Yes, my favorite season in Fall for its beautiful colors and crisp weather.
However, as I now have a baby and and am growing food and raising chickens I find myself looking more and more forward to the end of fall and the beginning of winter.
Don’t get me wrong, I know I am so lucky to be able to grow food and raise chickens and feed my family good, whole food…..but from spring planting through to fall harvesting there aren’t many days where I don’t give up a minimum of 30 minutes to the yard. 30 minutes doesn’t seem like much but when you have a little one 30 minutes out of your day can be a lot.
That 30 minutes doesn’t include the days that I am actually preparing beds, planting, harvesting and preserving; that is just daily maintenance. That takes up a lot more time.
Again, I love pulling out homemade and homegrown food in the middle of winter and early spring when everything in the grocery store is shipped from who knows where and harvested who knows when; so, I am most definitely not complaining, but the slow season of winter is absolutely calling me.
I love watching the rain fall while I drink a cup of coffee before everyone else wakes up. Make it snowfall and I love it even more.
Reality vs. fantasy: Fantasy (or should I say my pre-baby reality) in the slow winter months I read more, slept in more, relaxed more and sort of hibernated. My new reality: I am guessing winter will also have its challenges such as where do I put the baby when it is raining out and I need to change the chickens food and water? What do I do when the baby is grumpy and its raining and this is when we normally go for a walk to settle him down? We live in the Pacific Northwest so rain is a big factor for us in the winter hahahahaha.
We will see how reality and fantasy hammer out this winter.
I also pointed our blackberries and talked about how they also have seeds that help them grow after they drop to the ground.
Lastly, we read a poem from a book called Songs of the seasons which has about 60 poems going through the seasons of the year.
We had the same basic morning. Finished the oceans documentary and read the ocean life book and the next in our BOB book set.
In the afternoon I tried a simple sensory bin with things around the house……he hated it hahahahahahaha. He was angry that I wouldn’t let him eat the beads.
We also looked at this weeks suggested painting from our exploring nature course.
We started drain the seas on national geographic and read the next BOB book. In the afternoon we practiced our ABCs
Same morning routine. Then in the afternoon we went to a new park for a playdate.
We were also supposed to read a Magic Treehouse book about Pirates but Amazon had delayed it indefinitely.
We watched drain the seas and took 2 walks and practiced counting from 1-10.
Our public library was closed for renovations and was supposed to reopen on Tuesday but due to the increase in the delta varient they did not. They just announced that they will be starting curbside pickup again so i am going to try and get that set up for us to do.
We are finishing the week by reading the poem from our exploring nature course.
On a side note i started the movie Finding Nemo and turned it off within 15 min. I HATED it. First the mom and all the siblings die then Nemo gets kidnapped!!! Sorry if that was a spoiler. I know I watched this movie years ago but clearly that was before I was a mother.
So that was our very basic first week. We haven’t perfected this by any means. I’ll bring you along for another week next month.