Annika started Pre-K in September which means she attends school two mornings a week. This is just a small introduction to school but a nice way to get ready for the next school year when she will go three full days a week. School has been great for Eliza (2) as well. At first she would say ” Pick Annika up?” after Annika had been gone for an hour. Her best friend had left her and she wasn’t sure what to do. It’s been fun to watch her lately though, as she plays happily with all her “babies” on her own. She doesn’t need her older sister to suggest to her what they should play. I overhear her talking to her dolls, and watch her trotting back and forth with blankets and play food, setting up her pretend home in the living room.
Children benefit from time away from their siblings. It gives them a chance to develop their own skills, their own imaginative play. I see a different side of my children when they are on their own, especially when they are young and learning how to play. It also gives them a chance to interact exclusively with you. I’ve been enjoying my two mornings a week with Eliza. It reminds me to make a bigger effort to spend individual time with all my kids.
Finally winter has arrived in NJ. We were all excited to see the first snow of the season on Saturday, after a really long fall. We had sixteen inches of snow, which was plenty, especially when it comes to cleaning up the walks and driveway! I thought I had better share the excitement before it all melts. We have warm temps right now and the piles are shrinking before our eyes!
Sunday dawned with a view that was a wonder of weird sculptures and drifts.
There is nothing like blue sky and sunshine after a storm.
Snow means all kinds of new fun to be had.
I’m so glad we had a least one big snowfall this winter. Here’s hoping for a little more!
How do you start again when you’ve neglected something for so long? And not I’m not talking about exercising! Ha… that never began so I can’t start that over.
Of course I’m talking about this blog. I’ve neglected it terribly. It’s been four months since I posted anything… that is the longest time off I’ve ever taken. This wasn’t planned, just life (aka three kids in soccer, new school year, and then Christmas) interrupted. Well, I want to get back into blogging. I’ve had lots of thoughts about a myriad of topics rattling around my brain. SO… Here’s hoping 2016 brings a little more commitment to this little blog of mine.
Our five kids, growing up so quickly! Front to back, Eliza, Annika, Katrina, Taylor, Jeremy
Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a naturally early riser. Which makes it even more impressive that I was able to capture some beautiful pictures of a sunrise on our vacation in Northern Ontario. It was the last day of our vacation and I got up at the shockingly early hour of 6 am. When I went outside, I saw the sun beginning to peak out over the lake so I quickly grabbed my camera and now I share that beauty with you – unedited and unfiltered.
Sorry for the overload of pictures! I couldn’t decide which one I like the best. Which one do you like? I numbered the pictures… leave me a comment and tell me which one you like the best. :)
Last evening a quick storm blew through breaking the stifling, muggy heat. It was before sundown and once it passed by the sun broke through the dark clouds and shone so warm and dazzling, I grabbed the camera, slipped on my gardening crocs and dashed outside to take some pictures. In ten minutes I raced around our yard trying to capture and freeze into memory the awesome beauty of the moment. Little moments like these need to be appreciated, don’t you think? What gives you a thrill to see?
So here is an unplanned wet tour of our yard as it was last night.
In the front of our house:
And less dramatic, swinging around along the side of our house:
Walking past the perennial garden:
To the woods:
And back to the patio:
Hope you enjoyed the impromptu tour. :)
Here’s our Eliza… She has captured all of our hearts. She’s a cute stinker who is learning something new everyday. She’s eighteen months in these May pics and feeling mighty tempted by those tulips.