Did you know that you could freeze bubbles? We discovered the joy of frozen bubbles during our last snow! As long as your temperatures are below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, then you too can enjoy some frozen bubble fun with the kids!
We were so thrilled to get our first snow here in East Tennessee! It was white, fluffy, and gloriously cold! So cold in fact that, if out long enough, your face and hands hurt! The children pointed out that when the sun’s rays hit it just right; it looked like millions of diamonds covering the ground. Of course the first thing I wanted to do, while the big fluffy flakes fell, was curl up together and read aloud. What better book to read while it’s snowing than the Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingells Wilder. When we got to the part where Pa brought in the pans of snow for Laura and her sister Mary to drizzle the maple syrup into, our children were instantly on board with making maple syrup snow candy!
The past year has seen many changes and challenges for our family and our homeschool. We found ourselves uprooted from the hustle and bustle of city life, and planted firmly on my sister’s farm in Tennessee. Adjusting to the ebb and flow of this new life has been both overwhelming and wonderful. We’ve found that the seasons of homeschool, much like our lives, can transition and shift. So, with this New Year and new homeschool season upon us I am focused on being thankful, making more meaningful connections, and making memories with our children. What better way to bond with our kids than with brownies, books and games in the New Year!
I just went out and bought all the twinkle lights I could find! No, I’m not stocking up for next year’s holiday decorations. I’m preparing myself for the dark cold winter that lies ahead. As moms, we know that with the dreariness of winter’s days, the less happy we can become. A certain grey dullness can overshadow the joys of our everyday life. Even our little ones can exude a bit more crankiness this time of year. There are certain triggers, compiled over several weeks, which can bring about the gloom. Yet there are also some proactive choices we can make to help keep our happy even through the winter months.
The Winter Solstice is upon us! Also known as the shortest day and longest night of the year, the winter solstice usually takes place on December 21st or 22nd every year in the Northern Hemisphere. Many cultures around the world celebrate the solstice by holding festivals, and holidays. These celebrations were created to celebrate the return of light, and the joy of each day growing longer and longer.
Summer is coming to an end here in the mountains of Tennessee and with the cooler nights comes the change in seasons. Autumn is upon us as is apple picking, falling leaves and of course pumpkins! Changes in the seasons results in changes in the seasonal books on our shelves. I hope you enjoy some of our fall favorites!
We had our first little snow today…it was less than an inch really. Not a big deal except the children thought it was the greatest thing to ever happen. Gabriel woke up and came rushing into my bedroom, “Mama, Mama! There’s snow! It’s Beautiful! Come See!” As I struggled to wake up I heard him singing in the living room, ” See the Beautiful snow. See the Beautiful snow.”