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Showing posts from September, 2018

The Cart

About six months ago, I acquired a three-tiered wheeled cart. I had a vague idea of stocking it with (what I consider) essentials and keeping it close to wherever I was, post baby.
It has become one of the best ideas I've ever had, and validation of my conviction that I would enjoy living in an Airstream trailer. It's replaced the nightstand on my side of the bed, and it follows me wherever I go, an easy way of transporting necessary items while also carrying a baby, without having to make trips or risk dropping anything, or figure out where to put it once I get there.

The tiers are divided as follows: top tier, journaling and miscellaneous, middle tier, baby things, bottom tier, knitting. My logic for that was to put the baby things where they would be easily accessible to a seated adult or a standing child, bagged items on the bottom, and loose shiny tempting things on the top where I could keep an eye on them.

Jokingly stuck a chair magnet on The Cart, as the only thing it&…

Fading Summer

Two months old already! The past few months feel like they've flown by - but Juniper has settled so nicely into our family that it feels like we've always had him.

He's grown from a much-adored sleepy little squish to a big squish who smiles a lot and loves to be talked to.

We've all been keeping busy. Adam was gone for most of August at a military school, and Brooklyn and Tobin got to taste test a possible new kids menu item at our favorite restaurant (they decided that they prefer their usual of dipping chips in refried beans).

Brooklyn's beloved art class has started back, and we also started "school" - in quotation marks because at this point it's really just an amplified version of what we normally do. We've been intentionally choosing nonfiction books at the library, writing daily poetry like EE Cummings, and doing lots of science experiments.

So far, we've made rock candy crystals, tornadoes, and rain (the pretty way and the accurate w…

What We Learned in August

Everyone can learn a lesson from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, grownups included
That hand waving may seem aimless,  but the baby can totally grab your hair if you get it too close
Sometimes you just have to snack your way through the last few hours of a day and start fresh tomorrow

The more slowly you grow your crystals, the larger and better they will be
You don't need kindergarten science curriculum  when you have Pinterest and YouTube 
The best way to ensure a dry week is to make a rain gauge

EE Cummings wrote a poem every day and we should too
When taking dictation from an enthusiastic 5 year old, record first then write so you don't miss half of it
You can't always predict what will be a hit and what won't, so try everything

The line between science and art is very blurry
and so is the line between "fun" and "school"
Learning is more fun when everyone does it together
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