This made Citcat laugh hysterically. We were just sitting around the table and I made this "hat" for the hematite she gave me for Mother's Day.
Here is a Valentine poem that really fits our life. Every evening Citcat and my dh take a big scoop of bird feed and spread it on the walk outside our front door. Citcat loves this evening ritual. We have been delighted with the results as well. We have several feeders but it is the seed on the ground this winter that has attracted the most marvelous flock of birds. Just this week we have seen wrens, chickadees, nuthatch, cardinals, woodpeckers, juncos, tufted titmouses, sparrows, and to my delight a pair of towhees. My dh thinks he saw a very large cedar waxwing but I have not seen it.
We read this poem from a collection by perennial favorite Lee Hopkins Bennett entitled Good Morning to You, Valentine illustrated by Tomie de Paola. The poem is written by Aileen Fisher.
I gave a hundred Valentines.
A hundred, did I say?
I gave a thousand Valentines
one cold and wintry day.
I didn't put my name on them
or any other words,
because my Valentines were seeds
for February birds.
1. Your kind comments from yesterday's post made me so happy to be back in blog land. Thank you for all the wonderful comments and encouragement.
2. I have been to several stores searching for rechargeable batteries. Every store is out of rechargeables but have full displays of disposable batteries. The good news-far less toxic batteries going into landfillsl.
3. Citcat was in a happy mood all day. We were able to do several errands without one meltdown. Perhaps the terrible two's are waning. We have also been making forays out without wearing a pull-up. We are diaper free except for bedtime!
Yesterday I finished every stitch of laundry and ironing. You know that only last for about 6 hours. Just today Citcat said to me "I'm wearing laundry!". And I said to my sweet nearly potty trained child "Yes dear you are."
On Sunday we went to our town Apple fest. It had rained all day on Saturday so the entire park was awash in mud. Despite the cold and damp conditions we enjoyed ourselves. We bought a peck of apples and spent some time at the pioneer exhibit for kids. Citcat carded some wool, made pretend biscuits, washed clothes on an old wash board with a wringer and ground some wheat. The whole exhibit was provided by our local library and our wonderful story time lady Mrs. Dickey.
When we returned home we were all a little tired. My husband drove to his office to do some work and I played with Citcat in her room. While playing I fell asleep. I love naps and I think I was asleep for about twenty minutes and Citcat came over to me and said in her sweet toddler voice "wake up Mommy I want to color." Color. My little girl wants to color. We went right downstairs to the sun room and started coloring. Alas, the coloring did not last long. You can see from the photo that we ended up making balls of play dough and sticking the colors in it but we are making progress!
For weeks Citcat has been saying "painted rainbows and chamomile tea". I asked her several times "where did you learn that" and she would respond "from a library book". Since we have at least 50 books from the library on any given day I thought I might never find the phrase "painted rainbows and chamomile tea". Recently while reading children book reviews on-line. I saw the image of the book When You Are Happy and just knew this was the book. I checked it from the library (again) and sure enough I found the words painted rainbows and chamomile tea. The book is wonderful and heartfelt. Reading it makes both mother and child feel safe and happy. The illustrations are rich and fantastic. Citcat will sit and look at the pictures for quite a long time. She especially likes the page where the moon is holding a heart in his hands. Check this book from the library and you may find yourself buying it like we did.
When she first mentioned the chamomile tea I purchased some tea and we had a proper afternoon tea. She loves to drink a cup of tea. So now most afternoons you will find us sitting at the table reading books and enjoying our proper tea. I like the tradition of tea time. I recently read in Home Education Magazine how one family starts their homeschooling day by sitting down after breakfast with cups of tea and discussing their individual progress, making plans and talking about what they are learning. I love this idea. Citcat is a little young to discuss plans over tea but we can always read books!