February was all about embracing winter and winter activities. We skated. We skied. We went sledding. We snowshoed. We used an outdoor skating rink in addition to our normal indoor one (an entirely different experience for the kids). Although I had two amazing ideas for adventures for this month, neither of them were a go because of car issues. Next year we’re going to be all over Winterfest and the World Pond Hockey Championships! Instead, we took a winter fun day- skating, skiing, and watching the high school state championships for downhill and nordic skiing- so fun! Except now my kids want to downhill ski too- and yes, I knew that would likely be a thing.
special breakfasts for Chinese New Year and Valentines Day date with John dates with kids take the kids to the indoor rec center and the pool
- take the kids to the nursing home and work at the food pantry
skate once a week ski once a week fall when I go skiing
- finish catching up scrapbooks
take the kids to the library check out a new library and thrift store re-do our fireplace mantle make a seed/tree plan for our farm this year clean out my craft closet have guests over for dinner monthly family adventure
From the bookshelf…
- The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz (amazing! I’m re-reading now.)
- A Closer Walk by Catherine Marshall
- Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History by Suzanne Humphries
What is working…
I still love real food. It’s becoming routine. Occasionally I get snacky urges, but not as often now.
I tried a ski race! I first thought of doing one last week and then there was an 8K race last weekend, so I went for it. I wasn’t last (my hope!), although I was far from the best. And I beat two 10-year olds right at the end. :) I would definitely do it again.
Homeschool routine is still good, but I find myself less and less able to keep up around the house. I vaguely remember last winter and my daily afternoon time to read and knit or sew, but it is a far away land. I did that every single day last winter and I’ve not done it once this year. Instead my afternoons are spent trying to catch up on laundry or dishes but even those I’m not ever totally accomplishing. It’s the baby season- it’s just hard to do much when you have a little one. I am mourning the loss of an orderly home, time for me, finishing things on a list…and I’m happy, but there is still a sense of grieving.
My March goals…
- fun breakfasts for St. Patricks Day and the first day of spring
- date with John
- dates with kids
- take the kids to the pool, the library, and the indoor rec center
- watch dogsledding
- visit a maple sugar house
- tap trees for our own maple syrup
- learn about tree grafting and make a plan for propogating plants this year, build a misting chamber
- skate and ski once a week
- work on toy room organization
- read a book by a local author
- take the kids to the food pantry and the nursing home
- listen to 3 homeschooling podcasts
- make donuts with the kids
- take the kids downhill skiing
- monthly family adventure
What’s the best book that you’ve read lately?