new knee patches in the shop;
soooo i was feeling like a slacker mom because the sensory play bin that i once had the idea of putting together i never put together…and then i realized that these little ones have a curiosity that drives them to explore earnestly, using all of their being and senses to satisfy their wonder which extends the limit of any sensory play bin i might conceive of and so we have it; child led every day sensory play.
a good playing tree is smooth not slippery, abundant in gnarls & knobs and reachable branches and has many curious crevices where fairy homes might be discovered;
coming up soon to a season of new growth lavender it’s time now to separate last year’s flowers from stalks. i rather like this sweet scented task myself but the little ones are most meticulous in picking off every single bud. especially delightful is filling fists full, smelling up close and perhaps noticing or comparing the previous bouquet to the now loose flowers. we are working at this as we please and soon we will have some little lavender scented dream pillows to rest with.
gomashio = aromatic pan roasted white and black sesame seeds with a sprinkle of sea salt transferred to mortar for eager little hands to crunch, snap, pound and stir with pestle. this is satisfying work/play. some of the seeds are lost in play, some are pinched and eaten directly and always there’s a jar full for the cupboard. both boys love it on rice, one likes it occasionally on oats (though he mostly prefers his oats sweet to savory), i add it to soups and salads. while there are ample health benefits of sesame i think of it simply – white for bones and black for blood.
mud kitchen = hours of entertainment. say no more.
warm bath and cold cubes are not uncommon in summer time. this time we added some color and treasures. a perfect way to transition smoothly from mud kitchen to indoors.;
i’d love to hear what sorts of play and projects you notice your own children gravitating towards.
Little A – some days you are delightfully dorky. i am trying to learn from you how to turn Little M’s moods around. You are so good at it.
Little M – you feel the urge to walk and balance on every surface and to jump from every height. i am biting my tongue to hold back my words of caution so that you might find your own limits.
“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013.”
it is fast becoming a tradition that i keep my little loves close and to myself on their actual birthday. early May 16th Little M woke to a special breakfast and birthday table before seeing his big brother off to school. we spent the rest of the day with no particular plans or commitments and it was perfect with a little yoga, a wander to see some boats, a dance party at T&J’s, a pizza picnic, some soccer… these are special birthdays when i share their birthing day story and peek together through their baby book reminiscing those early days and younger years. sigh. three is so big.
this weekend we gathered with friends and family for a small celebration and a big decadent cake. chocolate is his favorite and this double chocolate torte mousse cake satisfied his wish. he enjoyed a very lovely birthday and before bed had made a new song titled “it’s my happy birthday with chocolate cake and candles”. awww i love you little M!
When mama switches out the light,
I’ll still be 2 years old tonight.
But from the very break of day,
Before all children rise and play,
Before the darkness turns to gold,
Tomorrow i’ll be 3 years old.
3 kisses when i wake.
3 candles on my cake.
caught him showing the neighbor how many fingers he’s going to be tomorrow.
Copyright © Ella Pedersen 2007, 2008