Charlotte has been taking swim lessons for a month now. She's doing so well. She's gone from a "strangle hold" on the teachers neck to jumping in by herself with only a float belt. It's going to make this summer so much more fun with her being comfortable in the water. I found this bathing suit at a consignment sale for $2!! She was so excited because she had requested a bathing suit with a skirt so she could "look like a princess" when she swims.
Bathing suits are also great fashion statements while pulling your brother around in a tiny wagon made for blocks.
I taught Charlotte how to make necklaces from flowers. I was amazed at how fast she caught on.
Don't you love her PJ's that are 3 sizes too big? A very generous friend gave us 2 big boxes of hand-me-downs and Charlotte loved these so much that she couldn't wait until they were big enough to fit her. She wore them all day on Sunday.
Evan is loving saying "I'm a BIG boy... I'm a REAL big boy!" And he also loves helping me. He put away all the silverware from the dishwasher the other day.
He also wanted to spread his own butter on his bread. It started off pretty well.....
"Ummm.... Evan, I think you have enough now..."
"Whoa! Okay, buddy, that's good." (I quickly took most of that off when he wasn't looking... don't tell him)
We have 3 black locust trees behind our back fence. They're all within 10 feet of each other in a triangle so it really looks like one big mass of black locust. We have a bench right under the branches and I sat on the bench the other afternoon and enjoyed the sweet smell of the flowers.
A lovely dinosaur panel! Found it at Kelvin's of Bernina. It was bright & colorful. Had to have it.
It was small & sweet. So had to make it bigger. Framed it with a 2" black & white dragonfly fabrics. Then decided to use 3 different colored polkadot fabrics - aqua blue, red & green. Cut them up in 4.5" squares and made them into 2 rows. Finished it off with a 5" yellow fabric.
Backing fabric is a very dark (almost black) blue with white flowers and went back to the black & white dragonfly for its binding.
"Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of the warrior, so are the children of one's youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate." Psalm 127:3-5
The verse above is one I very firmly believe. Children are indeed an incredibly great blessing, a wonderful gift from our Father above. Parenting is a very special job that God has given us and it is my great desire to do it well. I know I don't do it at all perfectly, I make mistakes all the time! But thank-fully God is patient with me, and he doesn't require perfect parents before He gives us the gift of children!
I have decided to write a series on parenting. I started thinking about it a lot when I have visited with my sister-in-laws and some other new mothers. They would ask questions and it was fun to share with them how we have done different things. We haven't always followed the "normal" route (The one advised by a pediatrician) and I realized how encouraging it can be for others who are contemplating going a route less traveled to hear that it did work for somebody else as well. This series will be basically a journal of what we have done, it will be a "works for me" post. Obviously that doesn't mean that the way we have done it is the only "right" way, and I hope that never does anybody feel like I am putting down their parenting style. I am just hoping to share what has worked for us in hopes of encouraging others that want to try it that way too.
Some of the topics I plan to share on are:
Pregnancy and preparation
Natural Childbirth (and for one child-a home birth)
Natural health care
Feeding baby and also children
Child Training and discipline
and much, much more!
When I was trying to come up with a title for this series I thought about calling it "Relaxed Parenting", as one of the things that has been very important to me in parenting is to not be high-strung and stressed about this job. We do need to take our job seriously but at the same time I don't think we need to be stressed out about it. God gave them to us as a blessing, something we can enjoy. I decided not to call it Relaxed Parenting because I think the wrong idea of never taking care of your children could be thought of and I didn't want that. Another term I have heard lately, and I do think it applies to our style, and that is slow parenting. It is when you avoid the often normal rushed lifestyle of many and just let the kids be kids. Don't have them enrolled in tons of educational programs (sports, dance, science club, music, etc.) but rather let them enjoy playing outdoors after chores and schoolwork are done. Have fun exercising and such as a family, not each family member heading their own direction.
In each post of the series I plan on sharing our story on the subject and then I will make a list of the specific things that work for me, like this:
Not following our current culture in parenting works for me.
Enjoying our children instead of being stressed works for me.
I would love to have you join me for this series and I also look forward to hearing your stories, what has worked for you in parenting! I will try to post this series every Wednesday but I am sure there will be days that I will miss every so often. :-)
It was a lovely panel of children and their innocence, at the beach. I most certainly couldn't resist it!
The panel I bought came with 10 such lovely pictures. I chose only 6 to work with. Each block measured about 7" X 10". Decided to frame the blocks with a 1.5" sea blue marbled fabric, and knew I wanted a buttermilk color next.
Went back to the same blue and because I wanted some red somewhere . . . found this cream-reddish flower and went with it. Wasn't too sure about it, crossed my fingers tho'.
Now, the backing fabric I like - white & cream lines. Perfect I thought. Back to the blue for binding.
Hmmmm, it's pretty long. What do u think? Lovely! or just OK? Adore the pictures tho :-)
While Mum was here in WA I took the oportunity to hand her my camera to take a few photos of us as a family. Not something that we get too often, usualy it is me behind the camera. This photo is our first photo taken of us as a family of four. This one is the whole family dressed up ready to go to a 70s Fancy Dress Birthday Family. We are a hippie family .... kind of...I couldn't convince Adrian to wear a long wig and head band!! I have yet to print out a copy of the photos to scrap!!
I went seedling hunting this morning and I was so excited with how my "babies" were growing. I thought I'd share their progress with you. When we were preparing the beds last week, I found this strawberry plant in one of the beds. I didn't plant it and I'm not sure where it came from. I haven't had a strawberry plant in the garden for 2 years. I protected it and now it has a home in the middle of my pea patch. I'm excited to see how it does.
Here are some of the peas. They're growing well.
Broccoli (I would also take pictures of the kohlrabi, cabbage and cauliflower but all of the seedlings look the same)
Romaine lettuce with red onion slips in the background.
Brussels Sprouts! Yay! Thanks to my sister for sharing her seeds with me.
Broccoli Raab. (Thanks again, Katie)
And Carrots! Already! I'm so excited to have carrot seedlings starting to come up after only a week. I've worked really hard this time to make sure to keep the beds moist. It's been so dry that some days I had to water the beds twice a day to keep them from drying out. It paid off though :)
and yet doe not bridle his tongue but decieves his own heart,
this man's religion is worthless.
Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this:
to visit orphans and widows in their distress,
and to keep oneself unstained by the world."
This spoke to me because something that I am always needing to work on is watching my tongue. I tend to like to talk which gives a lot of opportunity to say the wrong thing. I am glad for this reminder to keep my tongue in check and think before I talk!
I am also so glad for the reminder of what real religion is. Helping the helpless. I want to do that more.