Day 15 — Best Decision of 2017. There were a few contenders, but visiting @stardiver39 in PA was probably one of the best. I was waaaaaay overdue to visit her, and it was just a nice weekend with my buddy (and F), going here and there and then sitting around. Plus, I’d never been to the east coast before, and it blew my mind how the American history is everywhere you turn. Plus, this food! Remember how good this was, Mo? #decemberreflections #twelve22org
Day 13 — Five Things About Me. 1) I caught the flu the girls had last weekend, which explains why this is so late. 2) I can’t sleep with cats coming and going, so we keep the bedroom doors shut at night. I love napping with a cat, though. 3) My birthday is 12/22. Make sense now? 4) I currently take care of twenty-four animals. 😮 Plus two humans. 5) When somebody asks, “Is there nothing you can’t do?” I usually answer, “There’s nothing I won’t TRY.” You have to be willing to try! #decemberreflections #twelve22org
Day 12 — Reflection. Just going super literal with this one. Happy Hanukkah! We happened to get a box of books from Scholastic yesterday and read Little Red Ruthie (super cute), wherein Ruthie fills up the wolf with so many homemade latkes that he no longer wants to eat her. M learned a tiny bit about Hanukkah, and we used the recipe in that book to make latkes for dinner. #decemberreflections #twelve22org
Day 11 — I discovered that… it’s okay to let the girls guide their own learning. I really came around to the concept of “unschooling”, which I think sounds, to a lot of people, like watching TV all day, but it just means finding the lessons all around us and building up some trust in the child’s drive to learn. I’ve long wanted to homeschool, but even in the past twelve months, I’ve gone back and forth on what that might look like, and I’m sure I will for a long time. At least in these early years, the learning just happens on its own when the brain is ready. M is a kid who resists strongly until she’s able to pick up a new skill with seemingly little effort. When she’s ready, she’s ready. I really want to keep fostering her love of learning, and I hope F’s will be just as strong. (The photo is a big ship that looks tiny, even taken through the lens of a pair of binoculars.) #decemberreflections #twelve22org
Day 10 — Softness. This is an easy one! What could be softer than Birch Bunny? He and Aspen have slightly different coats — Birch has almost no guard hairs, so he’s super fluffy. I lightly brush his hair every few days so the ends will stay fluffed up, and he’s soooo soft afterward. Plus those ears! #decemberreflections #twelve22org
Day 9 — Biggest Change in 2017. Well, we more than tripled the number of chickens! After Laverne died in January, we were down to five, and now we have sixteen.
But, really, F gets the biggest change award. She had just decided that table food was pretty great at the beginning of 2017, and she turned one in June and stopped nursing a few weeks after that. Now she’s an off-the-charts-tall 1.5yo who sleeps in a real bed. So much change in one year! #decemberreflections #twelve22org
Day 6 — I was challenged by… well, keeping it to domestic issues, putting in the new floors was a challenge. Not the actual process, but just the scale of the project and the limited amount of time I was able to dedicate to it. So worth the effort, though! I also feel continuously challenged to keep clutter under control, but I suspect a lot of that is just life with kids. #decemberreflections #twelve22org
Day 5 — Best Book of 2017. I haven’t quite finished it yet, but Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass is the clear winner. When you look at the tag #robinwallkimmerer, there are a lot of posts gushing about the beauty of this book! It’s written as creative nonfiction, not a book of rules, but it feels like a guide to appreciating the natural world. I love, love, love it.
p.s. — We had potato soup with potatoes and carrots we grew, with poached eggs on the side. These came from our chickens, but we’re taking care of some friends’ chickens right now and have been instructed to keep the eggs for ourselves, so I’m looking forward to have more eggs to go around! #decemberreflections #twelve22org