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Eloise: Your first hair trim at 4.5 years old. Brushing and washing hair has always been quite the struggle and so we finally talked you into a little trim. I think you were afraid the “cutting” part would hurt, but after ward, you wanted me to trim off a little more every day. “It’s fun Mama”! You said after I finished. Your hair is still very long, but at least now its a little more manageable and no one has to suffer through brushing out tangles anymore.

Eloise: Working on Valentine’s crafts at your nature/art table. I love these simple moments with you.

“a photo of Ellie, once a week, every week, in 2017”

A Week of love

Valentines Day is always a fun one for me. I’ve always embraced the loving aspect of showing the people you’re closest too how much you love them through handmade cards, lovely gifts and goodies. It’s my Dad’s fault. He was always spoiling us as kids with sweet V-Day goodies and I’ve always remembered how fun that was.
Valentines Day for us was a wonderful day of celebration. We started off with some heart pancakes and strawberries for breakfast and a little mini valentine scavenger hunt with cards I made for a Tasha Tudor swap.
Jeff made me a lovely love bird pastel and brought me home a beautiful bouquet of flowers. I got him a wonderful decadent box of handmade chocolates and made him a little mama bear, papa bear card.

Later that day we drove up the coast for a home school valentine party. I had set up some valentine heart sun catchers for the kids to make, we swapped valentines and there was, of course, lots of sweets!
Hope you had a lovely love day too!!!

The Early Bird Catches the Worm


This week was “worm week” in home school club. I put together a little lesson for the kiddos and we headed to a creek to dig for worms too. (I bought some red garden worms too, just in case we couldn’t find any, but we had no problem since we’ve had lots of rain these past few weeks).
I made each child their own felted worms to take home and for imaginary play and put together a  card so we could learn more about the parts of the worm. I will have a pdf of this available in my Etsy shop soon. I also found some great Montessori nomenclature cards for worms, we used this wonderful book and looked at one of Audubon’s paintings which depicted birds bringing worms to their baby birds.

We read Worm Weather and an old 70’s story about worms. We explored and gently handled the red worms in our bins and then headed down to the creek to see if we could find “wild” worms.

After finding all sorts of worms down in the creek and exploring and getting wet and muddy, we headed back up to do some sketching of our worms and then sat down to a fun treat of dirt cups and gummy worms!

Moss Study

These past two weeks have been devoted to all the green that’s been popping up with all this rain California is getting – Moss.  Home school Club has been very busy learning about mosses and lichens. The first week we were home bound because it was a little too wet and rainy. I set up a display of craft mosses and mosses and lichen I had collected. We talked about the different types of moss and how moss grows etc. and then did some sketching and made our own little moss terrariums.

The following week was much more “in the field”. We spent the morning at one of our favorite parks and went searching for moss and lichen specimens. We read the book Mossy (one of my favorites) and sketched what we found in our Moss sketchbooks. We also made little moss peg doll fairies to bring home with us too with the craft moss I had left over from last week. It was a really nice lesson and I think the kids really enjoyed exploring and learning about mosses and lichens.


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Eloise: We visited my parents house this week and for the first time since I can remember, the “creek” near the house I grew up in was filled with water. As a child, I played in this “creek”, catching tadpoles, finding moss and bugs and just being a kid out in nature. We took Ellie down the rocks and into the creek bed. She explored for quite awhile and it made my heart sing to see her playing in a space that I had once played as a kid.

Eloise: Every week we have a little nature school with your closest friends. I lead the group. Last week we learned about moss and lichen. We went to one of our favorite parks for exploring and found all sorts of neat specimens. I love watching you learn and explore nature. My budding naturalist!

“The 52 project, a photo once a week, every week in 2017”

The 52 Project 2017 and our New Year

I can not believe we are already in week three of January. It’s been way too long since I’ve been in this space. I’m not even sure I finished up posting last year’s portrait project. I was loyal to it though and even managed to get a book made for Ellie of the full year. Hopefully this year, I will be a little more loyal about posting in this space.

It’s been quite the New Year with everyone getting sick, and jet lagged from Christmas in Boston (we all slept completely through New Year’s). I’m still fighting a sinus infection in fact. Were trying hard to get our regular rhythm back. We started our home school co-op again every week and Ellie and I started her Natural History museum class once a week and then she began ice-skating lessons with Jeff on Saturday mornings. So, we are definitely getting back into a rhythm.

This weekend was pretty fantastic. I got to go out and march with my fellow women (and men) in the Women’s March in Santa Barbara. It was a glorious day and carrying my sign down state street with so many passionate, powerful and extraordinary people was exhilarating.

Ellie and Jeff dropped me off, unfortunately they had Ellie’s first ice skating lesson, so they couldn’t march,  but they met up with me afterward and we took Ellie to part of the rally so she could see what a protest was all about. She didn’t understand what was going on, but we spoke about being kind to everyone, standing up for good and what’s right and to not let anyone bully you.

We’re getting a lot of rain this winter so far and so sunday was spent indoors, working on art and catching up on laundry (as always).

As for the three weeks I’ve missed for this year’s portrait project:

Eloise: we spent the New Year sick and jet lagged… slept through the New Year in fact.

Eloise: We’re all still sniffly, but we had to get out of the house and into the fresh air. Tide-pooling was calling our name, so we headed out in search of sea life. We found crabs, little fish, lots of shells, anenomes, a few urchins, barnacles, a beautiful white egret and watched some dolphins pass by. It was just what we needed.

Eloise: Your Mama marched today in a historical protest. You helped me with my sign and made your own as well (even though you missed most of the march because of ice skating lessons), but you did get to see a bit of the rallies and you got to carry the sign. I hope that by me walking today, you will have to do less in protest in the future.


Autumn days

It’s coming to the end of Autumn around here. (As Autumn-y as it gets in Southern California). In our home school group, we’ve been studying leaves, making leaf men, collecting leaves to make leaf prints, learning about the “parts of a leaf” and so much more.

We also had a lesson on mushrooms. It was a fun morning of exploring, sketching and learning about the different parts and types of mushrooms.

(the pdf’s of my “parts of a leaf” and “parts of a mushroom” can be found in my etsy store)