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A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 

Thanks SouleMama for letting me join.


My goal this homeschooling year, is to make sure we incorporate different arts and crafts into our lessons. Or rather, as lessons/learning processess themselves.  My girls tend to not like to do “history projects, or science projects” for some reason.  Maybe they don’t want “art” muddled up by learning? Funny girls! – Oh well – I’ve always made sure we have good supplies on hand and the girls are welcome to create whatever they’d like, but occasionally they like to have direction! Imagine that – LOL:)  Further into the school year we’ll learn about some well know artists and try our hand at painting like Monet or Picasso – but for now, we’re just playing around with what ever suits our fancy.

We have a couple of different things we’re playing with now…

Trying our hand at making stamps.

This is my very first attempt at carving a rubber stamp!

Not too bad – we’ll be playing around with this more this week – we’ll see how it goes!

Turning old cigar boxes into school supply boxes –

I love old books so I grab them periodically when we’re out thrifting – or sometimes libraries get rid of books that I’ll grab. Rowan decided to cover her box in this old book that was falling apart.

We’ll mod-podge them when the glue dries!

I also have a couple of things I’m mentally planning out – The annual Avalon Anniversary party is coming up – November 3rd and I think we’ve finally narrowed down what each girl wants to do – Jaia and her pony are going to be Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter – Yep! who’s mad?? Must be me! How am I going to get a top hat to stay on a horse’s head! And Rowan, I think,  and her horse are going to be twins!!! Too funny – we’ll find matching t-shirts, make him “jeans” and maybe a baseball cap or hat of some sort…  Fake tattoo maybe?

I ordered and received a pattern to make a Feis dress for Jaia. Right now this is more for practice and for fun – she’s no where near needing a solo dress but hey!  Give me a challenge and I’m going to try!

I finally “finished” the metal cabinet I dragged home. The fabric, of course bubbled as I put the mod-podge on but oh-well – looks decent enough for my first attempt at mod-podging (and it will be in the basement anyway)..

I’m trying my best to allow the girls to try out what ever craft medium they’d like – with in reason of course. We didn’t do a lot of crafty things growing up – in fact – I don’t remember if we had crayons at home, let alone paint or play doh! – so I’ve always been determined that my girls  get the opportunity – and I’m constantly looking for more ideas! No – I take that back, we had crayons at school, where I remember coloring the sheet for art class and having it look just. like. everyone. else…  blah.

Enjoy your day!

Bright Blessings!

Busy with school work.

Bright Blessings!

As you know we go to the barn 2 times a week – sometimes more – but rarely less. Jaia rides, Rowan rides, I read or clean stalls or feed. Sometimes we do all of these things.  Over the last couple of weeks, Jaia has been wanting to take walks around the farm, down the lane etc.. So last week and yesterday, we did that. I’d forgotten how fun, relaxing and  NICE it was to walk with my daughter. Sine the girls have grown and gotten older we’ve concentrated more on book learning than nature learning – we’ve gotten sooo caught up in getting school work finished, riding, cleaning, dance etc.. that we’ve forgotten how to relax (other than t.v that is)… Oh we play games, read, start and finish art projects, sew and play in our back yard – but we rarely take just a nice relaxing walk – sad, yes, yes I know – but J and I are out to remedy that. At least she and I.

So we took a walk – it wasn’t a long walk in terms of distance – couldn’t tell you exactly how long it is honestly – but we meander and look at things and take pictures and enjoy ourselves. Yesterday we found some pretty fantastic seed pods and caterpillars! Oh the caterpillars!  We counted 129 on our walk back to the barn before we had to stop and “rush” back! (it was almost time for lessons) Fuzzy ones, black ones, brown ones, little ones. Jaia was amazed at how many we saw… Among the caterpillars we found….


Cows! They’re rater intimidating looking aren’t they?


I have no idea what this is – we just liked the seed pods!


Close up of seed pods.


Caterpillar exploration.


Pretty purple field flowers.


Pretty white field flowers.


Caterpillars in the grass. Can you see them? At one point in time we found at most 6-8 caterpillars in one square foot of area!


We found a bird’s nest on the ground. This particular bird had actually used a snake skin as part of it’s nest!


Purple cone flower with an inch worm on it.

And finally –


A lesson with a friend for Jaia and a lesson for Rowan also..

Today we will do school work of course – and then Jaia and I are off to park days with our  homeschooling group  –

Enjoy your little things!

Bright Blessings!