The Amish Hour

I couldn’t tell you where this idea originated, only that I saw it as a part of an article about self-care, but we have recently started instituting something called “the Amish hour”. While we fall short of unplugging every item in our house (no candlelight just yet, but perhaps when the days start to get longer…

It’s the Little Things

We’ve barely had any time to enjoy them, but I wanted to share this little family treat. I belong to a few different Waldorf groups on Facebook. We’re not an explicitly Waldorf home, but much of Steiner’s philosophy is in line with my own when it comes to education and child-rearing. Also, I am in…

Whole Family Rhythms: A Review

I’ve reviewed a few different resources on the blog (if you’re curious, there are links to my reviews under the “Natural Resources” heading just above), and they’ve all been linked with forest schools and nature preschools or encouraging children to spend more time in nature. I have one more resource for you today, but it’s…

Strawberry Days, Pizza Nights

Some summer days are just perfect. Everything seems to come together in such a way that you can’t imagine being more content or possibly enjoying any other season or time with your family. To have two such days in a row is a true gift. This weekend we had such incredible weather and fun –…

Bedtime

It’s our first night of summer vacation and our last at home for a few days as we’re off on another camping trip. After baths and a change into jammies, the littles and I found ourselves back outside with the intention (or, at least, I had the intention) of reading our bedtime stories out on…

School Skippers

Sometimes it’s one of those days. The kind of day where everyone, especially Mama, wakes up cranky. It was crummy, rainy morning, and as we dragged ourselves about to get ready for the day, it occurred to me that I just wasn’t going to send E. to school this morning. Work has pretty much ground…

Earth Worm, Inch Worm, Book Worm

Reading has always been a big part of our summers. I am a reader, and all through my life nothing has made me happier than a stack of books, a comfortable spot on a porch or under a tree, and hours of the day, unfilled, stretched before me. Of course, now as a mother of…

Summertime Rhythm

I’ve spent the last several days going back through my books, going over my planner, and thumbing through my Whole Family Rhythms Summer Guide. While our whole summer is far from planned out (and I wouldn’t want to do that anyway), I’ve nailed down some solid events and activities. Below is a basic daily schedule,…

In Which We Go Camping, Part IV

Our last full day of camping was a rainy one, the kind where you just know you won’t be seeing the sun and nothing ever quite gets dry. After two absolutely glorious and warm sunny days, though, we were able to except the exceptional dreariness and found ways to entertain ourselves. Our little ones turned…

In Which We Go Camping, Part III

Saturday was hot. It got up to 80 degrees with air thick and damp. I know to many who come from warmer climes this seems like nothing, but 80 degrees in northern Maine at the end of May makes you feel like you just stepped into the Amazon. Nothing is ever quite dry and even…

And Away We Go!

It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here! It has been tradition these past four years for my husband and I to pack up our children, drive several hours north, nearly to the Canadian border, and join my husband’s father, step-mom, and their grandson for an extra-long weekend of camping. Though I’m currently sitting comfortably in…

The Sweetest Gift

In our town there is group of nomadic boys who peddle on trick bikes, oversized baseball caps shadowing their eyes. They’re a collective of 7 or 8 ten to twelve year olds, mostly scrawny and unkempt, foul-mouthed and loud. I went to school with their brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and in a couple…