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Penelope holding 10 day old Violet

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Halloween Party!

Girls decorating boxes for the party.

Penelope making little clementine pumpkins.

Playing a game.

Pen opening a prize.

The kids checking out the boxes we brought.

Chocolate covered strawberry mice brought by another mom.

An awesome melon brain.

Penelope appreciating the huge and amazing gluten free/vegan dessert spread a mama made for the party.


Apple game.

Sweet baby girl wearing a hand me down of the girl's.
Yesterday our homeschool group had a Halloween party. We held it at a local park, and it was a bit chilly, but so much fun. Everyone contributed, we made some Halloween snacks and boxes that had eye balls (peeled grapes), guts (pumpkin insides), bat wings (fruit leather), and brains (spaghetti) for the kids to feel and be grossed out before we told them what was really in the boxes. There were games for the kids to play, crafts for them to do, and so much amazing food. We had hot chili, corn muffins, chips and guacamole, salsa and hummus, hot coffee and hot cider, and an amazing gluten free/vegan dessert spread made by one awesome mama. The kids ran around for hours with each other and moms and dads chatted and drank coffee. Everyone was darling in their costumes. It was so much fun. I'm always so thankful for this wonderful group of people with whom we share community, friendship, support, ideas, and of course, parties. My kids have never lacked friends, amazing learning opportunities, field trips, classes, and parties because of this group of fellow home school families. It's a very good thing in our lives that we are thankful for.

Friday, October 25, 2013

This Moment, Friday, October 25, 2013

{this moment}
A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Goldworthy Inspired

Pen took this picture.

Off on a nature walk.

Just beautiful.

Tear drop shaped stones in order from largest to smallest.

Penelope worked a very long time on this one.

Pen making a driftwood sculpture.

Finished sculpture.
I think this one looks like a Goddess.

When we left this was very visible from the trail. I wonder how long it stood, and if other people saw it and made her some friends.

Driftwood wedged between rocks with purple stones balanced along it.

Penelope as a sculpture.

Violet as a sculpture.

We have been studying the artist Andy Goldsworthy this fall. He does what is called earth art. He uses materials found in nature, the earth itself, and his own body to create amazing and beautiful works which he then leaves behind to eventually be worn down and torn apart by nature. He doesn't use tools normally, and some of his pieces are so intricate and beautiful. Penelope was really into this type of art.

We took a beautiful book out of the library and also watched bits and pieces of a documentary on Goldsworthy. I'd like to watch the whole thing with Pen in the winter and then maybe do some winter Goldsworthy inspired works.

Pen loved a piece in the book we borrowed, so the first piece we did was inspired by that. We did it in our yard with plants both from our garden and wild things growing on the edges of the garden. We fashioned a circle from bittersweet vine and then supported it with Y sticks stuck into the ground. Then the girls wove bits of things they found into the circle. They worked on this piece all day very peacefully. Then we went for a late afternoon walk and stopped to talk to a friend. When Pen told her what we were doing she invited the girls into her garden to choose some flowers to pick and bring home to add to the plant sculpture. The pictures really don't do it justice. Pen also made a beautiful design from hosta leaves and nasturtiums and some little white wildflowers.

We also went for a nature walk at a beautiful place and made some sculptures from rocks and driftwood. I loved this afternoon, the girls were so happy there, the water so wild, the day so perfect. A lot of what we did required lots of balancing and patience. Pen didn't get too frustrated, in part I think because we had seen in the clips we watched, Goldsworthy working on something quite intricate and having the whole thing crumble before him after what must have been hours of work. And once after Pen spent forever trying to get something to stay the way she wanted it to Violet knocked the whole thing down. I thought Pen would loose it but she just shrugged and said " I bet that happens to Andy Goldsworthy all the time, he has kids, right?"

As a bonus, while walking back to the car we found a herd of deer grazing in a meadow. There was a mother and baby among them. We were also studying deer, so it was pretty great to happen upon them. It thrilled Penelope, especially since there was a baby.