new sisters

new sisters
Penelope holding 10 day old Violet

Monday, September 20, 2010

Fall Leaves

Picking out leaves.
Leaves just beginning to turn.
Laying out her waxed paper.
Laying out her leaves.

Arranging them so they don't touch each other.

I love these pudgy little hands doing their careful work.
She loved doing this.
Leaves 1
leaves 2
leaves 3
Hanging in our window.
Penelope so enjoyed painting a pumpkin and I realized we have not been doing nearly enough painting/creating sort of fun since our new baby came. It is hard to really get into stuff like that right now, but as Violet gets into a more regular napping pattern it will be easier. I've decided to really make a point of doing something like this with her a few times a week, we both love it so.

It was fun to make these leaves. Violet fell asleep in the sling while we went for a walk around the neighborhood looking for good leaves ( the leaves have just begun to change, so we really had to search) and she slept through the whole thing, which worked out well. Penelope did everything except the ironing and as we worked we talked about all the things the trees give to us, from the air we breathe to the books we read, the houses we live in, shady spots to spread out a picnic blanket, the box of tissues Steve brought home when Pen caught a cold, the maple syrup we put on our pancakes, and the apples we are hoping to pick later this week. And we also talked about how lucky we are to live in a place where there are so many trees, and beautiful old ones at that. A pleasant way to spend a morning with a 3 year old to be sure.


  1. There's a book I'm going to look for for you, I hope I still have it written down somewhere. Exactly on stuff like this to do with kids. I know you know a ton of stuff from your long years of childcare, but this is an incredible resource.

  2. P.S. Do you girls know the CatWings books, by Ursula K. Le Guin? Do you have them? Gail thinks they're too old for Pen, but I do not.