We’ve been reading chapter books, graphic novels, picture books, novels, read alouds, and audiobooks. We just enjoyed The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill.
We’ve been practicing cursive for those who find it appealing (Lilah),
Puzzling a cat puzzle,
Going to see the local gymnastics team compete, enjoying waving pompoms to cheer them on,
Playing with friends,
Taking winter walks,
Practicing Aerial silks and hammock tricks,
Game playing: Blokus, Cobra Paw, Exploding Kittens, King of Tokyo, Power Grid, Sid Maier’s Beyond Earth to name a few,
Gift making and hunting,
Enjoying new treasures,
Cookie baking and decorating.
We made soap, which was a fun new project. We tried the melt and pour kind and it was a bit tricky but we figured out how to make molded soaps with smaller soap shapes inside, marbled soaps and we added some home-grown lavender and rose flowers to a few. The kids have requested to do this again.
There’s been Dungeons and Dragons playing,
Finger knitting and crocheting. Look at this beautiful scarf Lilah made for me!
We tried making ice lanterns and ice orbs for the first time to celebrate the winter solstice. Next year we’ll know how to do it better. The lanterns were gorgeous when lit up with candles and stuffed with natural things we collected from the yard and the park. The ice orbs didn’t quite freeze all the way through. The lanterns did freeze but we didn’t leave enough space to create thick enough bases so they were fragile.
We spent time working on the second chapter of Gavin’s book that he’s been writing on and off for a year or two now. Gavin got another big section finished and is happy with it. I’m happy to see that it’s ever so slowly becoming easier and he needs ever so slightly less support.
We’ve been making pom poms and cutting paper snowflakes.
We got to visit with family in Idaho and Washington. There were lovely conversations, meals, games played, explorations and hugs.
We visited a Jim Hensen exhibit and that has sparked a week or two of watching The Dark Crystal and The Muppet Show as a family.
The kids tried archery for the first time! They both enjoyed it.
Lilah and I’ve been painting,
And drawing and cutting and gluing and taping and coloring.
Gavin made a map for a skit he’s participating in, to use as a treasure map.
We went ice skating with friends, with much twirling and even some backward skating.
Life is good.
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