We’re finishing up a read aloud book this week that the kids and I have really enjoyed: Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink. It is the true story of a middle-child tomboy who grew up in Wisconsin during the Civil War. It’s reminiscent of the Little House on the Prairie books but not as “girly;” and the Woodlawn family is in a more economically stable position than the Ingals family.
Caddie is a spunky, lovable, outdoorsy girl who grows up primarily outdoors with her 2 brothers. Lady-hood looms in the future, and she knows she’ll have to reckon with it some day. Continue reading
She didn’t get them in time for Christmas, but this week Rosebud sprouted her 2 top front teeth. Today she learned to make a new sound with her mouth: teeth grinding.
After falling down, Doodle said, “Mama, I tripped on my balance.”
Well, not quite 12 days, but about a week of celebrating and visiting with family. Stretching the excitement out was nice for me because I was able to pace the gift wrapping, baking, visiting, and gift opening out so that no one day felt overwhelming. It hasn’t always been that way.
For the last few years we have had Marathon’s parents over for brunch – usually on the morning that we open our own family’s gifts. We didn’t do the two on the same day this year, and both mornings were so much more relaxing.
[Sudoku took the following shot a few weeks ago. Not until I saw it did I realize how few photos we have of just the two of us since having children.]
We’ve had our traditional new year journaling time. Marathon and I list the significant events of the year and rank them. Continue reading