There’s a part of me that really needs/wants to use my blog as a writing outlet once a week. Just to purge some thoughts and see our week in retrospect. But I never seem to get around to it. Writing a blog post and dealing with technology can be time consuming and tedious, and in my very very few spare moments of personal time, which are rather unpredictable lately and hard to come by, I usually choose to do something else.
Violet has emerged from my bed and inhabited my lap, in her usual squirmy and snuggly way while I loaded photos into this post. Her commentary on each photo was probably worth the extra labor of balancing her. Sorry girl, I had to kick you off so I could type though.
I sent Violet upstairs to hang with her AM hermit of a 6 year old sister, which I knew was probably a bad idea. This was confirmed when I could hear over the sound of the Lord of the Rings audiobook filtering through the door, the sound of Clover screaming at Violet “Just stop talking to me!!!!” Ugh……
These girls get a lot of time to spend with one another. They’re very different people. I’ve seen a beautiful friendship forming between them, as they imagine their own worlds together and run off on their wild adventures together. They also fight. A lot.
Violet is such a primal, wild little person. She ends a time of potting seeds by getting naked and smearing herself with mud and then jumping into a snow pile. Clover approaches the mud with trepidation, and then finds something else to do. They balance one another though. Violet pulls Clover into situations she’s uncomfortable with, and Clover keeps Violet from doing anything too insane.
We’ve been heading out for semi-weekly trips with a little nature group. I’d been wanting to start up a Charlotte Mason inspired nature study group and asked a couple of friends who I thought might be interested in such a thing. Boom. Now we go on trips to places with no playgrounds together.
Homeschooling is kind of a weird thing. It’s not exactly going with the tide of the culture, and I find that we are at odds with pretty much everyone else’s schedules. We play outside or go places during the day and then retreat in to hang with daddy when everyone else is just emerging from school buses and carpools. Most of the interesting library activities and group things happen after school hours. Same with dance classes and such. They don’t really fit in with our life rhythm. So it’s nice to have some people on a similar path as us who we can run out with for some adventure.
Clover has been taking more initiative with her ideas and projects lately. She flips through books around the house or just thinks stuff up and then tries to find a way to make it happen. Sometimes it ends up involving a lot of my help, but sometimes (the most awesome times, I think) she does it all on her own. I love the look of determination in her eye and the problem solving I see almost forming a visible cloud around her head.
We made this mermaid doll together a few weeks ago, and she created a little home for it in her bed. This week though, she made a fairy doll pretty much completely on her own. The dress is made of paper taped together, which she made by folding the paper in half and cutting both sides for symmetry. high five, clover.
He’s got a great balance going on between adventurous and practical. Clover has always been an independent and willful kid who runs away and doesn’t listen in general, but she’s also pretty cautious. Violet is wild and without forethought. She rushes into danger, and it’s always been a challenge bringing her anyplace that carries risk with it. Like bodies of water. Lol.
Hawthorne can actually come to a pond and not immediately just try to drown himself in it. It’s honestly and without any sarcasm here, a miracle to me. I didn’t even know that you could have a kid like that. Like, I say “hawthorne, don’t jump into the water.” and then he doesn’t
Clover is quite permanently living in a fairy land lately. Everything is a fairy house to her. She found a fairy bed to lay in on a nature group adventure. This is her looking on as Hawthorne accidentally sat down completely in the pond water. It was a chilly day too. Poor kid.
We’ve found some pretty magical places to run around in lately. I keep thinking I should do my next blog photo shoot in one of them, but then I never blog anything I sew lately. Lol. Oops. Trying to become a real homeschool parent has kind of kept me from taking time to really do a good shoot, or even think about and plan things. But I do have some projects running under the current at the moment that will surface in a little while.
As spring arrives, we have begun erupting in applause at every sign. A little bud, some new leaves, green shoots coming up from piles of dead leaves. I’m pretty sure I’ve never been this tuned into the seasons before. I guess having kids and spending plenty of time outside has helped me become more observant.
I try to vocalize my wonder at all the things we see when we’re out, so that my kids can hear their mama and know they can share their thoughts too. I feel a little silly allowing myself to basically be one of the kids when we’re out around other people, but whatever. If I want to freak out over a hole in a tree or a bird, I’m just gonna. lol.
The boy is obsessed with birds, airplanes, and star wars. He probably knows more characters from star wars than most adults. Nerds. I’m surrounded by nerds. His doll is named Han Solo, btw. I named him since Hawthorne is a bit young to understand it. He was calling his doll “Annie”
We’ve been trying to add some drawings of birds we’ve seen to our nature journal. Clover loves it. Violet is tortured to no end by it. She’s invited to join, but not required to. But she’ll crash down into the drawing area, draw a quick scribble, become displeased that it doesn’t look like the bird, begin crying and wailing, demand that I draw one for her to color in, and then scream that I’ve ruined her fun and don’t understand her or speak her language if I don’t. Not dramatic at all. Nope.
Clover created this epic lego creation. Can you tell who it is?
i’ve been following almost completely the Ambleside online year old schedule for reading. A few of the titles we’ve left out, and I haven’t been doing a super duper structured art study or hymn study time (though we have been doing them). I find this, plus other things added in is working for us right now. I absolutely love dragging our books outside and reading out there.
Math is a weird one for me. I’ve started trying to mix Singapore and Miquon in and I’m not doing a very good job of it, I fear. We’ll get there though. Having the kids 18 months apart in age and at completely different places as far as ability makes me confused. But Violet insists on being involved. I think my new/old plan is to just try to align to where Clover is at and let Violet learn by osmosis for now. She’s good at plucking things from the atmosphere.
For some reason his dork face reminds me of Peyton Manning here. Hahaha.
One unexpected place where I’ve found a lot of encouragement and inspiration for homeschool life is Instagram. Who knew there was a whole world of weird homeschool families out there sharing their days with one another? So great. Also bad (good?) news for my amazon book wish list because I keep seeing books that look interesting! We do spend quite a bit of time at our local library too, where the librarians know our kids by name, their book preferences, and interests. It’s pretty cool.
I feel like we are actually starting to find our “thing”…..our life style or something. What’s inherently us. Life is really bumpy most of the time though. I’m not gonna lie. Even between shots of my kids seeing epic scenery, there is me in the background yelling at them for fighting, having emotional meltdowns because they’ve totally destroyed the house again and I can’t bear to look at clutter or junk or disaster for another second, them hitting and kicking each other in the back seat, Clover hating what I thought would be an easy idea for school. Etc etc. But in the end, I’m glad we’re together. I like it.
Friday is magical. We are going to head out on a little outing with our nature friends. Daddy will be home this afternoon and everyone will celebrate. I’ll sip wine with my bff tonight. We’ll do homemade pizza like every Friday. The baby is up now and playing with a steak knife, so I think that’s my cue to get out of here. Have a good weekend!