Monday, August 14, 2006


I've got a few things to work on in the next two days. We're going to see my parents so that I can help my mom get her classroom in order. She just had surgery and isn't quite up to her normal (super crazy) level of activity. We're also going to celebrate my nephew Moses's first birthday. So, I have to make his bday present, make a gift for my sister (a thank you for letting us stay with them), and I really want to make a couple of I-Spy pillow for a couple of her friends. We'll see what gets done.

For now, I'll show you a little knitting project that finally got completed and handed off to it's recipient. Here's Pinwheel:
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And here's the best part of my post. My dear friend Jena and her husband Kate just welcomed their first little one. You can read about it on her blog. There's a pic and a wonderful birth story.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Some Craftiness

I've been very intrigued by some of the neat Waldorf/natural/handmade crafts that seem to abound on the internet. I made Alex a Waldorf doll for Christmas and it was HARD...I know why people charge upwards of $100 for them! However, I've found a neat craft that I can actually do--Bendy dolls. Here are my first ones:

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If you want to see some that are made much better than mine, check out Mother Hues or Natural Playthings. I love these 2 sites.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Delay, delay, delay...

I suck at updating this blog. I hope to be a bit more regular about it, but I've said that before, so we shall see.

To catch up:

Miriam turned 3 the end of July, so I have 2 3 year olds now. Noah is 16 months and his lovely curly hair is getting long enough that people ask me if "that little girl" is mine.
Does he look like a girl to you?
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At the beginning of the month we went on a week long visit to the New Meadow Run community, one of the many Bruderhof communities world-wide. The daily life there was very, very different than what any of us are accustomed to. Either Chris or I dropped the kids off at the "babyhouse" at 7:30 each day; then we went about the work we had set out for us. The kids ate lunch AND dinner with their age groups and were picked up at 5. We then had family time and put the kids to bed so that we could attend the evening meal (grade 5 and up) at 7. I thought the kids would HATE this (I wasn't so sure I'd like it--I really enjoy staying home with the kids and I've chosen to do that very thing). However, the kids loved it. Noah and Alex were especially glad to see us each evening, but all three kids simply loved being in their groups. Noah even started going on the potty, like all his little classmates. Miriam would have been fine to spend even more time with her group, but she always ran to us and hugged us, too.

I'd love to process some of our expereiences some more, but I hope to write more about them, too:

Here are some pics from that trip.
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(forgive the awful pic of me--I blame it all on the fibroids and hernia!)