Peaceful Wednesday

Yesterday was supposed to be our “new commitment” to Waldorf-inspired living and routines, but it just didn’t happen. We all have been ill, starting with Michael on Christmas Eve. The penultimate moment of patheticness was Michael moaning “Why can’t we just have a nice Christmas like everyone else” on the way to the doctor with double pink eye. Yesterday was my turn at the doctor’s, and I found out I had both a sinus infection AND a double ear infection. Needless to say, I spent most of my day asleep in bed and left DH in charge, which meant a good deal of television. Sigh.

But today… today was a thing of beauty.

I hauled my pregnant heiney out of bed at 7–lately I’ve stayed in bed til the last possible moment–and got some chores done while the kids set the table and DH made breakfast. Then we all sat down and ate together, something that never happens at breakfast. I can’t begin to tell you how grateful the children were. They were just tickled pink!

As Michael got ready to go to school, I helped Katie Grace and Nicholas get their coats and woolies on, and we went for a walk. Just around the block, but still, it was enough to get the blood flowing. We enjoyed listening to the birdies, and came home ready to work.

When we got home, we did some school. Katie Grace is only in kindergarten, but we had been doing k12 which is fairly accelerated. I’m going to have to find a balance between keeping up with her interests without pushing her. I feel like now that she’s started reading and doing math, we can’t unring the bell, but I know the frenetic pace was really getting to her. I consider this to be one of my biggest failings.

Circle time was lovely. Nicholas loved it. We had a theme of “Winter Woods,” and Nicholas especially enjoyed a game of Grey Squirrel where we hid a beanbag “nut” for each other to find.

Katie Grace and I learned some shoe tying rhymes from A Child’s Seasonal Treasury and she did a pretty good job tying her shoes. We did some more household chores together and sang a bit, and then had lunch.

After lunch, I told them the story of The Mitten and we had fun playing with our little wooden animals. We also set up a tableau of winter woods and animals near our circle time candle. Then we decorated some paper mittens, and Katie Grace laced hers.

We had quiet time, which did include Bob the Builder. I’m a little torn here. I’m ashamed to admit that the TV has been on in the mornings as well as from 2:30 to 3:30 so I can get a little nap. What can I say–I’m pregnant and I NEED that nap! And Nicholas seemed very thrown off by not having the television in the morning. Frankly, I don’t want to cut that hour in the afternoon. This pregnancy has me exhausted. I need to examine this some more, I think.

We did some painting this afternoon. Nothing complicated, just white paint on dark blue paper. Then Michael and Katie Grace went to basketball practice and choir practice and Nicholas and I got some cuddle time. When they came home, we had crockpot beef stew and some nice crusty bread, and then they all helped Daddy clear the table.

The day went really well. There are some things I need to tweak, but I feel like we made absolutely the right decision to get back into this. The whole day feels like a blessing.

1 Comment

  1. Annette,
    I don’t remember how I stumbled across your newsletter/curriculum/etc but somehow I did and I’ve just now read your blog. I just wanted to thank you firstly, for aspiring to live according to that which you think is true. What courage it takes to actually do that! From what I’ve read so far, we have much in common in terms of what we believe to be true and thus I’m grateful to have a model to which I can look. Secondly, I want to give you kudos for your honesty about the whole television thing. I hear you sister! My first son (Aidan, now 4 1/2) truly never watched television until my second son was born (August, now 2). It was amazingly easy to orchestrate our day without the intruding television. But once I let it sneak in (and for me it was for a break as well) it tries daily to take over. Most folks in natural parenting circles simply won’t speak to the struggle television can be in a household, which leads me to believe that many people aren’t being honest and want to put forth an image that is not true. I think that the answer for my family is going to simply be to get rid of the darn thing. Anyway, I just wanted to encourage you and spur you on to good deeds, knowing that there are others of us out here who are living your same reality. Glad to meet a new friend!
    Holly Grantham

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