October 31st — Scary

It is near impossible these days to get all my children to look in one direction and be still. LOL This does not mean they are not behaved however, just that I am accepting of the stages they are in the needs they have. With all that trick or treating excitement in them, who can […]

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Pumpkin Births!

Source for this one is Lisa Goins from what I can tell. If you know different, please let me know! Blessed Birth Doula Services Made this one: Looking at these two photos can you see the difference? They make me giggle a bit because I have been in both positions and they are as different […]

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October 25th — Being a Big Sister is hard!

My little sister the beautiful wild pirate. Being a big sister is hard. – Little sister wanted to do everything I did. – Having to watch her, change diapers, help with homework. – Having to take her on dates with me! – Having everyone enamored with the baby in the family. – The list goes […]

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October 24th — Scary Beautiful

If you didn’t know, I am a tree hugging, attachment parenting, liberal, free thinker. I can’t say I come from that lot though some things make me thing the apples in my family tree didn’t fall far apart! My sister, her girl friend, and their baby have been here the last few months. I was […]

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October 23rd — Maryland Ren Fair

We made it out on a beautiful fall day to the Maryland Ren Fair. Here are some notes about the day. – Entry was a bit high, we paid about $44 for 2 adult tickets but thankfully kids under 4 are free. – We had read about horrible lines and expected them to be bad […]

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October 22nd

Fall is here and soon little cousin will be back off to Grandmas. We have really enjoyed having him here. He is a such a sweetie. I wanted to get a photo with them all together, my mothers biological grandchildren all together. I should have learned how to pose children for such photos as it […]

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October 21st

More pumpkins like we did yesterday for the mantel place! Very cute! Scrap book paper worked well but so did the construction paper kind on the right of this photo.

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True Love

True love is many things. Often I am reminded of it. Tonight is one of them. So many things going on, medical, social, ethical and I found myself a bit of a puddle today. My husband, my best friend, reminds me why I love him more than any other. True love is staying up as […]

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October 20th

It is not such a shame that I could not figure out what to do with the mantel place above the fire place for fall. Why? Because it helped me find this craft idea! The little kids cut strips of scrap paper about an inch wide using the paper cutter. I put a little hole […]

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The insanity of humans….

In Ohio yesterday it was reported that 51 animals where set free before their owner, an animal handler, killed himself. He was not a hero saving animals, he used them, and there are reports of him abusing them. It is sad and wrong. However what happened next disturbs me to the core. It was decided […]

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October 19th

I can’t say that while company has been visiting that we have hit the books hard. Much time has been spent playing and it has value. Specially when Aunty sets her camping equipment to make a kid fort! They had a great time! “Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.” […]

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October 18th

Night after night you can here the shuffle of lego pieces, it is like what I picture having racoons in the attic must be like. Sometimes it is still heard come 3am. Sometimes this peaceful mama can’t take it anymore and tells the oldest she needs to go. to. bed. because I have no idea […]

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October 17th — Webs

I had seen this idea a bit ago, though I can not find where now. Please if you know, remind me ok! My tween and I made these this afternoon. It was harder than she expected and broke one myself actually. She however broke about 20 so have extras on hand! Very cheap and very […]

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October 16th — Mini Candy Apples

Oh for the joy of Fall and Apple fun! This project I did with my husband, my almost 4 year old and almost 6 year old. By far my husband was the hardest to wrangle. More about this soon. Please forgive me for the amateur photos. Needed: – 4 large apples (organic is best!) – […]

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October 15th

Fall is here, and it is that time of year. Step 1 — Go for a very long walk and collect different kinds of fall leaves. Step 2 — Gather block crayons and paper that is not very heavy. Step 3 — Let kids pick out colors of crayons that they see in the leaves. […]

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October 14th — Hot Humidifier?

Do you have a hot vaporizer/humidifier? Do you like it? Feel safe using it? The above is my vicks/walgreens vaporizer (about $20). My mother always called them humidifiers. They are not my first choice for helping with colds are there are more dangers than with cold air humidifiers. However I have more than a few […]

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October 13th — Essential Oils for Colds

Essential Oils have long been used to help heal illness. I am no expert on them though have used them for years for many reasons. My last midwife swore by a certain kind of them for near everything. I like to have a few of them around for natural remedies. My last post was about […]

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October 12th — Are you ready for the flu?

I wasn’t. And we might have it! My oldest and youngest are sick. As parents sometimes the worst runs through our mind, what if it is something bad like whooping cough? Most of the outbreaks are mainly in vaccinated populations so that is no sure protection. Then we try and calm down and think we […]

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October 11th — Importance of instruction

This picture is of my Kinder sons main lesson book work for the letter C, using Oak Meadow curriculum for Kindergarten. Simple enough, a curved cat representing the one in the story that we read. Waldorf inspired homeschooling has the parenting instructing the student with most things. The parent will draw their own image, showing […]

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October 10th — Fail Fail Fail

So I finally got my laptop back from Geek Squad. If you remember it went in for being 204F degrees. The repair note said heat sink was loose and it was repaired. Great! I turned it on and in three minutes it was up to 210F and threatening to burn my lap. What the heck […]

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October 9th

My butterfly baby! When pregnant with her I was 19 and would joke I would give birth to a butterfly. I loved the fluttering feeling. This wonderful face painting art was done by someone at the Maryland Ren fair. My daughter was taken by her Aunty and had a wonderful time. Clearly! We will all […]

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October 8th — Mohoc Hat!

This is my Nephew! He is adorable! He and his Mommies have been staying with us the last few months while working the Ren Fair here. He is a year old! I made him a mohoc hat and a taggy blanket for his many car trips, my husband got him big legos! Everyone loves this […]

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The battle to change Birth fears!

I am sharing information about my births in hopes it might help someone else. I am a mother of 4, surrogate mother of 2. I have given birth 6 times to 6 healthy children. I love pregnancy, birthing, babies, and helping. So maybe that is why I really value the women the last few years […]

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October 7th — Play Silks

One of the questions I was asked this week was “What gift to get a 2 year old?” and the first thing to pop into my head was play silks. We had discovered them on our homeschooling waldorf inspired journey and we love them. From baby to tween! The above photo is of my 3 […]

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October 5th — Pretend Play

Pretend play is important to childhood. While many children are being glued to desks as young as three now, others are protecting childhood by letting children do what they do, naturally learn by play and imitation. Sitting still in one spot for hours with no creativity or room for expression is not normal and I […]

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October 4th — Video Games

One might wonder why a waldorf inspired homeschool family would support video games, or for that matter be a military family, the latter I have spoken of before and will again, but for now let me explain former. My husband and I are Geeks. Is it that simple? Course not. We would not expose our […]

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October 3rd

The littles colored on pumpkins at Meme and Pepe’s house on their Kid Vacation. They had a wonderful time. We talked everyday on the phone and even used video chat. It was hard being away from them but I think it helped us grow closer. October is here, time to have gratitude for all the […]

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October 2nd — Learning to Crochet

On the Kid Vacation my oldest daughter was busy trying to help Meme learn to crochet. It seems lots of people wish they could do it and what better time to learn than right now. I think when the wind turns cold we all get a whisper of something telling us to get ready. I […]

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October 1st — Banned Book Week

This past week has been Banned Book Week! I love this week and take time to check out what books on the lists I have already read, what ones I love, what I want to read next. One of the ones my children specially love was banned in some schools in the 90’s. They said […]

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