Monday, December 24, 2012

december moments.

so...i haven't been in this space for sooo long...about a month or so because the last time i tried to upload pictures...it told me my limit was reached.  i was going to take care of it after the holidays but i guess for at least this post, i don't have too!  maybe waiting four weeks helps:)   so, many wishes and love and peace.  hold your families tight and be thankful.  enjoy the return of light, the holidays, the friends and family, food and end of year festivities.  be well.  see you soon. 

the tree and train...beloved christmas treasures.
playing cards at papa's gig.
making ornaments.
many many walks at *our* trestle bridge.
chanukah!
our yearly nutcracker tradition with zevy this time!!  (he fell asleep at the very very end)
my ballet boy.
zevy as drosselmeyer.
three boys.
salt dough ornaments!
imagine the chaos...
more walks to the trestle bridge...playing drums on the way.
the first ski trip of the year...up to sugarloaf!!! so much fun!!
better late than never...asher's baby that i made him (from a kit) for chanukah!  finished just the other day but loved all the same.

Monday, November 19, 2012

busy days.

just a shot of a busy kitchen.
the large table and the peaceful *before*.
the crazy/cozy feasting.
hanging out by the fire (with whiskey for some) when the inside got too crowded. 
welcome!
taking Nahum to a ballet performance of Hansel and Gretel.

clay turkeys with real feathers from the turkeys we just butchered.  i was so happy to think of using the real feathers and not the store bought ones (that we didn't have anyway!)!!
our thankful tree...
apple crafts...so many apples..
We had a really busy week and weekend and this week is another busy one.  I decided to stay home and only work on Thanksgiving crafts and playing instead of focusing on schoolwork.  Good thing since after lunch Nahum announced that his belly hurt.  He ended up taking a nap and laying on the couch for the rest of the day (no dinner!!).  I haven't seen him down like this in a couple of years!  What a bummer for my guy.  Hope he feels better in the morning!

We had our usual *Friends Thanksgiving* at our place.  Rick and his people started it eighteen years ago...!  What a great evening of feasting and socializing.  There were many kids in attendance as well (more and more as the years trickle by).  We had a huge table set for 32 and with the kids there weren't enough seats!  It made our house cramped and cozy with adults and kids alike shouting and laughing. 

We also managed to sneak in a few Thanksgiving crafts today before the holiday (phew).  On Sunday I took Nahum to see Hansel and Gretel put on by one of the local-ish ballet companies around here.  He really loves his ballet class and if I pretend not to notice I can catch him twirling and leaping and sashaying around the house.  

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

homeschool update.

martinmas lanterns

muffins from our baking day.

voting!  so old school here, huh?!

a walk at our favorite dog friendly place...now covered in leaves!

the knights we made.

a giant cloth bum in a new cover. cute!!

rock wall for the first time!

we can't wait to go again!!  i used to boulder all the time but haven't in 15 years!! how is that possible!?




our first forays into the world of superheros.  zevy loves spiderman right now.

yup, again.  this dog!

back to our outdoor class for some serious debris hut building and chicken killing.  learning to give thanks to mother earth for all she gives.  next month we get to make a soup outside over a fire with the chicken. 

little ashybee (or poppybee-as he calls himself) in the debris hut nahum and some other kids built.


better view of the debris hut.
life is full.  life is grand.  we have so much to be thankful for and i am trying to say it to myself at least a couple times a day! 

Friday, November 9, 2012

first snow.




5:30 am...camera phone out the bedroom window!
i have been waiting (not so patiently) for the first snow.  a true sign of the season coming.  we were up and outside by 6:30 or so...the dog and i first, nahum dressing as quickly as possible behind me and the two little guys shortly followed.  i had to call them in for breakfast.  all for 2, maybe 3 inches of snow.  funny how that first snow is like magic.  i had hot chocolate waiting for them as a special treat and there were exclamations of, "i knew it...i knew you would make hot chocolate" and "i love hot chocolate and snow".  then we watched the rain wash our snow away.  
 
welcome winter weather and come back soon.