Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Big Orange Splot

Are there books you loved as a child that you can't find now because you can't remember the title? I recently wrote about this very thing on and someone was able to help me out! The book's title is The Big Orange Splot. It's a great story about individuality, following your dreams and expressing yourself. We are now the proud owners of a brand new copy!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Living Outdoors

We've traded a lot of our indoor play and art time for being outdoors. It's perfect weather these days. There's lots to do outside--play in the sand, garden, bounce on the trampoline, pull things in a wagon, climb the playground equipment. Sabrina does it all, but always feels the pull of her art and so every morning and afternoon she will use her chalk, decorate a mound of dirt with flowers and pebbles or make sculptures out of sand and dirt. I really want us to explore using more natural materials in art this season. My first step is to watch Sabrina because she finds incredible uses for everything she finds.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The Singing Ringing Tree

A while ago we watched a strange movie called The Singing, Ringing Tree based on a Grimm Brothers fairytale. It was just strange enough that Sabrina got bored and we stopped watching before the end. We never really talked about it after that, but the story resurfaced as Sabrina planted a "singing, ringing tree" (it's just a branch) and fed it, watered it, decorated its pot and gave it lots of love so it would sing and ring to her. No music so far, but it was a fun way to spend the morning.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Spring Simplicity

Of course I wouldn't let spring come and go without a big cleaning and weeding session, or without taking a closer looks at our systems and routines to see how they can be simplified. In addition, lately I've adopted a new tactic: throughout the day as I see items that are never used or that we can do without I just stash them in a bag in the coat closet. It's amazing how often this happens even when you are so clearly into simplifying and having less. When the bag is full I'm taking it to Goodwill. A few resources that have inspired me lately in the quest for simplicity:

The Laws of Simplicty. Sophisticated theories and ways to attain my vision.
Unclutterer's musings on living simply are both practical and all-encompassing.
Catalog Choice. In 6 to 10 weeks I hope to be completely catalog-free

Image is Half the Sky by Alicia Bock.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Hello May!

I love the first of the month! It's like a mini New Year's Day. In fact, the last few weeks have been not that different from the holiday season: Sabrina turned 4 and CC turned 1! We've had parties and celebrations galore. It's been wonderful and fun and sweet (literally). And I promise to fill you in a little at a time on the parties and the gifts and some other fun things we've been up to.

But right now we are ready to fall into a nice spring and summer routine. The days are getting long, the weather so pleasant. We're dreaming of afternoons at the pool, park picnics, long garden art sessions and evenings observing the stars way past bedtime. Already we're spending lots of time outside the house and it's been grand.

The image is a painting by Sabrina that she titled "Sabrina Looking out the Window at the Trees"