Archives for November 2015

Beatrix’s Birthday (and Heartwood Cape!)

It’s been two weeks now since we celebrated Beatrix’s birthday, and I keep forgetting to share the day(s) with you.  We typically don’t have big parties, but she really wanted a party with friends and I managed to pull it together.  Beatrix and Larkspur happen to have three sets of sisters as friends, so we invited both Bea’s friends and their big sisters so it was really a party for both girls.  I made cucumber sandwiches and fruit salad and we had sparkling cider.  Then there were cupcakes (complete with candles made by one of the girls’ friends!) and hot herbal tea with sugar cubes.

While planning the party, we realized we would be short a few tea cups, so the girls and I made a trip to Goodwill to look for some.  We searched through the shelves, and found a few that would work, but then at the last minute, I found five teacups to match those we already had at home!  These are older teacups, with a beautiful maple leaf pattern on them, a set I found at another Goodwill many months ago.  It felt like a small miracle to find those matching cups!

We planned a craft based wholly on Alicia’s party hat pattern (which I had intended to sew for Bea’s birthday, but didn’t manage to.)  The girls decorated card stock hats, and then decorated them, and I think they had a lot of fun doing so.  Beatrix went a little overboard with the white glue, so typical of her. 🙂

The following day, Beatrix’s official birthday, we celebrated as a family.  She opened gifts, and we ate ice cream.  We gave her a simple plastic bead organization box along with beads and elastic cording, because she and Larkspur both spend hours making bracelets.  I also gave her the Phyllis Mouse that I had been working on at night when she was sleeping.  Despite the fact that she knew I had the kit and surely intended to make it for her someday, I do think she was surprised and pleased.  There were a couple other small gifts that I am forgetting now, and then of course her heartwood cape.  I didn’t actually finish it until after she went to bed on her birthday.  After binding off the last stitches I tiptoed into the girls’ room to see if Bea was asleep yet, and she wasn’t.  I whispered for her to get up and come see something.  I pulled the cape over her head and was so happy to see that it fit her perfectly.  She was completely surprised and thrilled with it.  I think it suits her well and will get lots of use!

I can hardly believe that this baby is seven years old now!

Whole Family Rhythms {giveaway}

rhythmsbannerToday’s giveaway is from Meagan of Whole Family Rhythms, helping you to create seasonal, weekly and daily rhythms for your family in order to nurture the wonder, beauty and light in early childhood. Whole Family Rhythms are a series of seasonal and monthly guides created and designed to help you maintain a steady rhythm in your home. The rhythms include unstructured, child-led play both outdoors and indoors; early childhood stories and fingerplays; weekly bushwalking themes; daily art, handwork or creative projects; holistic baking and cooking recipes for the whole family as well as weekly caregiver meditations and projects for families of all ages and sizes.


meaganIn Meagan’s words,
“I am ever inspired by my little ones and the way they live into each moment with very little regard for the past or future. It is so very difficult for us as parents to protect the magic and wonder of childhood. Modern and Western ways of life create schedules, endless to do lists and a constant sense of multitasking that often feels unavoidable. My hope is that by being very clear about our family values and then translating these into strong rhythms for my children, I am also creating a strong rhythm for myself – empowering me to slow down, and to be present, calm and authentic for my children.”

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Each Seasonal Guide contains over 70 pages including weekly oral stories and fingerplays, bushwalking themes, seasonal crafts, wet-on-wet watercolour painting, drawing and modelling activties as well as weekly caregiver meditations, monthly caregiver handwork projects and seasonal book recommendations. Whole Family Rhythms was written and created in New South Wales, Australia however Meagan is originally from Canada in the Northern Hemisphere. She has created Guides for both the Southern and Northern Hemisphere so that no matter where you are there are relevant activities, crafts and themes to suit the holidays and season. The guides are available as a complete set including all four seasons, as single season packages, or even just monthly if you’d like to try a single month.



Meagan is offering two winners their choice of either the Whole Family Rhythms Northern Hemisphere Winter Guide or the Southern Hemisphere Summer Guide depending on which side of the world you are from. For your chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post. Comments are closed and the winners are Liz, who commented, “Wow, I love this idea! Thank you for another great give away!” and Tracy who commented, “THIS momma NEEDS more rhythm, especially with a new babe! Would love to win this”

Thanks, Meagan!

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