I feel like I'm swimming in ideas lately. Ideas for books, gardens, breakfasts the kids will chow down on, playdates for a cause...ideas that laid dormant all winter but are popping out sort of like tulips or some other cheesy spring comparision that would normally make me flinch to say.
For so long I've wanted to put together a book.
An anthology of essyas, poems, and artwork from mommas who have the same (sometimes lofty) goals I have. To raise their children without school outside on a farm amongst stinky animals and bugs..those who breastfeed for years while canning preservatives for winter..those who live off the grid, or want to..or who are just a wee bit different. Except that different is becoming more normal, and every single day I'm so inspired and wouldn't it be neat to put together a giant book of all our our ideas and stories? To inspire other folks, and to share wisdom? Right now it's a dream, but I'm very much hoping to make it a reality.
I also recently got asked to do a few posts for Mommy Poppins, which is one of my go-to websites when I'm looking for neat activities to do with the kids. My first post is about horseback riding in the area (and is a guest post) but I should have more sprouting up throughout May.
Today the kids aren't home. They are going to the zoo with Grandma + Grandpa and I have a delicious day and night to myself. It's beautiful out and I should be gardening, or at the very least hanging with the goats but instead I'm going to lay on the couch with a stack of books + homesteading magazines and read until my eyes burn..and when that gets old I'm going to force Phil to watch farm documentaries with me..and I'll write, and later I'm seeing a very old friend who's visiting with her girlfriend from North Carolina. The perfect relaxing day!
People always ask me how our homeschooling is going, so here's a minature update
Paige is still very much into horses; we read about them, draw them, engage in pretend play with them, talk about them, learn about them and watch videos about them (oh and ride them of course..) Activitiy wise we are doing a twice a month gynmastics class coming up, farm camp once a week, equine 4-H twice a month, and riding. It seems like a lot (to me) but it's really not since most classes are monthly instead of weekly..most of our days are playing, readingg and learning here at home.
Wyatt is still a trouble maker. Phone off the hook? Check! Toilet paper and yarn around my house? Check! At two I don't do much with him - he plays with his choo-choos, helps me make playdough, gets muddy in the sand/dirt pit and enjoys books.
Now lately I've been a wee bit disgruntled with technology. Most of me adores it but I'm so fed up with the constant pings of text messages and facebook messages that demand to be checked RIGHT NOW. I remember calling friends on the phone, leaving messages on the answering machine..and that was it. I went back outside to play. I didn't send a text like "hey want to blah blah blah.." and than send another ten seconds later with "why are you ignoring me" because I didn't get an answer back in fifteen seconds. I'm sick of text messages that don't go through and than you get an email from someone who's hurt you're ignoring them when hello you just have crappy service in your house. I want to be able to not answer emails, and texts, and whatever else the second they come in because you know i'm outside playing with my kids, or reading, and I don't want to be interupted. The few times I've lost my cell phone (in the couch) have been blessings. People were forced to call my house phone (and actually speak to me!) and I felt this absolute freedom, which sounds silly. I have the freedom to hit the off button but I don't.
I'm thinking of impleneting a media-free day once a month. I don't know if I can get my technology-loving husband to do it more often than that. Just a day where we ditch our cell phones, close our laptops and tie the invisible chain that binds us to our wi-fi. If anyone wants to join me on that day, let me know and we can do it together (and blog about it! I'll link up..)
Oh! And if you see on my sidebar the Homegrown forum, please join! It's neat and I have a little interview in it too : )