Celebrating Michaelmas

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This is our first year incorporating the Waldorf celebration of Michaelmas into our family rhythm and so far it has been a lot of fun! Today is the Feast of St. Michael but we have been preparing for and celebrating it all weekend. If you are curious about learning more about how Michaelmas is celebrated in the Waldorf tradition, click here.

Friday Gracie and I went to the library and picked out a few books about dragons which we have had a fun time reading. Gracie has been wearing her sun cape we dyed a few weeks ago with our good friends, Jackie and Tristan, and pretending to fight dragons.

Silk dying day! #waldorf #bloppies  #handmade #instawaldorf

Saturday was the Michaelmas Festival at the local Waldorf school, Azalea Mountain. They are generous enough to open their festivals to the public and I think we will keep a tradition to attend their festivals throughout the year. It was a gorgeous Fall day just perfect for dragon fighting!

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Making a corn husk doll.

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So proud of her creation!

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The slide was a favorite of the day! I love this idea of putting the slide right into the hillside.

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There were tons of apples for pressing into cider. We brought some of the ones we picked last week with our co-op.

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Azalea’s festivals always include a puppet show. The stories are always so lovely and graceful!

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Mother Earth leading the children.

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St. Michael tames the dragon!

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The second grade class sang songs about St. Michael. It was so sweet.

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Winter can bring tougher than usual times for families with young children as the days grow shorter and colder. Especially for someone like me who can struggle to get up and get moving on even the loveliest of days. When it is chilly, all I want to do is wrap up in a blanket on the coach in front of the fire, but I have to remember that my squirrelly girl still needs to get out and play and move her body. I have really been using this festival of Michaelmas to have a dialog with myself  about what my inner dragons are that I feel I need to pay special attention to right now as we head towards what some are saying is going to be a cold and blustery winter! It feels good to plan for it now so I don’t catch myself off guard and trying to find strength during the darkest time of the year.

What are some of your dragons?

 

WIP Wednesday

WIP (work in progress) Wednesdays are about sharing what I am currently working on and gathering inspiration from you and others with a need to craft. Please feel free to share links of what you have been working on in the comments. Happy crafting!

 

Seasonal Gnomes

Seasonal Gnomes

So this is more of a “work completed” post, but I am just so proud and even happier to be DONE. I feel like they took forever. But that probably has more to do with the fact that I made 7 sets of these for a swap for children’s manipulatives. They are seasonal gnomes for helping young children understand the different seasons and the cycles of the year. We will use ours on our Nature Table. In the photo above they are Winter, Summer, Spring, and Autumn.

What have you been working on?

Celebrating Independence Day

We were excited to celebrate July 4th with friends this year. I knew it was going to be a long day, so we opted to have a quiet morning at home to conserve energy for later. Better said than done! Gracie has so much energy these days she is literally bouncing off the walls! The dogs keep running away from her because her energy right now is so frantic that she is having trouble controlling her body with them and is being too rough. Of course when they run away from her she thinks it is a game and chases after them which freaks them out even more! There is a lot of deep breathing going on in our house these days.

Once we got ourselves up and moving in the morning we got to work making food for our picnic dinner with friends. We made potato salad and Gracie helped by cutting the hard boiled eggs with our egg slicer. We also made a gluten free flag cake using King Arthur Flour GF yellow cake mix. I love their mixes because they are so tasty you would hardly know they were GF! Grace is learning how to crack eggs so she helped by cracking the eggs on the side of the bowl and then giving them to me to break open. She also helped to pour the milk into the mixing bowl while I held the beaters. She got a little bored with helping at one point so I set her up outside with some finger paints while finished up in the kitchen.

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Afterwards, I went ahead and gave Gracie her bath that she would normally take before bedtime, hoping that it would calm her down so she might take an early nap. It calmed her down for awhile but no nap was had. Around 4pm we headed to the park where we were going to be meeting friends and parked the car then walked to Pack Square where the city celebrations were taking place. It was a good mile walk and I wasn’t sure how Gracie would handle it but she did great!

Asheville Castle

I forgot to take a pic of the whole scene but this is the top of one of bounce houses in front of City Hall. There is little in life that Gracie loves more than a bounce house. We stayed and played for about 2 hours.

Bouncy Slide

Around 6pm we started our long walk back to the park and Gracie and I sang “Let It Go” over and over on the walk back. I love hearing her sing! I also taught her “Skip to My Lou” – well, at least as much as I can remember. When we got to the park, I got our dinner on the grill and Gracie joined her friends on the playground. We sat and played and ate while waiting for night to fall so the real fun could begin!

Flag and Park

Friends

Grace at Bat

Grace at Bat

Flag Cake

Flag Cake

Just as it was starting to get dark, a firetruck drove up because the fireworks were being set off on the other side of the park. The firemen were so gracious and let the kids climb all over the truck and even turned on the flashing lights for them.

Fireman Grace

Evening Swinging

Just as the fireworks were getting started, Gracie began running out of steam and curled up in my lap and fell asleep! She slept through the whole show! Oh well. I think she still had a great day. I hope you all had a fun day, too!

Fireworks

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