|straw flowers and Maine seaweed treasures|
|a henna design for the little one|
|trying to keep a running list of things harvested, and preserved. some fall by the wayside, but mostly, I'm keeping up|
|art class planning (school is back in session!)|
|yesterday's canning (roasted tomatoes and pickled peppers), my current read, and this morning's hot drink|
|breakfast :: fried egg sandwich with baby greens and dried tomatoes|
school is back in session here in Western NC and so I'm back to work teaching after school art classes five days a week. truly, I feel very lucky to have landed in this job. it allows me to work with the school calendar, continue to enjoy my (our) slow mornings, have ample time to get into other projects, and I get to bring Claire with me. when I started, 4 years ago, she was just a wee 20 month old and I admit it wasn't always easy trying to help kids thread needles and load brushes with paint as she grabbed at my shirt to nurse, or followed me around begging to be picked up. my how time flies.
the first weeks back to work always have me realizing a particularly strong feeling of gratitude for this little life we've created. for this home and for the time we three get to spend together. I recognize that we are lucky. at least, I feel lucky. papa works 24 hour shifts, but his days off outnumber his days on and we've grown accustomed to the flow of it all. our schedules, and the fact that I can bring her to work with me, make homeschooling an easy choice for us. she is five and a half. and so here we are, in her kindergarten year. for this year, and very likely beyond, I know we'll hover on the loose, 'unschooling' end of the spectrum. we'll continue to read a ton with her and learn about plants and explore nature. we'll pick a theme or two each month and see what we can learn. I want to do things like make a papier mache milky way and learn about different cultures and have fun making food from and listening to music from many different countries. as with everything, we shall see.