I have come up with a series I want to do titled "Life in the Pink Tower." (Get it, Pink House, Pink Tower?) It is a Montessori reference and here you see a photo of Grace and the pink tower.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Having been a 'vintage gal' long enough to now actually be vintage, and having babies for the past 13 years, I have acquired many vintage baby clothes. The problem with this is I don't like putting my babies in them. I try very hard not to dress the girls based on my vanity. Simply my requirements for their clothing are comfort and girlie. With my first daughter 13 years ago I was basically limited to Hannah Anderson. But now simple comfortable, even organic cotton, baby clothes can be found as easily as a trip to Target.
Dotty's basic staple is a sleep and play. I love them, no snaps no tags, no zippers! They have also provided a way I can sneak a little vintage into her wardrobe without sacrificing comfort. As pictured you see a simple pinafore worn over a sleep and play. Reminds me of jr. high and wearing thermals under all my skirts. I paired this with a beautiful crocheted set made by her great grandmother. Perfect!
Monday, January 25, 2010
The girls decided to create a pie shop this week. (Actually they decided it last week and began creating signs and planning, it wasn't until this week I caught up with them.) This was a great project and it covered eight of the eleven state required subjects for homeschooling. They worked on transforming the playhouse into a pie shop and we visited a local bakery for inspiration. (and brownies!) Next came the baking, banana cream and blueberry pies. A menu was created and a family gathering scheduled at our house provided the perfect opening day. My job in a project like this is to provide minimal direction and give them plenty of space. I find if I try to work along side of them their reasoning and problem solving skills are over shadowed.
It is a delicate balance.
Friday, January 22, 2010
We sometimes forget when preparing our infants environment that less is more. I love incorporating nature whenever possible. It lays a foundation for appreciating the Creator and seeing beauty where others might miss it.
I often get at my child's eye level to literally see from their point of view. This photo is the view from Dotty's swing. It reminded me of a Jackson Pollock painting.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Wow! It sure has been awhile. So much has transpired between June and now, much more than should fit in 7 months. Change. So much change. Let's recap the biggies and then move on: A birth, our daughter, Dorothy Violet Mess was born Sept. 30, 2009. A death, my dad, Ed McDonald, died 2 weeks later. I decided not to return to my job as children's ministry director at Compass. After 1 year off homeschooling when Ruth started middle school at VSAA, I began homeschooling Pearl, 1st grade, and Grace, preschool.
Now let's look forward.