I may have mentioned once or twice, that I can be a bit of a procrastinator. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the feeling of accomplishing the tasks on my list, because I do, but it’s generally that I can be quite easily distracted by the beauty of a new thought, a stray task, a fresh perspective, not to mention, children…that I don’t realize until the time has passed, that I somehow was deterred. Take today for instance…rather than scrubbing and polishing, the way the to do list suggested…. It had to be done too right?Wildflower spotted the first onion sets…I can assure you that she’s never been so thrilled to see onions
Sunflower heads to display on the front porch makes it easier to partake in bird studies
Strawberries…. Treasures buried beneath the snow… Wildflowers to assist with this summer’s goal to grow not just food, but flowers as well. We sang while we planted…
May you too know the joys of procrastination.
This past weekend, Papa Bear and I set to work on a wee project (I’ve been reading Outlander…so I’m brushing up on my Scotspeak) that turned out to be not so wee, as usual. It’s long been on the list of things to do, and now that it’s beginning to sink in that is, in fact, OUR home, we’re trying to roll out of the funk that we fell into after the stress that ensued back when I was writing this post. We had joked, back then, that we wouldn’t realize that it was official until Papa Bear took out a wall with a chainsaw, metaphorically speaking, unless you were to ask my other half, himself, in which case, he would say he meant literally. This post isn’t quite so drastic, but we’re getting the ball rolling…Hideous right?
One of those “nothing was ever finished” houses, for sure…But I’ve had enough of sweeping wood bits out from this rather large crevice.
Now we had contem-plated (see what I did there? read ahead, I’m sure you’ll get it) removing the broken tiles, but we decided to truck along with the shabby-chic look, since we have talked about replacing the whole set up in due time. Insert broken plates, not the kind that we broke purposely, nope…ones that our children broke accidentally. Yes, there are enough of those to complete this project without putting a dent in the broken plate collection that I’ve saved for mosaic projects! We got everyone involved, each of us choosing special bits to add…there’s a key, buttons, a tiny wheel, broken drum stick, lego man, and our favourite, the stained-glass dragon. Everything was secured with some cement, making sure to leave little rivers between the pieces, deep enough to hold the grout. It sounds easy enough, but this is where it was a bit heated between the two of us, especially since we were working in front of a hot wood stove, something I don’t recommend 😉 It’s important, at this point to fill the underside of every piece with the cement mixture, so that they don’t crack when the hollow pieces are underfoot. Tada!Yes Mom, that’s that plate you guys gave me to cherish, saying that it was an antique. The kids broke it too. Here’s our favourite detail. The dime with the year we moved in, and the made with love piece that Papa Bear cleverly mentioned should be followed with “and a little bit of yelling”.
Not bad huh?
**forgot to mention, that Papa Bear took his dremel tool to the sharp edges, after it had set, to ensure that little toes are not hurt**
We’ve been enthralled with Kiwi Crate for quite some time now, when Wildflower received a 6 month subscription for Christmas one year, back when they were simply Kiwi Crates. Since then, we now get to choose between Koala Krate (ages 3-4), Kiwi Crates (ages 5-8), and Doodle Crates or Tinker Crates (9-16+). With an uninspired mama and kids who are longing to run wildly out of doors in the warmth that has yet to creep in, we’re looking for something to spice up our homeschool days, so we ordered ourselves two crates, a Koala for Moonchild, and Kiwi for Wildflower (they do have options for sibling add-ons, while just ordering one crate).
We have to tell you that our favourite part of ordering the crate, is the excitement that ensues while it rides home from the post office on the lap of its new owner– it’s not every day the wee ones receive mail!
All of the treasures always comes neatly packaged in a coloured shoe box, charming little crafts underneath, and magazine on top. We always hold our breath while we peek in, to see what surprises will lay stashed in the box, and the kids spend a few minutes guessing how each piece will be used….
In Moonchild’s Rainforest crate, we put together the butterfly/ caterpillar craft right away. The stripes and dots were easy for little hands to stick on, and big sister could easily narrate the instructions, since step by step photos are included.
He ate through one green leaf…We read the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, and then our caterpillar turn inside out, and…..Out came a beautiful butterfly!
In this crate is also enough craft supplies to make a rainforest themed rain stick, and a balancing tree game, and we also have other activities to complete in the Imagine! magazine, a full-colour booklet with lively comic-style cartoon stories related to the rainforest. It could easily be shared between two siblings. At the back of the magazine, is a list of books we can sign out from the library to help us learn more about the rainforest. We took some time to look at a documentary online, talk about some rainforest animals, some environmental issues, and the layers of the rainforest, itself. We will easily turn this crate into a couple of weeks worth of Rainforest learning.
In Wildflower’s Arcade themed kit, we received enough wooden pieces to make a claw and some pompom critters. We also still have a whole selection of games to play in the Explore! magazine, as well as the activity where we get to turn the kiwi crate into a game too. This little magazine is more advanced than the Koala Crate’s, and this edition gives a game to work on Math skills with WildFlower as well as some suggestions for library books on simple machines. PapaBear gave a lesson about using the small wrench, nuts and bolts, pattern, and instructions while he guided the kiddos through the claw-making project. As for the claw….well it has quickly found many uses…
If you are interested in trying Kiwi Crate, you can make your purchase through this link or the one to the right of our screen, and both you and I will receive $10 off of our purchases.
Thanks for supporting our family.
Spring has made her appearance, and after a tolerable version of now you see me, now you don’t, I think she’s here to stay, casting her youthful glow upon everything outside of our threshold… We can feel the anticipation building before the levee gives way and our busy season takes over, replacing our nights of catching up on yet another season of our favourite shows (gotta fit it all in, since the library only lends them for two weeks!) with more meaningful, tiresome work. Any day now, our tradition of sitting by the fire will be replaced with late nights spent working on projects for this summer’s festivals, weekends will be spent hauling soil to the new garden beds, and there’s that trench to dig to accommodate power lines out to PapaBear’s new workspace. That’s just the list before the summer heat kicks on. We know it’s coming, and so we’ll squeak out just one more day of peace and tranquility before we give into the flow of this seasonal shift….until then, we’ve been enjoying…
every shot of our children’s fingernails proves that that I’m not an airbrushing/blogging mommy… With every changing season comes a new set up on the front porch…this year, we decided to make it as simplistic as possible, to make room for early morning (well, not that early) coffee and tea drinking, since it catches the morning sun…sigh.
We hope spring is treat you well….