Wednesday, October 28, 2009

tap tap tap tap...tap

Yesterday was E.'s last day of tap class, he really had a good time making as much noise with his feet as possible.

Monday, October 26, 2009

2 week check-out

2 week check-out :

our reading...

We all really enjoyed this book, a collection of short stories. Our favorite was: The Dragon Tamers, which is the story about the beginning of all cats.

E. loves the Burgess books, and I remembered he particularly enjoyed this one that we had read together a few years back (but had forgotten). This time around it was just as good, and all the silly stunts that Old Mr. Toad pulls were just as funny.

A very funny mystery book we listened to on audio, about a mysterious bunny. The story is told by the family's pet dog.

An Autumn/harvest book, that will get you all fired up to bake some bread. A very courageous princess and a storyteller dragon save the kingdom.

Friday, October 23, 2009

silk blueberries

As I had a day off yesterday, I was able to attend the local needlework circle. Sooo relaxing, and just what I needed...there was a workshop on silk ribbon embroidery, and I completed this sweet blueberry branch on linen. I was going to applique the square piece on a handkerchief, but since it would have to be washed often maybe this is not such a good option. I would love to hear any ideas.

On another note, my thoughts and energy have been elsewhere and may continue to be so for a bit. I hope to continue posting, but these may consist of few words. To my family and friends, I hope the mere photos will bring you happiness. Peace and love to all of you. Anna

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

What's in the woods, in the dark?

In the woods at dusk. So breathtaking, so calm.

But, what's in the woods, in the dark or should I say pitch black? As soon as we arrived at the lake (which is quite far from our home), we had discovered air quickly escaping from a tire. No problem, we will just put on the spare, right? Ummm, the spare was a wee bit too soft. So I say to M, "at least it's not dark". His reply: "not yet". Yeah, it got very dark and very cold very quickly.
Now here is a confession, I am a cell phone snob. Yes. I dislike everything about them. I hate that people have them with them all the time, especially the type that are attached to a person's ear! I can't stand seeing people walking around talking on them, at restaurants, at the grocery, and even more so when they are driving!! It horrifies me that kids my boys age have cell phones, and are seen texting and talking on them incessently!!! that I have that out of my system, and if you are still reading this thank you for listening to my rant, but I just can't help it.
Okay, that being said. I am very glad M had his work cell with him, as we were able to call grandpa, and by doing so made it out of there to get our tires fixed, and most importantly to not have had to wander somewhere to get help (in the pitch black). And I do mean pitch black, as there are no lights anywhere, but for the stars. You cannot see two feet in front of you.
We came back with grandpa's car and M parked it just so, so that he could see to change the tire with the headlights. Tire fixed and on, I switched the boys to our car and buckled them in as M put away tools. I was just shutting the door of grandpa's car which M would be driving back, when I heard a deep, deep, fierce growl. It sounded as if I could have reached out and pet it, and I may have been able to (as I could not see anything beyond the small circle of light from the headlights). I quickly told M about it as I scrambled in our car (and as he slammed whatever else he was puting away in the back of the car, and jumping in while yelling to just go). So we went, and parked somewhere a bit safer, where he was finally able to put everything away and close all the doors.
When we were safe, I asked if he had heard it and if he thought it was a bear. His reply, "Yes, unless it was a mutant squirrel, and yes it was very very close."
And in case you are wondering if I will now have a cell phone with me at all times. Yeah, but I will only use it in such cases as mutant squirrels.

Monday, October 19, 2009

in the shop

2 sweet babes made with wool and love...

...just added to my shop.

Friday, October 16, 2009

pre nap

What happened as he waited for mama to give him a nap...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

a sunny spot

On a walk today, E. and I looked up at the mountains and saw a sunny spot among the clouds. We desperately wanted to be there.

Monday, October 12, 2009

2 week check-out


A small town tale, with a sweet mystery to solve.

I love VanAllsburg, and anyone wishing Autumn to stay away a bit longer would love this story. A good picture book for older children.

A must read chapter book, for anyone wishing to turn their home into an Antarctic free-for-all. E. gave it 4 thumbs up.

J. can't get enough of this silliness (that and being able to say every color over and over again). It was one of E.'s favorites as well.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Friday, October 2, 2009


One of my favorite bloggers, Sara, also known as Farmama, has passed on to me the Kreativ Blogger Award. If you would like to be inspired by an amazing mama, you just can't put off visiting. And I mean amazing, besides the awesome job of being a mom, she takes beautiful photos, keeps an organic farm along with her family, spins, knits, bakes beautifully, and is a fellow homeschooler! Thank you Sara.

Here's what Kreativ Blogger Award recipients are supposed to do:
1. Copy the award to your site.
2.Link to the person to whom you received the award.
3. Nominate 7 other bloggers.
4. Link to those sites on your blog.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you nominate.
.....and you are also to list 7 things about yourself.

7 things about me...

1 I believe orange is the best color. It is so full of light and happiness.

2 My second job (mom, being the 1st and most important), is as a librarian.

3 If a day has gone by and I have not created something, I feel as if the day has not been lived fully.

4 I have always wanted to learn to play a musical instrument, maybe this will be the year.

5 I have lived on a farm, waaaaaaaay up in the isolated mountains of central Mexico (some of my happiest memories are here).

6 As a child I loved wearing buckle shoes, my favorites were a brownish red leather pair. I now own only one pair, and they are made out of light brown canvas.

7 I love my husband's eyes.

7 blogs I love.........

1 small wonders Your home, your boys, your way...beautiful.

Gardengloriousgoodness, if that was a word, that is what her blog would be.

3red dirt mother
I love Lizz's down to earth blog. The simple, loving, learning world she has created for her family is an ideal way of life that would do all good. She and her family have worked together to create the most amazing shop on Etsy, it is my favorite: Zoo Loo Naturals.

4 Bluebirdbaby
This woman has chickens in her yard (really, just that is enough for me), not to mention the fact that I am enraptured with her photography. Her blog is a sweet, honest look at the beauty in life.
5 waldorf mama
I want to live at her house! Waldorf Mama :: Natural Beauty.

6 puhti
Soooooo creative. I love, love, love, her art and her animal masks are so too much.

7 Pocketful of Bliss
Last, but most definitely not least. This is my sis-in-law's blog. She is a crazy, fun-lovin', homeschoolin', super-de-dooper mom, and scrapper extraordinaire. Love her!

...if you would rather not participate, that is so okay. I just wanted you to know that your blogs truly are lovely. Peace and love. Anna