If you’re happy and you know it…

…give a hug

…blow a kiss

Day for Love

Pretty red hearts (trace heart outline in the air)
And two by two (hold up two fingers on each hand)
Holding hands (clasp hands together)
And “I love you” (hold hands to heart)

Scented flowers (pretend to sniff flowers)
From garden vines,
A day for love—St. Valentine’s!

Five Little Valentines

Five little valentines
From the corner store.
I gave one to Mommy;
Now there are four!

Four little valentines,
Pretty ones to see.
I gave one to Brother (or Sister or friend’s name);
Now there are three!

Happy Candlemas!

The day started out a little crazy, but ended nicely. After we finally got going (must make an effort to address these lazy starts!) and everyone had breakfast, I set Katie Grace up with handwriting while I cleaned. Then I kept her going with a spring in the big woods pictures while I cleaned. Then I still needed to clean, so she drew a picture of her family and Laura’s family. At that point, I was pretty much done cleaning, so we cuddled up in the chair and read a few chapters of Farmer Boy.

Today was another crabby, get-nothing-done sort of day. Cuddling in bed til 9 is nice, but it completely throws me off my routine. Also, I have another dang cold. Then to top it off, I turned the computer on this morning instead of waiting til night like I’ve been trying to do, and pretty much got sucked in all day long. So, I pretty much did nothing today. I feel like the whole day was a waste. 🙁

What our day looked like 😀

7:15 Woke up, meant to get out of bed. Nicholas was cuddled up next to me, and had somehow managed to get his hand under my shirt and had it resting on my big baby belly. Decided I didn’t want to move.

8:30 Michael came in and said goodbye, and so did Chip. Nicholas finally woke up and Katie Grace climbed into bed and we lay there snuggling and talking to the baby for another 15 minutes.

So, we’re almost done with Little House in the Big Woods and have just about made the transition from K12 back to a more Waldorf-inspired way of schooling. We’ve set math aside for a bit, but she still likes to read to me everyday, so we do that. I do want her to have that “relationship” with the letters and numbers and understand not just how to write them and what sounds they make, but the “qualities” of them, so we’re going to do the fairy tale/letter thing next.

I came to the realization tonight that the big reasons weekends are so stressful is that we have no rhythm. This is not good. I also finally made a connection that this is why everyone breaks down after dinner as well. So, my goal for the next week is to try to think of a way to add a little rhythm and structure to our weekends and evening after dinner but before bedtime. Suggestions are happily accepted.