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Shadows in the Forest

I bought a sweet game for the children--the dwarves hide behind trees to stay out of the light of the candle an adult moves through the forest.  It looks so magical to play a game in the dark with the dancing shadows.  It seemed simple enough, but there was no end to the consternation over this game.  Some wanted to play by the rules, some wanted to make their own, some just wanted the trees.  Oh, well.  I've packed it away for later.  Jumping Pixies is more our style these days (when Laurel is asleep).

Shadows in the ForestThis is representative of many things in my life lately: learning to back away, slow down, do less or do nothing.  I bought no summer clothes for the children this year.  The ones I bought last year will fit again and we surely don't need more chaos in the mix.  They do better with fewer, again and again.  They're so excited to reunite with their old clothes, anyway.  I've had to really work to keep them out of them, even though they're in the basement.

I've been giving more thought to festivals this year, not necessarily doing more, but doing them more deliberately.  I'm not talking about them much beforehand.  The children aren't aware that St. Patrick's Day is coming soon.  I'm not sure I'll say anything until the day.  The slow, laborious, materialistic build has really been wearing on me.  Easter is less than a month away and I'm thinking about what that will look like for us.  We'll do our usual egg hunt and Spring stories.  I'm thinking we might make Easter poles with a bread chicken on top, but it might be a bit adventurous.  There will surely be some kind of sweet yeast bread for the day.

I think I had more to say, but it evaporated.  Oh, well, there's always something to be done here and I should do it.


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Mar. 9th, 2015 03:44 pm (UTC)
It is a neat game. We're trying to learn it, since everyone thinks it is so darn cute. I think Jumping Pixies might be out of production, but there is a homemade version here: http://webloomhere.blogspot.com/2011/05/jumping-pixies.html
Mar. 10th, 2015 01:41 am (UTC)
Leah will not play board games. She likes to use the pieces for pretend play, but won't do rules. Gnarly likes playing by the rules, though. So board games are just for Gnarly and me, when Leah is doing screen time or is occupied with R. Open-fire board games, however, are NOT for Gnarly; she's so distractible and flaily that it just wouldn't end well :)
Mar. 12th, 2015 06:26 pm (UTC)
Haha. Yes, there is a bit of risk to this game. We do a fair number of candles, so they've got The Fear in them. ;-)
( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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