Saturday, March 31, 2012

An Enchanted Childhood Playschool ~ March 12th ~ March 23rd ~ The Letters U & V

We have been asked many times to write up our "lesson plans" so others could use them.  Honestly, we just spend a little time thinking about how we want the "school year" to look and go from there.  We wing-it a lot, doing impromptu things that add to our plans.  I am always amazed that anyone would think what we do is worthy of writing down for others to read, but here it goes!

Come join us, at An Enchanted Childhood Playschool, as we continue to work through a letter of the alphabet each week: learning the sound, the ASL sign, the shape, and having all sorts of fun with related activites!

U is for Umbrella!

We also celebrated the Spring Equinox, which has nothing to do with our Aphabet Study, but who can pass up a chance to celebrate SPRING!! We made this cute "Day and Night Are Equal" craft and
enjoyed reading Mama, Is it Summer Yet? , a sweet book about the changing seasons.

The Letter V

V is for Violets!!

V is for Volcano!


Friday, March 30, 2012

Calling All Crafters

I am planning another week of giveaways in honor of Bunny's 2nd birthday. (Last Year's Birthday Giveaways) If you have a store or shop that you would like to advertise, and would like to take part in a giveaway, please email me at  ASAP.

That Moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama. A single photo capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

I cheated a little.. looking back through old pics I came across what just might be
our best playschool picture ever.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Whooops... Sigh... Ugg...

My apologies to anyone who tried to comment lately... I didn't realize comments were closed.

But with a smile like this, you'll forgive me, right?!?!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Squirrely's "Nutty Brown Owl" Dress

This is the first thing I have sewn for Squirrely. I wanted to find some cute squirrel or chipmunk fabric (if anyone knows of some, leave me a comment telling me where), but the acorns showed up first and I figured they would work well for a little Squirrely. I also love these awesome little owls (Whooo doesn't love owls?) so I decided to put them together and see what I could come up with.

I used a sleeveless baby shirt as a pattern for the top, and just cut it longer to create a dress.

Remembering to leave extra room for seam allowance, I cut two of each.

Placing one of each pattern face to face, I sewed along the edges of the sides, arm holes, shoulder straps, and neck. I left the bottom open.

 After turning this piece right side out, I top stitched along the arm holes, shoulder straps, and neck. (top stitching is optional, but it does give the piece a more finished look). I left the sides plain.

To deal with the open bottom, I tucked the edges of the fabric inside and pinned it in place to top

Follow all previous steps for the other side.

Placing the two halves (same side up) together on one side, I ran a long stitch connecting them together (thus why there was no need to top stitch the sides previously). I repeated this on the other side.

After cutting off any extra thread, I tied the two shoulder straps together to create a knot.

 I now have a sweet reversible dress for Squirrely!

Wonderfull (Full of Wonder) Wednesday

Looking for the wonder in everyday life!  I'd love for you to join me on this journey.  If you find wonder along the way today, please leave a link in the comments, so others can share in your wonder!

It may not be so wonderfull to be "under the weather", but a soft blanket, a book, and a cozy spot to read and "peep" (sleep)  makes it wonderfull indeed. 

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder without any such gift from the fairies, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in” ~ Rachel Carson

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Seeds of Change

There is something about the spring air that inspires change. I step onto my porch in the mornings with Bunny on my hip and Squirrley bouncing happily around in my ever growing belly. I close my eyes and breath it deep into my lungs. For just a moment, I hold it there. Somehow allowing it to work its magic. That fairy magic is everywhere these days. I find it in a fist full of dandelions and the wish that is made as little seeds float off into the breeze. I find it is the sunlight, reflecting off of Bunny's golden curls. I find it under my bare feet, down deep in the dirt. I find it everywhere.

The magic fills me to the brim. It reminds me that nothing can hibernate forever. Not the tiny buds in the pear trees. Not the trickling creek. Not me.

I, quite recently, made my blog private. The decision to do so was based upon a piece of hate mail I received. I posted this on Facebook:

My husband and I have made the decision to make my blog Like Mama Like Daughter, more private. It can now be viewed by invite only. The reason for this change is that I received a disturbing comment (that was more like a letter) attacking my family. After the initial shock passed, we talked and prayed about it and decided that we didn't want the kind of person that would feel this way having access to our day to day life. We have worked very hard to lead a simple life and hate has no place in it. The purpose of my blog is for me to keep a record, a scrapbook of sorts, of my family's life. For people to enjoy what they are reading. To benefit or possibly learn something from it. So, for this to happen my blog needs to be a bit more private. At least for now...  

Every word of this still stands true. However, I now feel that a piece of hate mail cannot bring hate into my life anymore than a liar can make me lie. Though I cannot control how others feel. I feel no hate toward them... So, I am back.

We have been quite busy around here lately. We have new garden boxes (built by The Hubs), ready to be filled with dirt. We have new seedlings sprouting up from the egg cartons where Bunny and I planted them.

We are planning on getting more chicks (and hopefully selling eggs in the months to come). My dad has been busy planting apple trees in his little orchard. Poppaw's garden is beginning to show signs of life again. The world is waking up. Spring has sprung.

Friday, March 23, 2012

This Moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama. A single photo capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

A Moment in The Life of a (almost) Two Year Old!

One very small creek.. not really even a creek, just some run off from last night's rain.

But to a two-year-old (or a 23 month 2 week old) it is a raging river with waterfalls to be enjoyed, conquered, and sometimes... feared.

"Help me, Mama"

"I dude it!"

Nope! Wait! ... "Mama!!!!!!!"

"Hold you, mama!"

After a snuggle, back to the creek again.. a calmer part of the wild, raging river!

Nevermind... she decided to just stay with mama!

It is so wonderful to have a mama right there to hold you when your own courage falters!