February 25, 2012
It's snowing this morning (more about that in tomorrow's post). And it's so beautiful to watch out the window.
This is not a photo of this morning, but of another morning this week. This is when I write each day, as the sun is doing this to the clouds. And yes, it's terribly distracting and inspiring all at the same time. Write? Photograph? Write? Photograph?
It's not even 7:00am and the kids are already awake (on a Saturday?) I think they like the snow too. I'm listening to their murmuring voices, drinking my water, while dreaming about my morning coffee.
Ok, enough morning preamble. Let's get right to it then, shall we?
A few things that caught my eye (or my heart) this week.
A mixed bag of everything. Just the way I like it. I have more crafty and other inspirtation on my kinda-sparse pinterest boards (I don't spend much time there).
This week we had to go shopping for pink beads. Brienne "needed" them and somehow we missed adding them to our online order at DeSerres (a Canadian art & craft store) earlier this month. Our community is sorely lacking any Micheals, Jo-Ann's or any other franchise craft store you can think of. So the dollar store it was.
Who knew all the crafty stuff that can be found at the dollar store? Not me.
There was a misunderstanding as we drove up to the Dollorama and Laurent asked "Dalai Rama?" This added some much needed humor to the situation as dollar stores are really not my scene, an overload to my senses and just, well, too much for me. Too much, cheap stuff.
But we got the beads (and a few other items for Laurent's birthday this weekend).
It's Laurent's birthday tomorrow. He's turning eleven. The birthday "party" is probably the easiest I've ever had to prepare for. The boy wanted telemark ski lessons for a birthday gift (he's also getting new ski goggles and a marker case) so the birthday activity is skiing. Daddy is in charge of all of that.
All I have to do is bake a cake (this afternoon's task), and do all the other special mom-loving stuff through the day to make my boy's day special.
The kids are up now and Brienne has measured and reported on the snow - 10 inches and it's still falling heavily.
I think that I may have to change my morning plans. I had scheduled a morning away at the cafe in town to finish the draft of my e-book.
Finish the draft of my e-book. Oh yes, I just said my e-book.
This month I finally pulled my thoughts together and took the time to write something that has been on my heart to share since last summer. Something bigger than a blog post.
My first e-book. It's small (and therefore really affordable) but I not letting "smallness" stop me anymore.
This little project is one of my first "offerings" as I create a path for myself. A path congruent with who I am, how I function best, and what I value. I'm so excited.
Be watching for it the second week of March.
Celine felt a little under the weather this week, not enough to be laying in bed by any means, but not completely well. I've been using astragalus root this winter to make a miso-astragalus broth. It's an herbal remedy that actually tastes good. Some herbs are just too bitter for children (or adults for that matter).
This past week was a homeschool break. And it was so lovely and relaxing. I haven't felt this relaxed in my daily routine since December, when we also took a break! Oh, I do love breaks.
It was a wonderfully refreshing week for me (and the kids), complete with a phone chat with a friend (I'm so thankful for the friends I've met online) on Friday afternoon.
The kids worked on creative projects all week. Pocket pixies, an art commission for Laurent, Celine's blog and castle reconstruction.
Our kids make a lot of their own toys and one favorite is their medieval castles. These have been stored in the trailer since moving here, as we don't have room in the chalet for them to be all spread out, or even stored under beds somewhere.
The castles really needed to be downsized, like everything else in our life. This was the week for doing that. I'm happy to report it went very well (phew!)
My time is definitely up. I need my coffee, gotta' get apples in the oven for breakfast. An e-book to finish, a cake to bake...
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