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Time has really gotten away from me.  Even October and the beautiful leaves have, too.  I think these must be the busiest days of my parenting, so far.  Mike being gone most of the time, children who still need a lot of help or supervision, outside work still to be done and school work, too.  It's a lot!  When I present our lives here, this is really it for us.  We're not doing any secret extra stuff, and what is here is absolutely enough to keep me on my toes and needing to hit the ground running each day.  I am trying to live more in the moment this year, instead of thinking so far ahead.  Turns out, this season of life is mainly about living in the moment, as getting ahead is just a dream!


SteinerBooks sends out several catalogs a year, each one with a theme.  This one must be my absolute favorite--it has all the parenting books, picture books, board books, Elsa Beskow books, and educational books.  Enki has me covered on most of my educational materials, at this point.  However, I am a big fan of Floris Books and Hawthorn Press, and SteinerBooks is their distributor here in the US.  It is rather fun to see all the books that we have that are in this catalog, even if I have bought most of them used (some for a penny!).


Roan is drawing people again.  He hadn't drawn any for about a year.  I don't really know why (and yes, I have books that talk specifically about children's drawings).  He would just scribble or draw train tracks over and over, so I asked him if he could draw a person.  He did!  And I think he feels very proud about it.  Roan really needs all the chances he can get to feel competent and in control of himself, I think.

The Bookstore

I did some agressive furniture moving on Saturday.  The hutch got moved and the homeschool and decorative things got switched to different cabinets.  Mainly, I was tired of having to keep all the lesson books and things up high, only to fall on me and dent the hutch when I tried to get them.  I know Grandma Lois would not be pleased, or maybe she would. . . I made a little spot with a bench, a lamp, and a playstand.  Willow turned it into her bookstore, which has been really nice.  She gets lots of customers for her seasonal selection.  That book, When Autumn Comes, is really a treasure. It has wonderful photos and takes you from the start to the end, when Winter is in the air. It feels like that lately--it's in the low twenties right now!

Pumpkin Witch

And here's another sweet thing Willow made. She saw this tiny detail in Babybug magazine (which is Roan's) and recreated it with our pumpkins. Speaking of magazines, the children get them as birthday gifts and I have intentionally kept them young, which I think has turned out well. Babybug goes to three, but Roan loves it at 4.5. It's a quick read and something for him to share with me. I honestly don't think that Laurel would get much out of it, at nearly two. Willow still gets Ladybug, which goes to six (I think) and we'll keep that going until she is able to read it herself. I don't say all this to advertise for magazines, but I have found these to be suitable and I think we are too often in a hurry to have children grow up. It's okay to find contentment where you are. Life provides many completely free opportunities to stretch and grow without toys or books to push things along.

You know me, this is nothing new. ;-) And with that, it's time to get started on breakfast and wake up Mike for yet another week in Arkansas.


( 7 trees — Plant a Forest )
Oct. 19th, 2015 03:28 pm (UTC)
I totally agree about letting the littles stay young. This is only in comparison to the rush for kids to grow into older and older toys. My son is also reading Babybug. Kim and Carrots are a great first read...short to read, a quick little story, characters to love.
Oct. 20th, 2015 11:01 am (UTC)
Re: Spiritmama
I find the age ranges on many toys to be in discord to the child's abilities at that age. My four year old loves toddler toys and my almost seven year old loves the things recommended for three year olds.
Oct. 19th, 2015 07:29 pm (UTC)
Aww, Gnarly loved Babybug. We never had a subscription, but we were given a few used copies. She really likes to keep her reading stuff young, with ventures into older stuff, and I agree. No rush!

I love Roan's people! Leah has been drawing more lately, too, after not touching pencils for the longest time.
Oct. 20th, 2015 11:03 am (UTC)
I had never seen Babybuyg until Roan got it. I love the simplicity and minimal pressure on academics. ;-)

I love his people, too. He has such a light touch with drawing and painting, despite his strength and temper (while being a very sweet fellow).
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Oct. 20th, 2015 11:06 am (UTC)
I do like that Cricket will let you change your magazine any time. We got spider for awhile, but it was just too academic for the age range they recommended.

Oddly, I really loved Sesame Street and Blue's Clues for a long time. I feel even a little embarrassed saying that. ;-)

Whether one agrees with his spiritual science or not, it is hard to deny that Steiner really somehow knew what he was talking about. It's being proven more and more as the years pass.

Childhood is so precious, yes.
Oct. 20th, 2015 05:06 pm (UTC)
( 7 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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