A space where family, friends and anyone else can follow our adventures. We are a homeschooling, crafting, music-making, back-flipping wonderfully crazy family living on the coast of Maine enjoying everything life has to offer us!

Friday, November 30, 2012

This Moment

Once again joining Soulemama for {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.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Finger Puppets Started It

That's right, the finger puppets started it all.  Last week the boy and I started discussing what to make for friends and loved ones this holiday season.  There are several little cousins now and we thought that a set of finger puppets would be a perfect gift; I quickly hit pinterest for some tutorials and of course was not let down.
All by himself that sweet boy whipped up these 3 finger puppets along w/ a little pouch to store them in complete with an embroidered heart.  I found the owl here and the frog and elephant here.  He used the basic owl body on all three to make things simpler, as well as googly eyes...seriously can you stand the cuteness.
So next he informs me that we need more wool felt, apparently the stock is low.  Well being that I am trying to use materials that are already overflowing the craffice I dug up the bin of felted wool sweaters and before long and idea was born:
All these sleeves, perfect base for a hand puppet!

As often happens around here, when one person starts making, it's not long before others join in!  So these two spent a good portion of the afternoon yesterday making puppets,  I'm thinking a pattern and tutorial is in order, cuz these cuties are oh so easy and fun!  So far there is a monkey, frog and unicorn.  A giraffe is almost finished and I'm sure there will be more today.  I have no doubt that these gifts will be loved by all who receive them.
What are you working on for holiday crafts?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

And Here We Are

It's been a month since I've visited this site!  Amazing how life can just keep you so busy from wake until sleep.  I've thought about posting often, but then something else would come up and another day would go by.  Then I started worrying that I needed an explanation here in these words...a valid reason why I haven't been here...However, a dear friend pointed out recently that I don't need an excuse, I'm a mom who is busy, as are we all.  So there it is; the truth that I'm sure most can relate to.  Trying to find balance in life with this blog world when it is not your "job". 

We have been plotting right along through this wonderful autumn season we have been blessed with:
A first snow that has come and gone.
12 years celebrated for our sweet girl (who as you may have noticed isn't wanting to be in pictures on the blog right now).
Enjoying a little nature corner again in our home, something we haven't done in the last couple of years.
School is harder this year with a bit of a heavier middle school load, but both kids are doing well.
Soccer season came and went.
The hubs is busy coaching basketball for the 6th year.
We've had a slight gymnastics injury and a girl looking forward to getting back to practice soon.
A bit of house painting.
Some boardgames.
The usual busy life of a family.  I'll be back hopefully soon with more of what we've been up to.  Wish me luck as I try to learn to balance all of this.