprons
My Life in Stories 
Nourished and Nurtured
Nourishing Simplicity
Passionate Homemaking
Rhythm of the Home
The Fresh Loaf
The Herb Gardener
The Nourishing Gourmet
The Pioneer Woman
Twig and Toadstool
Wabi-Sabi Wanderings

ART/CRAFT
Acorn Pies
Art Club Blog
Art House America 
Art is Basic
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Artsonia
Beneath the Rowan Tree
Bright Ring
Deep Space Sparkle
Ginx Craft
Heidi Bears
Kelley Ryden Photography
KinderArt
Le monde de Sucrette
Living Crafts
Made by Joel
Natural Suburbia
The Crafty Crow
Wooldancer

MONTESSORI
A Bit of This and a Bit of That
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Chasing Cheerios
Explore and Express
Free Montessori Cards
Having Fun at Home
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Montessori for Everyone
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MyMontessori Journey
On the Shelf
The Montessori Goldmine
What DID we do all day?

ADOPTION
Road to Ethiopia
Keep Me Curly
Chocolate Hair/ Vanilla Care

Monday, May 24, 2010

End of the Tunnel

These last few months haven't been the greatest. I'll spare you the whine, but let me just say that today was the last day of school and I'm pretty happy about it. It's time to de-everything - destress, deschool, detox, dethink. It didn't hit me until about 7:45 this evening that - whew! - we really do get to take a break now. I thought back over this last day of school and realized it was a good day. And all the good parts in it are what I have to look forward to for the next couple months. I see skies of blue . . . ♪ ♫ ♪

We went to play with friends this morning - kickball, t-ball, and a new playground.
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We stopped at a nursery and picked up some verbena. Miah helped me plant them in the boxes on the deck, and Zahana helped water. The thyme we planted last year (on the last day of school, coincidentally) was looking beautiful all through the winter and early spring, and the oregano came back strong. Then suddenly they both just died. So we're replacing them with something that will hopefully attract hummingbirds.
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We finished the timeline. It's a little messy-looking at the end because a jillion things happened in the 1800's. We ended by adding in the birth dates of everyone in the family. I'm not sure Mr. Revere approves, but the rest of us are quite happy with it.
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We were able to harvest the first food from our garden this season: some lettuce for supper.
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We discovered that the gladiolus are coming up
. . . and the basil
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. . . and the beans.
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We found that our mystery plant isn't cantaloupe but something more squash-like . . .
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. . . and that we may have fruit this year!
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We ended the day by planting a few flower seeds here and there and playing with the chickens.
This is Lupine, one of my Blue Andalusians. ♥♥
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After the kids were in bed, I went to dump the compost and saw the bright moon shining and lightening bugs in the yard. And I rejoiced in the light.

". . .LORD, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us. You have put gladness in my heart . . ." ~Psalm 4:6b,7a

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Out In The Garden

Baby bluebird.
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Pumpkins and squash.
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Lettuce.
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Potatoes.
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Okra.
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Cantaloupe.
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"One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides." ~W.E. Johns

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

About Color and Wind

Monday, we gathered with friends to learn about warm and cool colors and wind. The kids all worked on a fun hand drawing, made grocery bag kites, and tornadoes-in-a-jar. Afterward, they played and picked strawberries together.
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