These hats are all the rage right now in the breastfeeding world and I decided to try my hand at creating my own version. My friend (the mama in the photo) suggessted that a tattoo and peircing would make my hats unique and I have to say they are my favorite parts! This is a prototype, the next generation will feature ribbing intstead of the roll brim, but will still include the tattoo and peircing. If you're interested, I'll be taking orders right after Christmas for nursing babies/toddlers/children.
Braidon spotted this water swing (I actually have no idea what it's actual name is) when we first walked in and declared that he had to try it out. When we got around to it, the line was really long and I was not at all enthused about waiting. However, the kids were adamant, so we waited. Well, it was definitely worth the wait. As you can tell from the pictures, they all had a great time. I'm not sure if it was how high they were swinging or the fact that they were getting soaked doing it, but every one of them squealed with delight the entire time they were swinging. Perhaps the most excited child was Olivia, she was absolutely tickled pink. I grunched and grumbled about waiting in line, but this turned out to be my favorite part of the while event. To see my kids so delighted made my entire day.
Olivia has recently discovered a passion for embroidery. Until this morning, she had been doing lots of free-hand stitching, but she expressed an interest in "doing a picture". I asked her what she wanted to stitch and she told me that she thought a tiger hunting in the jungle sounded manageable. I suggested that she start a tiny bit simpler (like with something either of us could actually draw!), perhaps a house? This was acceptable, so I drew the house on the fabric and off she went! She's almost done at this point and we'll be sure to feature it when it's done.
Anna has been diligently working on learning the alphabet and can frequently be seen drawing in her purple Alphabet Adventure book. For whatever letter we are on (I think it's currently "L") we read the corresponding chapter in The Wise Enchanter and then look at the letter and drawings in the Waldorf Alphabet Book and then I draw the letter in her purple book and she draws pictures of things that start with that letter. We only do this when she initiates it and since we started last fall and we're only on "L", you can see that we're not moving at a rapid pace.
Saragh found some chalk and a stick and was happy for almost an hour. Her chalk and her stick both had names, distinct personalities and malicious agendas for taking over the world. For those of you who know Saragh well, this should not surprise you.
We came inside a little while later and I was almost ready to cave in to a movie (it was quite humid and sticky) when I happened to see Hip Mountain Mama tweet about this blog post. I flew into action and captivated the girls by keeping the end result a secret. When we got out to the front porch, clad in bare feet and paint smocks, I gave them the paint and brushes and then didn't hear a thing from them for over an hour!
:: that I apparently have the power to bring on the rain just by watering my veggies
:: Saragh scolding her guinea pig for being rude and not saying thank you when she feeds him.
:: my kids getting so excited when I come home with really good deals from the thrift stores.
:: my parents living 4 minutes away and willing to babysit so I can make an Ikea run
:: a tidy house after 20 minutes of cooperative cleaning
:: the realization of a functional kitchen; 4 years in the making.
:: my husband, because he's not going anywhere and I am absolutely sure of that.
Lately I have really been enjoying time spent with Olivia. She is seven and a half now and she is blossoming and growing at such a rapid rate that I feel like if I don't catch her now, it will be too late. She's at the age that she wants to go places with me because she's feeling like a grown up girl and I love that.
I think what I love the most is that she is becoming more and more comfortable in her own skin. She knows what she likes, she knows what she wants to do and she will not be deterred. I love this about her, even if it causes problems between us at times. I try to remember that I want to preserve this wonderful part of her personality because it will serve her so well in her life.
Earlier in the week, we went to Greenfield Village with a couple of other families. This was our first trip there and it certainly won't be our last. There is so much to do there that I am considering this our orientation trip since we didn't even come close to seeing everything.
As we were gathering up to move to another part of the village, the farmers put the sheep out to pasture. It was so fun to see them all running to the field, you could tell how excited they were to get over there!
After lunch we stopped to watch this glass blower and man was it intriguing. We watched him blow two different vases. It was just amazing to see the process from start to nearly finish. The glass is over 1000 degrees when it is finished being blown, so it has to go in a special oven to cool it down very slowly.
Of course, we had to ride the carousel once! This carousel is over 95 years old and it is in great condition! The girls has a blast riding it and I don't think we'll ever be able to go back without riding it.
I took many more pictures and I plan to write a more detailed post about each of the stops we made. I can't wait to go back again and more thoroughly explore this wonderful place!