Joyful Liberation

Joyful Liberation

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Baby Nala

 Mara got a new kitten! Her name is Nala~

 Meeting Asha...neither one of them cared about the other...


Rowan loves her!

Willow

Willow has become a finger knitting fiend.  She made a scarf for one of the staff members at her school and he wrote her the kindest thank you note! She was so touched.  She has gotten into my yarn stash and while catching up on Game of Thrones is making chain after chain after chain!


Willow also taught herself to play the Ukulele in 3 weeks!  This girl is amazing~



Celebrating Michaelmas



We celebrated Michaelmas with our Waldorf Homeschooling group~



Midway between the northern hemisphere’s summer and winter solstices, the ancient festival of Michaelmas is celebrated. As summer’s warmth fades, and the cool crispness of autumn falls upon us, mother nature’s fruits and vegetables ripen for harvesting. Her gifts help sustain us through the dark cold days of winter and remind us to summon our own gifts and inner strength to help balance our internal light with the darkness of the season.

Stories of good versus evil or light versus dark are often told to illuminate the balance of light and dark that we all must strive towards mastering. One favorite Michaelmas story is that of St. George taming the dragon with the sword of justice and courage given to him by the Archangel St. Michael.
A celebration of strength and courage, of facing dragons both internal and external, Michaelmas is a great time to ponder our own inner dragons and to cultivate the courage and strength necessary for self development.”  –Excerpt from “Waldorf Publications” newsletter


I am using the Waldorf Essentials Kindergarten with Rowan this year and I have been telling the story of Super Sam the gnome to him. I have been drawing it out each week on our chalkboard as his adventure unfolds.  This week George and the Dragon were added.  I hope to actually have a minute to sit down and needle felt Rowan a Super Sam playset soon! The stories are adorable~



 I'm loving my Keto lifestyle...been doing it for 7 weeks now! Rowan has been asking for chicken noodle soup so I obliged with the noodles being spaghetti squash.  He liked it...I thought it was ok...I'm not a big fan of spaghetti squash~

 But I did make a Keto bread dragon!

 And I made regular bread dough and Gluten free/vegan dough~

 I read this story to Rowan the night before our gathering and he loved it~

 We had an amazing fall potluck~

 My dragon was delicious!

 Then the kids got to work creating theirs~


 We also had a dragon craft going on~

 Ready to bake~

 Rowan's dragon~

 Then Kelly share with us a Michaelmas story~




 



Doing these festivals brings back such great memories with my older kids! Rowan loved celebrating Michaelmas!  So glad we were able to connect with the Waldorf Homeschooling community here and make great memories~

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Another Quick Trip to Wheeler Farm

 
 In his tree~



 wandering...so excited for Halloween!





 Adorable chickens!

 Turkey~
Mom, he is so soft!


I love our Thursday drop ins to the farm~

Leaf Crowns and more Minibeasts


We made fall leaf crowns today~

 Hoping to collect some more fall leaves this weekend in the mountains!


 He was so proud that he caught it by himself~



We watched him for a while and then sent him on his way~






Nature Walk at Parleys

 

 A beautiful afternoon hiking Parleys at Tanner Park~

 Maggie and Juniper had a blast~
 Tons of exploring and tree climbing~

 Adorableness~

 Ha!









 The old treehouse has fallen~

 But Rowan turned it into a spacecraft~





 Maggie finds a ball wherever we go~

 Hummus baby~


 At the end~










 Love this hiking kid~

 On our way out we met up with our other friends~

 Another awesome day being an unschooler~



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I am a mom to 5 amazing kids and 2 partners and married to my best friend and love of my life for 28 years now! We co-habitate with 2 cats, Asha and Gustav, 1 dog, Juniper Wren, and 2 Chinchillas, Ozwald and Turbo. We have lived in Salt Lake City for 15 years by way of Tennessee and Oregon. I love to be with my kids, knit, run, craft, sew, paint, travel, hike and play :) I love our crazy life!