|Esme's treehouse - do you want to live here, or what?|
Some of our rocky week was due to fighting off the virus. Both girls have gotten it, and Dan and I alternately have felt run-down, which hasn't put us at our best. Eliza continues to want "school", so we've gotten into a bit of a rhythm with projects and consistent math lessons, but there have been a lot of the harder moments of figuring out how to treat each other well. It has been really helpful to me to do some reading (this always helps me!) - a few of the links from this post of Stacy's over at Sweet Sky helped bring me back to the basics on how I want to be with my kids (specifically the golden rule of parenting link). I also stumbled upon Teacher Tom, who spends his days with pre-schoolers, and he had an articulate post or two about treating kids as whole people, instead of as people-in-training, and it makes sense to me in a very deep way. (Teacher Tom may also be my new favorite super hero...) A good friend also happened to come by one afternoon when I was deep into self-doubt mode (what do I think I'm doing here, keeping my kids at home only to bicker with them all day?) and pulled me out of the mire. And again, there were more bright spots...old-time "parchment" paper to make with cardstock and tea bags (we did this before, here)...
Which meant of course that we had to go make some pokeberry ink (the link is to when we did this before too!) (and yes, caution! it is poisonous!!!). It is such a beautiful color, and of course we had to have quills to use with it...
|Feather falls from the air - Ani|
Today was so much better. Gotta hit rock-bottom before you can go back up, I suppose. While we aren't 100% over feeling ughy, we hit the ground running this morning, with Eliza and I making pumpkin muffins and the three of us getting out the door for a short hike to find elderberries.
|Sisters. This heals me. A lot.|
|Jewelweed, in abundance|
|I think this is a hickory tussock moth...|
|A saddleback caterpillar, also a "stinger", enjoying a pawpaw leaf|
Most of the elderberries had been eaten already by the birds, and looked like the empty cluster below. We still managed a few though, and I'm going for a hike in the morning, where I might find more.
|Arrowhead flower (new to me - isn't it beautiful?)|
Muddy hike. Complete with pumpkin muffins. It turned our week around. At home there was a lively lunch, a short movie, some more math and games and reading and drawing and supper making and finally...bed. Buoyed by days like today, we will figure this out...